Went out tough and went down hard… (4k time trial)

Hmm… Don’t really know what to say. Hybris.. Or maybe just idiocy.

As you might have figured out from my title of this post the 4k time trial didn’t quite go the way I wanted. Before I went there I weighed myself on my Beurer body composition scale just for fun – and a little for statistics, which I’m also very fond of. 😀

2011-01-09
Phsycial condition (Measured with a Beurer body composition scale)

Weight Fat % Body water % Muscle % Bone mass (kg) Basal Metab. Active Metab.
66.9 10.0 65.7 45.7 10.6 1678 Kcal 3107 Kcal

I started out with some minutes of warm-up at low speed. Then, like I wrote yesterday, I intended to start at a pace of 3:40, which equals 17.65 km/h… or.. Now I recall that they had written the pace conversions on the treadmill, which wasn’t similar to the ones I had calculated on a website.. I just looked it up on another site – I started out way too tough!! Maybe I did anyway, but the wrongly calculated paces I started out at was actually around 1.30 km/h faster than what I thought – That equals a pace of 3:24!! I thought it felt fast – And it was!! Way faster than I’m used to start out at..

Anyway, to continue with the time trial.. I started out at pace 3:24 (then). I felt the fatigue come very quickly and realized after a little more than a kilometer that I wouldn’t be able to complete. At 1.5 km I pushed the stop button.. The lactate had built up without mercy in my muscles. Then I thought I was just going to turn around and leave..

..But, like I’ve told before I am a little stubborn 😉

So I thought I at least had to complete the 4k’s of running, even though I had failed with the time trial the moment I pushed the emergency stop. I jumped on it one more time – now with a more modest pace at 4:17 (14 km/h). At that speed I believed I could manage to complete the 2.5 km that was left. I also did complete it and just to convince myself that I could push myself a little more I raised the pace to 4:08 the last 100 m (quite an achievement, isn’t it? *ironic*).

If I was to complain about anything other than myself (Shame on me!) it would be that the ceiling fan (no joke, there were no A/C) which opposite to me didn’t run at a too high speed, didn’t give much comfort in the struggle I had put myself in.

Detailed Garmin data (Here you can see that my Garmin and the treadmill don’t agree on how long I’ve run, and therefore my Garmin gives a lower pace than what I would’ve got if I only followed the treadmill. I’ve tried to end every lap at exactly the 1k or 0.5k mark of what the treadmill showed)

If the paces doesn’t match the ones I’ve written above in my telling of the run it’s because the ones in the table is calculated from the time of the Garmin and the k indicated on the treadmill. I hope they still are somewhat truthful to how it went, else I believe that the treadmills distance indication isn’t very good.

Day 20, build up (In the Total I’ve subtracted the data from the resting lap)
4k time trial on treadmill

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR Cadence
1 1.0 3:34 3:34 176 186 93
2 0.5 1:52 3:44 187 189 94
Rest 2:28
3 0.5 1:52 3:44 166 175 92
4 1.0 4:20 4:20 181 187 96
5 1.0 4:16 4:16 191 197 98
Total 4.0 15:55 3:58 182 197 95

Compare with the Garmins total, which differs:

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR Cadence
Total 4.38 (diff)
15:55 3:38 (diff)
182 197 95

Thoughts about tomorrow’s 4k time trial

Maybe it really isn’t much to speak of – such a trivial thing as a time trial. It’s only to have something to test my current fitness and adjust the upcoming paced runs after.

Well, to me it is a big deal. I have been running slow, easy runs now for over a month, which makes me feel uncertain of my abilities. Sure, I do rely on the coaching I get and that the easy runs lays a good foundation for the coming race training. But something in the back of my head still nags about me not being able to run as fast as I did (39:47) in the Kretsloppet 10k race in August.. At least not until I’ve proved otherwise, anyway 😉

So tomorrow will be an important test for me, other than something to base my paced runs upon. If it shows that I’m in greater shape than I think, it will boost me to continue struggling – and if it tells me that I’m not in as great shape as I used to be, I will try even harder to get back there and over it all.

I believe there’s actually a possibility that my fitness has gotten worse. But to lay a good foundation to reach even higher maybe that was a necessary evil 🙂

Anyway, my plans for tomorrow will be to start out at 3:40 for around 1k, and then take 3:30 pace for 2k’s and end with the last k at 3:20. Don’t know if I will manage, or even get close to the goal, but that’s the plan!

  1. pace 3:40
  2. pace 3:30
  3. pace 3:30
  4. pace 3:20

This will leave me at an avarage of 3:30, which means a total 4k time at 14 minutes. It might be a little high aimed, but I like it that way. I think it’s still reachable if I haven’t lost it all…