Yesterday I ran in a cross country race for the first time in 3 years the U of S Huskie Open . Having not run in a race for so long I was eager, excited and nervous. My race form was yet unknown to me, though I knew I would be no superman. My strategy was to focus on myself, to stay in control off the start and then to try to wind things up in the last kms. A sound tactic if I do say so myself. To bad I could not pull it off.
When the race started I was in control and found my rhythm. I felt strong for 2 laps, then in the 3rd lap I was feeling "it" feeling maxed. It was in this lap that I made extra effort to stay with a group of ten runners. Unfortunately when we came to the hill I began to crumple. The next two laps were damage control. I fought to hold my pace and to finish the race. I finished exhausted, I finished. And I loved it. You have to love that feeling of shattered self mastery.
I finished a distant 48th in 26,11. Underwhelming no doubt. But I intend to make improvements. If nothing else I hear running keeps you thin. The Huskie Mens team placed 3rd overall. In the future I will be glad if I can contribute to team successes.
My training for Cross country continues to be full on. This will no doubt improve my running and keep a basic level of fitness. Unfortunately this has led to a disgusting lack of cycling. I have spent far too much time off the bike. Somehow I need to find a way to continue to ride while re-learning how to run. In all ways that I train my focus is to cycling.
Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.