It's 5-1/2 months until aquathlon nationals and I'm ready to commit. I started the day off strong with a run test. It's been since December since I had a run test and then I was coming off a terrible cold and was just beginning my marathon training. This time I am coming off of the marathon and starting to feel like myself again.
The test is 3000m on the track as hard as you can go. I started out fast, probably too fast, but I was doing what I could to hang out. Several time I had to sort it out in my head. My brain struggles on the track. I would do much better if the run test was a race. I clocked in my first "mile" (the garmin never matches up to the track) at a 6:14. Holy pajamas! I haven't run that fast in years! I pushed and pushed and came away with a 12:41, which is like a 6:49 pace (although my watch read 1.99 miles for 6:22 pace). This was a 45 second improvement over the last run test I did. Hopefully this translates into some speedy races this spring/summer.
So now I have a baseline for a little while, which includes new heart rate zones and paces. Most of my workouts have one or the other so lots of updates to come soon as to if I can hit these new zones/paces.