By clive on Oct 11, 2009
I need to stop doing the Aber Twin Peaks race. Despite the history I ran past without knowing about most of it and the marshaling, organization, en-route support, etc and goody bag all being top notch, at 7 miles and 1000ft, it is probably incompatible to train for and race in events like Highland Fling and the Nant Peris Horseshoe given my own unique combination of natural ability (not) and time to train. My time was about 10 seconds faster than last year at just under 62 minutes. So a year of training and not much progress? What did strike me was that after 5 minutes and a cup of tea I felt like I could have started running again. Last year I was a wreak for the rest of the day.
What I suspect has happened is my VO2 max has remained much the same and the threshold between where the body chooses the form of fuel (Glycogen or fat) has improved. The later not being a significant part of this race as the body typically has over an hours Glycogen store. I am much better at hill climbing and longer distances than I was this time last year.
So you get what you train for and I will continue following my running interest of longer mountain based races, but I think I will start to include a flat speed (all things are relative) session at least once every 2 weeks in my training.