Instead of a question this week, a review of Mike's training and yesterdays race performance in question and answer format:
How did Mike do?
Using his 1000 meter workout on December 18th (10x1000 on 5 minutes at 3:21, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 16, 17) and his 800 meter workout (7x800 (800 recovery) in 2:29, 2:32, 2:30, 2:32, 2:31, 2:33, 2:32) on December 24th indicated a time between 2:36.21 and 2:37.23, so his time was just a little off what the workouts indicated.
Mike said he expected better, what happen?
Our original goal was for sub 2:35 and although the workouts were indicating 2:36-2:37 3-4 weeks before they also indicated some underlying fatigue ( see his comments in his log: "Dead tired for cool-down, no snap in legs", "A little burnt for the last two but the jog home was nice"). Since we were in the taper phase these were not good signs. It was around this time that Mike came down with a head/chest cold. This lead to a cut short back to back with fatigue ("stopped 3 miles early, felt crummy") and a cut short 1000s workout ("Stopped after 7.5 instead of doing all 10, lungs and system felt stressed"). Even though we tried to ease off to combat the illness it showed up at the beginning of the taper causing the taper to be just break even instead of gain. The last back to back and 1000s workouts should have been easier that the previous ones because of the taper but as you can see they were not.
OK, I'll stick out my neck and say that in my opinion the Tucson marathon hurt you over the last few miles, and probably cost you your time goal. (Thomas)
It may have but it also could have been returning to speed workouts or high mileage too soon after that marathon but in any case we were playing catch up on the recovery cycle. This is what most likely lead to the infection/cold.
What did you learn from this build?
Mike definitely responds very well to higher mileage and will be using the same levels in the next build. We have his speed workouts very well correlated to his racing fitness (His 1000 workout before the "training" marathon indicated he was in 2:40.00 shape).