Ever wonder what a solo 5k looks like?
About like this. Me, waving at the camera as I stealthily run by in the dark. I kinda look like I’m up to no good with my mask on but my reflective gear makes me look like a person you can trust. I took a trip to St George with Harristone/Sun Valley Mortgage Cycling Team this weekend. I was also signed up for a 5k that I was sad to be missing so I went out early Friday morning before we left to take on the course solo. Solo 5k’s aren’t that awesome. 5k’s are hard enough. Take away the crowd, race day energy and enthusiasm felt, you pretty much just have a street in the dark and your thoughts.
Thought of the day from Kara Goucher: “I’m not done yet”
This course is flat, like really flat, and I really had no idea what I was capable of. I have not put in a lot a fast workouts. My first one was earlier in the week. One mile total of 200’s and my quads felt like I had run a down hill course half marathon. I didn’t know that was possible. My plan was to start with a 7:45 for the first mile and hopefully maintain or speed up a little with each mile. That’s not quite how it went but I’m very pleased with myself still, especially considering the way my quads felt. Without the quad soreness I think I could have done a little better, and stopping for cars added a few seconds, but this was a good test to see where I’m at.
24:43(7:58 min/mi) finish time
I was sad to miss the 5k but I’m soooo happy I made the decision to go down to St George. The weather was perfect and I got in some amazing riding with some pretty rad people. I’m going to be doing some racing with the team this summer so it was fun to meet and hang out with them. We got in about 120 miles of riding over the three days.
Day one was an easy, fairly flat 35 mile afternoon ride. This was my first real group ride. I’ve been riding for years but I feel like such a newby. It was a little weird and intimidating but so much fun.
Day two was the longest day with a 65 mile loop. There were some good hills and I over did it on the first one and lost my energy half way through. We stopped for pie and it gave me enough energy to finish. In years past this ride has been windy. I’m really glad the weather was perfect because I wasn’t mentally prepared to handle wind and weather.
I wasn’t planning on a ride on day three. I was just going to go to yoga and relax while everyone went out. I went to yoga with a few others and decided I’d go out on the ride and see how I felt.
This was a 20 mile ride through Snow Canyon. This ride was perfect. So pretty, so warm, and so chill. I stayed back with a few peeps and we just enjoyed the scenery while everyone else raced up the climb… and back down.
It was a great weekend and I’m so glad I went!!! This team is a great group and, although I was reminded that I need to wait until after Boston to race bikes, I’m excited to get my Cat 4 on.