Today was hilarious in retrospect but crushing at the time.
This winter while running the Howe Street stairs Jim Kodjababian and I noticed that our times (1:10 or so) were just five or so seconds off of the Strava CR (1:05) for this climb. We talked about how in the past we were pretty certain we had gone under one minute so we decided to rest up and then come out here and claim that CR for ourselves!
We had some trouble coordinating the date so I was here alone but figured no big deal. It was GO time!
The last couple of days had not involved any running and I was thinking I was pretty fresh. Wearing my light/fast shoes I parked, walked two flights to get the blood flowing and then ran one flight one step at a time to up the leg speed. Finally I descended, turned around, grabbed a lung full of air and took off.
I was flying! It's amazing how fast you can go when don't hold back. During our weekly workouts I was always pacing myself so I would not blow at the top and so I could repeat the effort a few more times.
Things started to get hard as I neared Broadway but I still managed to accelerate as I crossed the flat street and I had a good head of steam going into the final pitch.
<< !!! B O O M !!! >>
If there wasn't an audible sound surely there was a small mushroom cloud because just two steps into the final pitch my legs exploded. Big time. Man was it bad... in the matter of three seconds I went from running to hobbling to hands-on-quads-barely-able-to-take-the-next-step. Ridiculous. At the top I looked at my watch and saw 1:18. Fuck me.
I went straight to the car and drove home. No way was I going to post a respectable time today. I spent the rest of the day consoling myself with chocolate and then after work I met Shelley and a bunch of friends at the Polish Home for sausages, piroshky, cabbage, potatoes and beer. At least I walked a bit from the bus stop to the Polish Home.
My first ever pre-meditated Strava CR attempt was an epic fail.
|7:15 AM - 185 lb.
|Time of Day
|low 40s, calm, dry
|Howe Street stairs
|Brooks PureCadence 2, Garmin Fenix
|Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Brooks Podium LS shirt, Brooks Podium SS shirt