I do not have a lot to write about with this race report, other than what I need to record in order to prevent the same mistakes in coming races.
It was unusually warm/humid with 60 degrees and 94% humidity, so not great running weather. The event was great and the course was good and well managed. I am disappointed in my effort today but I'm glad that even in my shitty state I still kept going.
I wanted to run a PR today and when the gun went off I went out a little fast. It felt a bit too quick for the beginning of the race but I shrugged it off thinking I could maintain the pace and get even faster later. I should have paid more attention to how I was feeling inside and not paid so much importance to the damn time on the clock. I even said the night before that "you can't win the race in the first half but you can sure as hell lose it." I was forcing a pace based on the fitness I wanted to be in and not the fitness I was actually in.
My GPS was useless and it was all over the place with the builds. I went through 4 miles in 21:00 and 5 miles in 26:30 which is actually great but shortly there after my legs got really heavy, which is unusual that early and Greg floated away. I spent the next few miles feeling sorry for myself as others were passing me. I didn't have the confidence and the mental tenacity to stick it out and although I tried to rally several times my legs were done.
My only conclusion is that the training I've been doing this cycle is simply too much. 100 land miles and 21 pool miles is too much while working full time. I really should stick to maximum weeks of 90 land miles but keep the length of the quality days up. Training too hard is ironic. You spend so much time going after it but what good are workouts if you can't recover sufficiently? Plus I had a lot on my mind and wasn't all there when it got tough.