Well, I finished my season with a disappointing marathon result on Sunday - a 3:56 time for 42.2km. This was supposed to be my revenge from May when I just missed that boston qualifying time, but instead I got my butt kicked for good reason.
The past 6 weeks since my ironman, I had put up some reasonable training based on a very abbreviated program. However, the intensity levels had dropped and life at home and work was getting extremely busy. This had the impact of putting me at race day, undertrained, less sleep than desired, and not as much attention paid to nutrition as should have been the case.
But hey, I had ran a marathon this year on arguably less base fitness and I had just put up an ironman, so I should have been reasonably well prepared.
The day was near perfect, while cold for sitting or standing outside, it was certainly almost perfect weather for running in. There was modest winds, but nothing that would throw me off my game. The crowd was large but not as large as I was expecting, there was lots of room on the course to get past people, aid stations weren't difficult to access.
The race course is excellent for residents of toronto. You get to run straight down yonge st and then up university to the finish, which i think is quite unique. My race plan was to go out slower than mississauga, where the first half was done in 1:38, this time I took it out much more slowly with a 1:48, hoping I could bring it home in 1:43. This would be a qualifying time for boston. The difference was that in mississauga, I was still feeling good at the half way point, whereas on sunday my legs had begun to complain already. Mind games had begun, should i just veer north on university and finish the half (+ 3kms) or turn south and gut it out. Well i chose the door on the left. Thus began my 20kms of shuffling to get myself to the finish line. There was nothing particularly pretty, nothing really eventful, it is just a slow agonizing run, when you know you dont have it in your legs.
Coming up university is a great finishing chute, with lots of people to cheer you on. I just couldn't get into it given I was so far back of my goal. The reality was that i had packed in my goal at university and wellington st the first time I had passed through.
The reality is that you cant fake this distance for a race. There is no capability to run on fumes, to go 100% and collapse, you have to manage it from start to finish. The management begins in the training and has to last right to race day if you hope to achieve your goals. It didnt happen for me and hence I paid the price. I limped to the finish line yesterday and still limping today.
Race season has closed, 2 marathons, 1 ironman, 5 triathlons and 5 cycling races in the record books. Upon reflection a very good year despite a few disappointments.
Wait until next year.