Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Raising The Bar At New Fane … Twice!

This evening I was delighted as I left the parking lot at New Fane because I knew my third and final lap on the mountain bike trails was a personal record. What I did not know at the time was that my second lap had been one too.

On Sep. 8, 2014, I turned a 25:16 lap but for some reason I had 25:05 in my head today. When I completed my first lap in 25:40 I knew I was going pretty well, and I was thrilled with 25:11 on my second lap but I failed to recognize it as a new PR. Completing my third lap, there was no doubt: 24:44! That is a solid beating of last September’s mark.

I am seeing steady improvement as I prepare for the Northern Kettles Fall Epic on September 19. If I could average 25:42 per lap—no easy task when you account for accumulating fatigue—then I could complete 7 laps within the 3-hour time limit. Only 3 guys were able to do that in last year’s race, and they were all Cat 1 strongmen. I completed 6 laps in 2:41:13, an average of 26:52 per lap. Squeezing in an extra lap might be too much for me, but I like my chances of improving my time for 6 laps.

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