So that was it for my 2009 race season weekend training. Starting Labour Day, I'll be racing somewhere every weekend and the next time I return to my local training haunt (i.e. Hamilton Beaches Trail), it will be autumn when the leaves start to fall. I sure feel a little sad knowing that 2009 race season will come to close very soon.
That's enough sentimentality. It wasn't like I actually went to train with my friends in Hamilton this weekend.
Weekend training went very well though a little lonely. For the first time in two weeks, my WHR finally return to a more or less normal reading. That means I can take on full training work load at last. Apparently sleep is quite important. I've been sleeping a ridiculous number of hours this weekend and did not even bother with early morning training attempts. Since I knew my training would be done solo, I could afford some flexibility in my schedule. On Saturday, I didn't get out to train until late afternoon. When I arrived at the 200m track, I was greeted by more than 40 Canada geese. I was so obviously outnumbered. After 20min of futile attempt to chase them away, I finally gave up and went to the nearby 400m track instead. Coincidentally, JB was just warming up for his workout so we trained together for some sprint drills. I felt good in both the straights and corners, surprisingly. I think my recent changes to cornering technique is really making a difference. For the first time this season, I was skating a little stronger than JB on a 400m track without resorting to brute force. An improvement that came two weeks too late.
Sunday was once again more hill repeats. I'm actually starting to enjoy these sessions. Now that I do not panick as much, I start to tweak my climbing technique to climb more efficiently. The rough pavement interrupts my rhythm occasionally but it is also good practice for me to disregard them. Keeping my rhythm is so important when it comes to climbing. Another improvement is I get less stressed out about descending in traffic. Of course I still snowplough the whole way down the climb to control my speed. However, I have a pretty good idea of how much speed I can pick up while maintaining in control to bail myself out of trouble. I really hope my hardwork will pay off in upcoming races.
It's interesting how I have not been skating in a pack for any road/trail training since Minnesota Half Marathon. I miss skating with my friends and the reassurance of knowing how I compare to them. To a certain extent, I feel like I've lost my point of reference. Ottawa is shaping up to be an interesting race.