The challenge was laid out in email form from Timmy L – 5km to the base of Heartbreak Hill, a 2km surge then 5km return.
Caught in two minds here. C2S just 4 weeks away and no hill training vs 10 days after a marathon. Legs feel OK so I joined Tom, Timmy, Jerome, Mike G, JW and Crossy starting at Macquarie Street. A good crowd.
With three bloggers in attendance, there is bound to be some ugly banter. I stand by my view … food is more exciting than reading a training log.
Anyway, the first 6km to the base was easy. Tim bolted earlier, I followed and surged the 1.5km ascent at 3:50 min/pace, putting my heart rate and quads to test. Got to Kincoppal-Rose Bay before turning. Aside from Tim/Jerome, the others kept it easy. It was all over soon and there were few signs of fatigue. A good sign.
Joined Jerome and Crossy on the return back to the city. Pace eased back to 5 min/km. I counted 6x where we almost became roadkill.
17km all up in 83 min – 4:50s average pace.