An unpleasant DiscoveryJuly 19, 2008
A week before a big race, I like to do a shorter race or time trial as a final test of my fitness. Often that time trial consists of a single lap of the hilly 2.8-mile loop trail at Discovery Park. My time there is usually similar to previous times — between 15:04 and 15:13 — providing some reassurance that I’m about as race-ready as usual.
This morning I completed the loop in 15:55, a full 15 seconds per mile slower than expected.
Either I had a really bad day today, or else I’m going to have a really bad day on the 26th at White River. Or both.
Perhaps if I get the self-doubt and self-loathing out of the way now, I won’t have to deal with it on race day?