Turns out the start of the 5k was late anyway, delayed by the complex arrangement for the US Master timing described by itrithere4iam, we didn't start until 8.15. I got pretty near the front, off to the left side of Congress, as we headed down Congress I tried to keep a balance pace and not to wear myself up before having to head up San Jacinto. I moved to the right ready for the 10k/5k split, and worked pretty well, or so I thought, at the 3-mile mark I glanced at the Garmin, it was already at 23:50 and I had a hill ahead before the finish line.
I crossed in 25:16, not bad but not where I'd wanted to be. Turns out I was 3rd of 12 in my age group, although I was a distant 3rd, I was also 65th overall. I'm happy with that.
I grabbed a bagel and a coffee from the mobile Starbucks wagon. As I got up to the road there were still a ton of people coming in on the 5k course, two women had stopped to take each others picture with the Capital behind them, I obliged and took one of them together.
My pace was all over the place, and thats partially understandable, the slowest 1/2 mile was the one including the steepest climb on the run.
BIKE: Getting but to the house was hard, I'd forgotten the 10k course went almost past my front door. I had to cut up the inside from Barton Springs Rd. Within 10-mins of arriving home I was out on the bike. I decided on a hard short ride, time to test out my speed and pace, I was delighted. I headed out of South Austin, I took it easy for the first four 4-miles, I even sat up for a mile or so fiddling with the Garmin. When I got outto West Gate Blvd it was game on to the end of Brodie Lane. On the long flat part of Brodie down to Slaughter, I was pushing 29MPH, although in the in the graph it only shows an Avg of 23MPH, I'll take that. I was suprised that I was in good shape all the way down, across on FM1626 to South 1st and then back on S 1st.
Most of the miles from then on that were under 20MPH avg typically had a hill to climb, the red line on the graph is the elevation change. One thing I was reminded today, I don't go uphill fast!
RUN: After what was definitely my fastest ride of the year so far and a good omen for CapTex, I did something completely in character, but completely against advice. I left my running shoes and the new built-up shoes in the garage, and after a running dismount on the drive, I grabbed the built-up shoes and went for it. I did a full mile on the shoes before coming to a stop and walking home. They felt really weird. On any sloped surface it felt like my ankle was going to cave-in. Then it just felt like I was running with a brick attached to one foot, which of course I was. However, as I rounded onto S 5th I had to say my hips felt good, which they normally didn't by then. I'm going to try them again Tuesday, perhaps I'll try for 5k.