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Back at last! I have been struggling to decide whether or not I was ready to compete on the track. I have had some gratifying interval speed workouts at my goal 800 meter race pace, but every time I reduced the rest interval between my speed repeats, my heart rate really jumped up and would not drop to an acceptable level when I reached the end of the rest interval, before the next repeat. I would have to extend the length of the rest interval until my heart rate was at an acceptable level. I expect this to happen at the end of the workout, but this was happening after only a few repeats with the shorter rest between them.
Eventually I decided to run a 600 meter time trial at my goal 800 meter race pace. I felt good during the first 200 meters, but I was quite a bit slower than my race pace. I began to struggle during the second 200 meters, which was slower than the first 200. The final 200 was a bit faster, but I not as fast as I thought I was going!
Anyway, I was well off my goal 800 meter race pace, which I needed to achieve to qualify for the 2015 Senior Games. I decided not to compete in the qualifying Games this month, but rather continue to train in my steady, gradual, injury- free way. I’ll race only when I feel ready, hopefully by next Spring. It is difficult indeed to accept that the recovery time after surgery and the recovery time after strenuous workouts get longer and longer as we age. What helps keep me exercising though, is that I still love to run, my blood pressure and heart rate are low, and my overall health is very good. Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE – EPISODE 19