I am trying to figure out what went wrong on my run at the Utah Half. I fully expected to run a 1:50 after a 2:50 bike, based on my race-specific rehearsals.
The St George data from TrainingPeaks is below, showing a bike TSS of 260 and time of 2:56 on a very hilly course.
The St Geoarge run shiws 12.7 miles in 1:58.
The Utah Hald I just completed shows 56 miles in 2:44 with TSS of 216 on a flat course (very similar temperatures but Utah Lake is at 4500 ft elevation versus maybe 2500 for St George).
And the Utah Half run on a no-kidding flat course was 2:04 for 13.04 miles.
So what went wrong? I dont know.
Here are some possibilities:
1. Lack of moto because my family wasnt expecting to see me finish strong.
2. Not enough water / calories on the bike. At St George I felt like I had too much in my belly (6 bottles + 4 gels + 2 bars in 3 hours) when I started the run so I planned to cut back this race. Was planning 3 bottles + 3 gels + 1 bar on the bike but onky got 1.5 bottles + 2 gels + 1 bar.
3. Did I go too hard on the bike? I dont think so. My first mile was 8:15 on the run and I felt great! The TSS for Utah Half bike was 216 vs 260 for St George. But I dont think those numbers can be compared because they are not power-meter based.
4. Maybe I was just tired from standing around all morning waiting for the weather to clear….after battling the storms all night in my tent.
5. The Utah Half was flat flat flat and required constant effort on the bike and run, but the St George courses were hilly and allowed for some resting on the downhills after uphill efforts. I tried to practice on flat courses to train for this difference but maybe I didnt do enough of that.
6. Legs did not recover appropriately after the backcountry trip in Yellowstone. I had a 65 pound pack (kids’ stuff mostly and food) walking four miles very slowly….it was more difficult than expected given my previous ease on much longer hikes with just 40 pounds for me.
7. My hips hurt on the run beginning at mile 3, and they are still sore. I don’t know why but this is entirely bew to me.
8. I had some beer and wine within thred weeks of the race. No alot, but a few here and there might make a difference because this is the first time I have not completely abstained for four weeks prior.
I think it is a combination of all the above!