Today I ran in my first trail race of the 2020 season. I ran the Pierre a Voir race in 2017 and this year I chose the shorter 21km Trail du Bisse race to start off my "season". The race is a climb up from Saxon to La Boveresse and then a longer, runnable descent along the bisse and down towards the finish in Saxon. I knew it would be intense and faster than what I usually prefer, but I think that was exactly what I needed with no race miles on my legs at all this year.
I ran with a plan to control my intensity (mostly in Z4) for the ascent and then to run as well as I could all the way down to the finish. This worked perfectly! With some support from V I used my race nutrition and I got to run harder than I ever do in training. My goal was to race my best race and to run as well as I could at every point in the race. I achieved this goal and didn't have any issues along the way. I was so pleased to execute a race plan in race conditions and give it everything I had on the day.
I have some work to do and some training needed to get back to top form. However, there are a few more races on the calendar and this served as a great re-introduction to racing!
|A beautiful morning for a trail race.
|I was very happy to get started and to be racing again.
|Heading up from the valley through the vineyards and into the mountains.
|In Sapinhaut and finding my racing rhythm again.
|A fantastic race and great sensations all the way!