For this weekend my boss pushed me to particiapate in the Bulgarian Trail Series: Birthday Run Железница as part of my training session. At the beginning i was very sceptical and worried that i will only injure myself by running in the mountain. It turns out that this will be quit interesting adventure...
First, the weather was amazing. All threes are coloured in the fall and the sun was shining. Everything was just right!
The race was scheduled to start at 11:00am and slowly all participants were worming up
I was in great mood for my first mountain trail run (10k).
Even the local stock breeder (бай Иван) was on the hurry to remove his caws from the track that soon will be overwhelmed by the mountain runners.
11:30pm the start is given and all 160 of us take the challenge
Because this was my first mountain trail run, i've decided to run by monitoring very strictly my HR. Initial idea was for the first 15-20 min to run with 150bpm then increase to 165-167 for 10 min and then go to the marathon pace of 169-172. Because i was running together with my boss, we decided to make this entire race together as preparation for the Corporate Rally in the following week.
We ended up in the main group, i've noticed that the avg. pace was quit high which led to HR 170 only 10min after the beginning. It was very hard to reduces the speed and not to follow the temptation to run with the main group. Soon, my efforts paid off. Just in 10min i not only overtook the main group, but also was running with about 3.58min/km in the cross country terrain in the mountain and waving at the public.
Above you can check the most important KPIs from the run. The Temperuture you are reading is acutally influenced by my body because the watch was on my wrist. In fact the environmental temperature should have been around 22C. However, the most important thing here to conclude is my VO2 number of 52. My goals is by the end of this training session to achieve 54 and only in the second week of training i already have 52 VO2 max. Nice!!! Also for the first time i achieve max HR of 183. I should be able to go up to 188. Still there is room for improvement.
One lap of this kind was 5km. At some stages i must admit that it was very difficult to follow a HR under the initially set norms. It turns out this terrain offers perfect training and i will include it as my Sundays run.
My final time was surprisingly good. After i made a good push, i've managed to overtake 10-15 ppl in front of me. The official results are still in process by the judges. Will post them soon.
After we crossed the line there was a moment to enjoy together with my boss (the guy in the middle) and Kiril Nikolov (DISL). Both of them introduced me to several other top athletes and we have been chatting for about 2h before we realised that we almost missed the official ceremony. Most important the DISL (you can follow his adventures here) invited me to participate in his training camp this coming November in the Rhodope mountains. Soo, exited!
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