Gobi - I'm with you now a 7.xx average is amazing we are at different ends - O for this time last year when I could churn out high 8.xx without thinking about it - albeit over an ordinary marathon course. Sam Brown - let go of my hamstrings!
These pace bands are what I need - I will seek them out on arrival at base camp. Thanks Dannirr and Gobi .
Gobi - I think we are pretty close; it is just terminology "count" v "time based strategy" etc. What are these pace bands you speak of? Do they have more structure to them than simply 12:45 per mile for a slowish runner? I will be "cruising calmly" down the road "gently prodding myself" to keep pace as I count my miles and minutes. As the attrition rate mounts and my limbs beg me to stop I will think of a mouse Bon Jovi orchestra playing "Living on a Prayer" on french horns to distract from Sam Brown singing "Stop" from her evil broom wagon .
Gobi - I'm not putting time in, I'm counting time by, a simple balance, I think everyone must do that? You want to know where you are whether it be on gold medal pace or in a 12 hour bus, you count. I'm just used to the process through training. I'm also under trained for this, it will be a miracle if I don't fade. I know from marathons though that the mind rules the body, that will get me through this, as I count. Good to see you have all your medals. I will look for your plaque on Saturday's tour - I will brace myself for the school Dannirr
Are there two types of bus? Pace groups, and, the dreaded mechanical version with wheels that sweep up those who fall below cut-off times? So; "don't fall off the bus", but, "don't get on the bus"? RR - or RC I found you a temporary avatar to go with your new call-sign :-
Gobi - ouch I feel the sting of both your blades . My "bank" was in relation to my pace plan; relax and proceed; that's all I've had for weeks as I've climbed the mileage table and absorbed the physio, typically up-hill in 12s, flats in 11s, downhills in 10s. I agree that pushing to put any more than that in the vaults would be daft. On the expectation that I will slowly decay and hit 13s, 14s, 15s...20s, thats how I will attempt to work out where I am in relation to death tapping me on the shoulder. Is that a plan or just "hope"?
RC - have you changed your call-sign? I am also expecting to cry at Ethembeni School, but I will do it in full motion, onward .