Something went wrong today and I’m not sure why. As we clicked past the 20 km mark of a 30 km reconnaissance run of The Around The Bay Road Race course, I started to falter. I had already went through a full bottle of water and 5 energy gels. But I still couldn’t get any fuel into my cells.
I had no energy.
I began to walk. A lot. And I hadn’t even reached the much vaunted hills of the course. 25 kilometres in and I reached our final aid station. Exhausted, defeated — at least for this morning, but oddly upbeat, I climbed into the backseat of the car and gratefully accepted the ride back to the finish.
My body isn’t hurt. I don’t feel sick. I just could not get my legs going. I really can’t remember the last time this happened so early into a long slow run.
Could it be the last couple of weeks of intense training has caught up? Will some rest do the trick? I really don’t know.
What I do know is that with 2 weeks to go until the race, my taper has arrived just in time.