These beast feeds upon itself.
I've been around the block enough to trust that a couple back-to-back quality weeks would silence the beast, and I would be back in control of my training. Maybe a month or two behind my training from one year ago, but back in control nonetheless.
Thirty-one days later and I'm in a whole different place. I considered January 2011 to be a pretty solid month, as I had a decent base of work under me going into 2011. When I stacked it up against this year's first month, though, I liked what I saw.
- 235 miles / 29k of climbing in January 2012
- 222 miles / 15k of climbing in January 2011
- 27 days running in 2012
- 27 days running in 2011
- 13 days crossfit/cross-training in 2012
- 0 days in 2011
Furthermore, I'm shocked to find that some of my early-season tempo efforts have been faster at the same PE. Today's 5 x 1000 (2 minutes active recovery) around Stratton Rez were done comfortably in 5:58 pace. I did this same exact workout (give or take some reps) many times last spring, and usually found 6:10 to be about the right pace for an LT effort. On the few tempo efforts I've put forth, I found a similar pattern - I'm comfortably about 10-15 seconds/mile faster.
Go figure. I'm still a few lbs over fighting weight, especially for 100-milers. Maybe 2011's miles are beginning to pay off.