Today I planned a "well-paced" 20km with A, to help with some goal setting for the half next week. I didn't plan a windy Welly day, though I guess I should have. And, hey- that's what I'm likely to get in a fortnight's time, so it's good to be prepared :)
We set a good brisk pace around the waterfront. I'm changing the Garmin to give average pace, as it's not really accurate enough at a given point. It was quite disappointing to see 8:30ish pace all the way round, but to finish the first 10k at more like 8:55 pace! (though P was pleasantly surprised to finish his 10k time trial in 42:30, having seen very few paces under 4:20 during the run)
Then it was time to head back and brave the winds. We lost a lot of time, but I'm pleased that I kept chatting and my HR stayed about the same.
All in up, it was just under 20km in 1:55, for an average pace of 9:19/mi. Not the greatest time, but I'm feeling reasonably confident about the race (knock wood). Soooo... set my goal. Bet my time. I'll think of a present for the winner!