|Near the start of the Avoca Steps. |
These days, I tend to judge fitness by the time taken to run a regular course, and how I felt doing it. In earlier days, I often used a time trial on the track, or something like the average times achieved running multiple 400m repetitions in a track session, as guides. They're not foolproof methods, and subject to the vagaries of small sample sizes, but if a benchmark is achieved it gives you confidence that your training is going to plan and that, in turn, gives you the confidence to go for the time or place aspired to in your target event.
|More of the Avoca Steps. |
|Further up the Avoca Steps. |
|The final section of the Avoca Steps. |
This morning, my rational self won and I walked up the Avoca Steps, but it hurt my pride and worried me some. I can't put my finger on a single problem, but can think of multiple reasons, none of them individually important enough to explain my excessive fatigue. For the moment I'm assuming that it is the combination of these factors - lack of fitness base, a total of 45km solid running on the weekend, and a head cold that is now beginning to affect my chest - that explains my troubles this morning. However, if the fatigue persists through to the weekend, I'll be considering whether another visit to the doctor is required.