Ok, so this is the first time I've trained at altitude, a new lifestyle, a new diet etc. I always knew it was a bit "trial and error" to start with and there was always a risk I wouldn't run well in my first race coming down from altitude.
My result in the CPC half marathon in the Hague was 69.23, my slowest half marathon for a number of years, rather than give up thinking it's all been a waste of time I have to look at the reasons behind the result. During the race pretty much from the start my legs felt very, very flat and the further into the race the heavier they felt, after about 10km I couldn't run at a pace that got me out of breath. I think a number of factors played a part. Firstly, this was my first race since November so I can put it down to being a little "race rusty". Second, I had a long journey from Iten back to the UK, then a long trip over to the Hague. The third possible explanation and the one I now think is the most likely is that some people when coming down from altitude get this "jet lag" type effect which usually happens after a few days of being at sea level and can last up to 2 weeks. The general rule of thumb that I have seen is to race either within the first 48 hours or after two weeks. When I raced I had been back at sea level for four days.
Has anyone else who has trained at altitude had this or a similar effect? If so I would like to hear any theories or solutions you may have, you can either leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So a big learning curve which has made me change my original plans about when I come back from London.
I went out to Kenya in 65 minute shape and there is no way I am now in 69 minute shape. Anyway I am back in Kenya now to put the finishing touches on my marathon training, I'm glad to be back but is was nice to see my parents (Hi mum, good walk yesterday!!) and I had a good trip to the Hague with John Hutchins, who ran a pb but needs to control the shakes if he is to beat me at pick-up sticks!