Met the group at Palo Park. We had the biggest Tuesday morning group I have ever seen this morning with 22 people, I think! Lots of fasties to push the pace too. I brought up the rear (hung on as best I could) to the fastest group consisting of a couple of super fast triathletes, John, Simon, and Colleen. It was awesome to be pulled along by such strong athletes.
20 minute warm up, stretching, strides
8X1000 meters back and forth on the Cottonwood trail which is about as flat as it gets in Boulder but it does have a very slight decline for the first two, slight incline for the second two, and back and forth like that. My times were 3:26, 3:21, 3:26, 3:24, 3:26, 3:19, 3:28, 3:19, which according to my watch, was 5:36, 5:29, 5:36, 5:35, 5:36, 5:28, 5:38, 5:29 pace. Odds were supposed to be at 10K pace and evens at 5K pace, so thats why every other is a few seconds different. I didn't really look at my watch much, I just went by feel and tried to stay somewhat close to Colleen (I was probably 5-10 seconds back each time though). Also since I was bringing up the rear of my group and we were going by Simon's watch, I got between 1:45-1:50 of rest each time rather than the full 2 minutes. This didn't seem to bother me much as I felt my heart rate go back down pretty quickly after each repeat.
10 minute cool down. Started to rain lightly during the cool down. The weather could not have been more perfect for this workout. 63 degrees and overcast. Reminded me of Fall. I LOVE Fall weather. I also love cool summer morning weather.