am) Fairview track.
Here's the main set:
13 X 400 in 70"-73".
Rest intervals were simply "when I felt recovered". The shortest was 50", the longest was 2:00.
1000 at a comfortably hard effort in 3:15 (tempo effort).
The #1 goal today was to walk off the track not feeling like I taxed myself. The last 400 I felt a little sting so I stopped. The 1000 was more just to see how tired I actually was and it felt relaxed and quite comfortable. 3:15 certainly isn't fast, but it's an indication of how hard the 400's were. I felt very little in regards to fatigue.
The weather was cold (~33 degrees) with a steady rain the entire time and a fairly solid wind. When I lived in Seattle the Winters were simply miserable. The Winter of 1999/2000 we had 90 days in a row of rain and I averaged over 250 miles per week on the bike. I found myself at the end of that Winter able to handle anything, I was "nails" after that. As an amateur I only lost 1 race that year, an Olympic distance race (I think I still went 1:58) 5 days after I won Ironman Lake Placid and set the amateur course record. I think if an athlete can train in miserable conditions there is a hardening of the mind that happens. It's all about enduring in tough times. You get to the point where you simply don't care about the weather, it doesn't matter... there's work to do.
I booked my plane ticket to Chicago. $178.00.