I’ve ridden 20K and constantly fiddled in my mind if there’s still a pain or not. After 15 Minutes I somehow felt a “phantom-pain”. I was concentrating so much on this tendon, that I felt something, that wasn’t actually there. Five minutes later I got aware of that and thought: “Common, be realistic. Ride this 20K and when you feel a pain afterwards you cancel your race.”
So did I. And an hour after the ride, there was objectively no pain. So I decided to do the race on Sunday. With one little change. I degrade it to a C-Race and use it, to get back into training.
It’s a hard decision for me, to degrade a race. But I have this long-term-training plan, which dictates the decision here.
The second reason is for a memorable moment. My little brother – normally playing soccer – agreed to do this race with me. He’s a strong runner but can’t swim freestyle and first sat on a road bike a month ago. So maybe he will catch me on the run and we can cross the finish line together which would make a lovely memory.
What are your reasons to degrade a race?