Little thread resurrection here, because we had a little local race here and I really saw my work over the past year come into play. Recognized a guy who's always finished just a bit ahead of me. Nice guy but the competitor in me always felt I should be beating him. Felt really good about how I started the race and was pacing myself well before the turn when he came up alongside and then probably got about 30yds ahead of me. Kept a steady cadence and concentrated on my course as we headed home. Started reeling him in and, as I got closer, noticed how much his yawing and my ability to hold a straighter course made a difference. Because he kept going from side to side, I was able to easily close the last of the gap and then go by. Probably finished a couple hundred yds in front of him.
Pleased with my track. Wish each of my workouts was as straight but I enjoy letting my mind wander a bit.