OO53: just listened to the marathon talk interview with Charlotte Purdue and she has started marathons young. Wisdom seems to be if you are fast then you can develop speed and move to marathon later, but if you are just a diesel then go straight to marathon.
Great week there Leslie, but why even follow up a 15 with a 12 and then make it 19? Good pace: any races planned: you need to cash in while you are flying.
Don't quite know what he was thinking. With my slow start I was moving through the field and could see he was moving backwards so he had fallen off the group I was targeting. In XC I am all for a bit of tactics, so certainly if you are ahead of someone then you get to choose the line you want to and if it is narrow you can shut it down for a while and hold people behind you, but his tactics were a little too far.
Chuckled Phil. I bet that guy didn't even know you were there
But if you think the start is a "steepish", I'm not surprised you think there are 100s of hills in there
He knew I was there.
I definitely see 4 hills: first long haul up the green slope with a little kicker at the end, then another just before mile 2 when you haul up to to the lane. Fast along and then down back past the start, left and hill number 3, muck around at the top then down and up for hill number 4 before glorious green downhill and a little uplift at the end.
Today was Handy Cross XC for the Thames Valley XC league. For those not from this area, this is very different to the Saturday XC races. This is a race for a number of local clubs and guests. There is only one race so all ages from juniors to vets run as well as male and female so a wide range of abilities and speeds.
This has loomed on my calendar for a few weeks and I wasn't sure about it but the emails went out asking for runners and I had my miles done so didn't need a long one so turned up slightly apathetic and even standing at the start line still wasn't up for it. Gun went and we were off, well sort of. The start is on a single track on a steepish downhill and it was walking pace for a while before the field stretched out. Once going, the mojo returned but a quick glance round showed the errors of the start and I was way back and had to start picking slow runners off (not helped by the fact that the way to the start was up so people had to pass through the entire field to get to the back and many didn't). Settled into it and got a good rhythm going. I've done zero hill work this year so easy up the hills and ensure I got into a good pace immediately off the top of them and pick up those who passed me and a few more.
At about 3 miles into a 5 mile race I pulled up alongside a Sandhurst runner who just would not let me pass. If I stepped to the side to pass him he sped up, if I tucked in behind him he slowed down. He even jumped form one side of a path across to the complete opposite to counter one overtaking move. Was temped to ask why he was being such a twat but I knew there was a steep downhill and up again at 4 and I was fast down and slow up so knew it would shake out over that section and it did with him falling back. That 4th and last big uphill is the last sorting of places and a cavalry charge back to the finish. Got passed by a TVT guy in the last hundred metres or so: hat off to him as he is a big guy and must be 85 kg to my 65.
Little annoyed with the eventual position as I must have lost 20 to 30 seconds pissing about at the start but other than that, a good day out.