Excellent review there Ric, very evocative. Was that the same time you were bunched up on the ground sobbing into your ankles?
Ace PB CC, your year of PBs just keeps on rolling.
Nice reps as usual Simon.
Basingstoke for the Hampshire League XC today. Wasn't intending to do it, but managed to sort out a clash at the last minute. This is probably my favourite XC course, so fancied my chances of bettering last month's 18th.
Felt like I needed a faster start this time, cos I got swamped at the start last time out and had to work my way up from about 40th. Well, somewhat to my surprise, this fast start put me at about 3rd at the first corner, in what can only be described as something of a misjudgment. It doesn't even feel that fast, but I let a few go past over the next few hundred metres anyway on the basis that I might regret it otherwise.
I settle into a bit of a battle with a trio of youthful rosy cheeked Reading AC chaps, and we are running somewhere between 11th and 15th. As this battle unfolds over the next couple of laps, one gets away ahead whilst the other two fall behind. I'm struggling, but just trying to hold my position. However, on the last lap a couple get past me. Nevertheless, I'm pleased to cross the line in 13th, easily my best finish in the league. 33:23 for what the Garmin tells me is dead on 10k, so that can't be bad on a rolling XC course.
Simon, yes that's a bit short of your standards, but even when you don't have a great day you're still never that far below par, and mid 26's is still a very handy time in the grand scheme of things.
Nice ejaculation of pedantry there Phil.
Thanks for the comments all. I'm certain I'll get that 31:xx one day. Eastleigh in March looks likely to be the next attempt.
Not sure what to make of the fact I've had no soreness whatsoever since the race. In fact, I felt pretty full of running on my warm down on Sunday. Strange, cos I certainly don't think I could've squeezed more out in the race itself.
As for wandering eyes during races, there really isn't that much scope for me to do that unless there are laps. However, I have no moral objection to it. Anyway, Donald Trump has been elected now, which surely legitimises all of our unsavoury behaviours. Personally, I'm thinking of becoming a racist. It seems a lot of fun, there are some natty costumes, and it saves valuable time if you can instantly judge people based on their ethnicity rather than going to the trouble of getting to know them.
If only Bus could find some way to bulk up his wrists. Potentially related to his ogling during races.