CC - if you are tight buying kit..god knows what you will think of my recent impromptu purchase at Nike Store. only went in to exchange sizes on a pair of my wifes racers. and i got this little haul for me...a pair of lunarspider stripped back racers, zoom streak racers, 2 pairs of lunartempos, 1 pair of Vomeros, and 2 pairs of lunarracers 3 (1 pair off camera). Should see me through the year
decent session SG - i quite like the track for runs like that..i know its boring going round and round but you get an accurate reading every 400m so its easier to keep the pace for me.
i did a 16*400m off 80sec recovery last night. It was very cold but they all came out 68/69s a few 67s by accident and the positive thing was they werent strained...i was controlled and felt "comfortable". So hopefully in a decent place to push on.
good racing matt - particularly with the "distraction" to deal with.
some tidy training going on and good XC as well to simon and PMJ
I had the birmingham league XC last sat. the race is stacked with talent and you quickly get swallowed up if you are not on it. I set off and at 800m in, im at 4.42 pace so i ease off to 5.21 pace and im quickly down in the 60th or worse position. i console myself that surely everyone cant keep that pace up. i notice a few people ahead of me that i have beaten recently so i know im doing ok but not great...but the pace is still warm. Next mile hits some twisty sections and i work hard where possible, i gain a few vests but not many are coming back towards me. that mile was 5.18.
3rd mile and im starting to work harder but the course gets tricky i take a few more vests including a teammates who is normally faster than me (but is on the mend from injury) a 5.32 mile. im happy with the pace but im still in the late 40's will no sign of any group ahead coming back. So i push on and make a break to catch the group ahead, i drag back to them and pass them so i focus on going for the next group. im moving fast on the surface now as i take people i get into the late 30's into the last mile. That mile was a 5.29. i have passed a team mate and i know he will want to come back at me so im super focused and work hard. i pass a few others and through the woods i know the sprint finish is there..i kick to give the chasing pack no chance to catching me but there is no one ahead who i can catch as they had too much gap. Last full mile was 5.30 and the last qtr mile came out sub 5min pace.
finished 35th and ave pace 5.25 so not too bad on xc. The front was stacked with internationals and loughborough uni students.
Dachs, our county champs are what you are after. I ran and counted towards the senior team points. i also counted towards the vets team points (though our team was incomplete). Same goes for the u20's. I think this better than the rules you have to put up with. Also very good racing. Should see you at the inters.