Posted: 24/09/2015 at 01:05
Bummer, Skinny. But chin up, can you not juggle your schedule slightly to fit your session in? Proper catch up tomorrow, but immense session, Mr V.
Another visit to Watford for me tonight. I'd already picked up 3 x PBs in the previous 24 days (2 x Mile, and 1 x 800), but could I further improve the 800m tonight?
Autumn is well and truly with us - you could feel it, smell it, and with numbers massively down on a fortnight ago, it was obvious this was the dying embers of the season, and with the light fading rapidly as I began my warm up too, it was difficult to find the motivation to get up for this one.
I think there had been 13 heats last time out, but we were down to just 4 this time. Having won my heat by the thick end of 2 seconds then, I revised my time down from 2:15 to 2:12 to try to ensure I was in a faster heat, though as it turned out, it made no difference with the standard spread more thinly, and I'd have been in the same, much quicker heat regardless - 2:02 was the prediction of the fastest, blimey. No danger of going with that!
A late, rushed change of shorts was required with the racing shorts now officially retired after threatening not to - ahem - contain everything they ought to.
All sorted in time however, and in a heat ranging from fast, athletic young men to a slight, very young looking girl the pace is fast from the off, and starting from the outside this time, I'm happy to tuck in at the back and take shelter from a fairly fresh breeze up the back straight. I'm still there at the bell, though not by much, but I am outside my target of 66 for the first lap - probably 66.5, so a shade quicker than last time here but less than I'd planned.
I push hard, and have to go wide round the bottom bend to take one youngish lad who is beginning to fade. The rest of the field has opened a gap wide enough to no longer be effective as a wind break, but I'm by no means hopelessly out of touch and it's certainly close enough to be a motivating chase.
I think I may have heard an encouraging word from Dachs with 200 to go as he waited for his 3000, and I can't fault myself for effort since the bell, I've been giving it the lot, and just hoping the legs don't give in down the straight. They don't, and I'm making progress on at least one lad in front of me, but still moving well I run out of track before I get to him. I'm not sure how much the wind on that back straight might have cost me, but feel I've run a strong second lap, and hope that another PB may be in the offing.
Later confirmed as 2:14.89, so another 0.6s chalked off and 81.78% WAVA. Whilst not quite what I'd hoped earlier in the year, that's still nearly 5 seconds off this season, and 4 PBs in just over 3 weeks - got to be happy with that.
I do need to work on that first lap though, so will be seeking out more 200/400 races particularly early season next year, to get used to the faster paces and hopefully enable myself to commit to it. About 66.5/68 today, so I'm hanging on fine on lap 2 - most people's really fast 800s seem to have a positive split of double that - about 3 seconds.
Very interested to know who the young girl was, as she beat me comfortably, and think I may have sussed it - 13yo if I'm right, and reckon that will have made her the 8th fastest U15 in the UK this year - impressive!
Hung around to give Dachs some encouragement as he chased his sub-9 target - an impressive, gutsy run and good to catch up for a slightly longer chat before the long drive back north.