Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:20
In a reversal of normal protocol, I'll do my reading-back and commenting once the reports are all in -- more efficient that way!
Quick note to selbs though that you totally rumbled me, but the reason I swerved left on the TB approach was to greet my family who always wait there (I should teach them to wait on the racing line side in fact, would have saved a few sec!). And while I'm robotically focused for 99% of the race, doing aeroplanes over Tower Bridge is just an irresistibly wonderful thing to be able to do now, it's my one indulgence and with the family watching too
Also I must quickly point out that my fellow V45 rogues I always see at the end, CL & CD, bang out sub-2:40 performances year in year out with very little fuss, despite being closer to the upper end of our age bracket. Noted with due respect.
And yes I had great day. I knew from training runs that my HR was low at a 2:40 MP, implying that I was good for a bit quicker, yet I was also worried my muscles might not be up to sustained speed on my low-quality training diet. Felt effortless from the start as ever, and this time I deliberately made the most of mile 3 by using my Snowdonia-practised 'loping' mode to gain about 30 sec for free with a 5:36 split. Perhaps because I'd done that though, I started to notice a niggle mid R quad which wasn't there before Sunday -- gah! So that left me terrified for the rest of the race that it might gradually cramp up and wreck my race. So while the running felt effortless for ages, I didn't dare push on too much (and knowing in general that's a bad idea early on anyway of course). Kept things reasonably steady, trading places repeatedly with Muss (great to have someone else still to work with when most of the field were going backwards after 16M). Not until about 24 miles did I really risk pushing on, and had what felt like a quick finish.
Scores on the doors: 2:38:56, just 10 sec outside my PB from 2013 which I never thought I'd get close to again. My (joint) highest WAVA for any distance ever. So very happy with that -- but tinged of course with a 'what if' I'd just managed to do 0.5 sec/mile quicker!
Lovely to see people at the pub, too. What a fab day. As ever.