Posted: 28/10/2014 at 22:38
You know, I hadn't realised it had cut me off mid sentence!
I heard my name to my left. The voice sounded so familiar that my head snapped round. It should really have stayed looking where I was going. I perhaps wouldn't have fallen over (now 60% failure rate to stay upright on the descent) and bashed my knee. Ah well. Went off down the hill at a slower pace than in the past, not because of the fall, just because that's how I'd been going.
As we came down the Tarmac into the outskirts of Llanberis I thought about trying to catch and pass a lady from Sarn Helen I had been slowly getting closer to, except as we turned right then left towards the high street she and the group around her went off. I haven't sprinted at a finish for over a year now, scared that my calf wouldn't take the pressure. I then decided that i would, just to see if I could. Not only did I overtake her and the group she was with by the blue arch with what looked like a timing thing under it ( Anyone know what it was ), I saw one of the Buff team I'd met earlier with USD on the way to the start and decided to push it even harder to see if I could catch him before the finish. I really thought I had just got him, but looking at the results, I hadn't......
Mr Garmin reckoned I held sub 13 second 100m pace for about 30 metres at the end which resulted in two things:
1) If I can do that there is nothing wrong with my calf
2) knowing if I had anything at all in my stomach it would have come out as I retched and nearly threw up from the effort after I'd crossed the line.
Dead chuffed I can still sprint like that even though I've not done any rugby for 18 months.
Finished in 501st place and 3:56 dead. Faster than last year, but I had torn my calf, slower than my SNOD PB of 3:47 from a couple of years ago when I specifically trained for this race. All in all happy enough with the result. Mile splits are pretty even over most of the course, with the exception of the track after the Pen Y Gwryd Hotel and the hill at Waunfawr.
From the top of Pen Y Pass to the finish I passed a nett 250 people, about 15% of the finishers, don't think I've done that before. But before I pat myself on the back, a nett 8 people passed me between the start and finish meaning that while I passed 250, they had all passed me previously, plus another 8, in the first 4 miles. ( Ok, so maybe not those exact 250, but you get the idea).
Roll on the year of speed and PB's that is 2015, followed by the year of the reverse double, meaning a guarantee of at lest one PB in the next two years!
Should I really be so excited already?