Posted: 10/10/2016 at 10:51
As Matt and Simon said I did the national 6 stage relays on sat. We had 3 drop out with sickness on the day we knew as a team we would struggle. 2 of the lads not running was a 14.10 and low 15min 5kers so any team would miss that. I had been feeling sick a few days before but with the other lads dropping out I loaded myself up on lemsip and got out there.
First mile I pushed it but I was getting passed by so many and they just dropped me. Made me feel like I was standing still. I was 4.53 pace at one point and loads flew past. I convinced myself they had overcooked the start and I would reel them in later. 5.16 for the first mile with the big long hill in it. Though everyone else's garmin beeped way before mine so it was probably much quicker. Next mile flattens out....more people fly past me So I try and go with them. I working hard but my legs feel empty from the recent sickness. 5.18 mile. Next mile I push hard. I start passing people, a 5.11 mile. I have a big gap to the next in front but have about 7 vests on my shoulder. I decide to hold what I have but kick the finish hill. we turn hard and all start sprinting. I take off and destroy them according to strava I have the 7th fastest sprint finish on the course of all time and only 1s off being 1st. Though I take that with a pinch of salt.
Finished in 18.48
managed a quick catch up with Simon, but couldn't find matts camp though did give him a shout out on his leg.
Was great watching olympians like butchard and other proper fast types too. any race where jonny davies is about 8 th fastest shows the calibre.
spent all day Sunday ill and I'm suffering from sickness now. Looks like a few days off!