Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:32
RACE REPORT VLM 2013
So, I'd had a few things to deal with in the couple of weeks leading up to this years race. I think that if you ask people, two of the most stressful and time consuming things that one can do in life is have a baby and move house. Well, I moved house on the Friday and then came up to London on the Saturday for the race with wife and our 3 week old son in tow.... I ink that ticks the "I was busy beforehand" box.
This may sound like I'm getting my excuses in early, but in fact that's to the contrary, as you will find out from reading on, in fact it spurred me on.
We had based ourselves in a hotel just near Waterloo and woke early to get the prerequisite breakfast and beetroot juice in. Banana bagel sandwich, Beet It shot and instant porridge was the food of choice - mainly because I wanted to be able to avoid the hotel food and have something that was simple enough to eat through the pre-race nerves.
Except, there weren't any. Not breakfast.... Nerves. It was very strange. In previous races I've always felt nervous before hand but today I felt calm, a little excited but calm and collected. I think that this was purely down to confidence. I knew that I'd prepared well and I just needed to make sure that I stuck to my plan and things would be ok.
Getting to the blue start area early I found a quiet patch of grass next to the fence and sat down to watch the day unfold. I think this is where experience of previous races shows - there are always a lot of people who stand around here for ages but why waste your energy. And sitting in the right place is always a good shout too - the fence around the men's urinal is not a good shout, as come race time there are a lot of last minute pee-ers the other side of the tarpaulin...
I got into pen 2 nice and early and sat down again. Then realised I'd checked my bag in without taking off my favourite "FLM, i got rejected in the ballot" training shell top. Oh well, I'll ditch it at the off - there's my bit for charity done.
So after, what I thought was a very poignant, and well respected 30seconds for the events in Boston a week earlier the horn sounded and we were off.
My early strategy, in fact my whole strategy was steady pace of 7.10 /mi which would take me home in 3.08 - this would allow for the inevitable slight slowing towards the end and I would reach my A-Goal of sub 3.10. I wasn't thinking about B goal at the time, but if I'm honest, I'd be disappointed if I didn't break a long term goal of mine which was 3.15.
I'd also arranged a little forum train of myself and Lorenzo, and perhaps Carbloader was going to be around too but wasn't sure as I think they were all off the green start. As luck would have it, I heard a shout out just behind me as the two starts merged and Lorenzo came along side. We said a brief "Hullo" and discussed tactics, confirming that we were both on the same plan and settled in to a really good rhythm. I have to say at this point that I'm pretty rubbish at pacing, or rather working out splits in my head, so was pleased that Lorenzo seemed to be able to give us updates of target time at whichever mile we were at, and he even got the km splits down too.