Posted: 19/04/2015 at 15:50
Zurich 2015 Report
Well after a good winter of training the race seemed to come round very quickly, arrived in Zurich lunchtime Friday so plenty of time to check the race out and area out. Having done Stockholm it was not a great surprise of the cost of everything here. The city although very expensive works like clockwork and is very friendly.
Hotel was ideally situated close to the expo and a handy tram stop into town, only downside was oir room which was really warm so had two rubbish nights sleep on friday and saturday.
Spent saturday taking it easy after a couple of miles to get the legs turning over ready for raceday.
Raceday - with a 8.30 start it was a 6 am wakeup followed by breakfast then over to the expo to get a free shuttle bus down into town. Got down there for 7.50 so plenty of time for a warm up but had to drop my bag first which was a bit tricky as all the signs were in swiss. 15 mins later i was told to head to the start area after little time for a warm up. The weather was about 5 oc with clear blue skies and no wind so perfect for me. I did fear what would be store later once things warmed up.
Made my way to my pen which was a bit of lottery as no one was policing what runners went where. I had decided that I would aim for 7.15 - 7.20 per mile pace for at least the first half and see from there. The first 5-6 miles where through the city centre, great crowds very very noisy with lots and cow bells and chanting like you hear on ski sunday. The course profile was pretty flat which was nice to know in the back of the mind, always tricky when you dont know the course I think.
Got on the pace from the off with it being a bit narrow in places, first 5 mile splits- 7.21 7.19 7.19 7.12 7.09 . After leaving the city the course followed the banks of lake Zurich which looked stunning in the sun, the course went out following the shoreline before turning back towards the city. At this point i was feeling good with conditions still cool and still.
Mile splits to half way - 7.18 7.16 7.15 7.19 7.21 7.20 7.23 7.14 , so to mile 13 in about 1.36 which was a little bit behind my A goal.
The views were still great and was feeling okay to enjoy the snowy mountain tops and and fab lake.
Was happy to turn and head from home although the wind was now picking up and we were heading right i to it ! Next 5 m Splits show it , 7.19 7.16 7.23 7.23 7.22 7.25 although not a major slow down I was trying pretty hard.
Mangaged to hook up with a about 6 others to run as group which helped a bit but I somehow ended up at the front taking the buffering with no one wanting to take a turn, maybe a bit of naivety on my part.
Could now see the city in the distance with another 8 to go, the temperature was now going up but still not an issue fortunately. With the city in looming closer i decided to try and push a wee bit and leave the group and see if any followed.
Next couple of M in 7.14 7.15, now getting close to the city still trying to maintain the pace with no thought yet of trying to really push it.
With just under 5 m left I was going as hard as I could, didnt have the confidence to up the pace just yet, crowds were put in force in the city which was great.
Now feeling a bit warm bit legs were not yet in bits but knew they were heading that way, next 2 m in 7.20 7.18 , noticing the spits I just hoped that there was no great crash in the next 3 .2 .
Thought sod it nothing ventured so just tried to force the pace as best I could , 7.12 and 7.25,seemed to go by quickly, was blowing by now big time and running on my own vut was picking off plenty of other runners which was good.
Now entered the last 1.2 m and legs were hurting, temp was warm but still had pace, knew that my A goal of 3.10 was o