Posted: 07/03/2010 at 17:35
great PBs on a day that didn't necessarily provide the best conditions for them.
Mava, well battled with the wind
RFJ - sounds like a well planned race
ALD - how much further do you reckon you can get into 36:xx?
nice long outings as well, great battling from Stickless, Chickadee's 22, and well done on the 70 in the week Pammie....something that I've never managed.
Meanwhile, at Arrowe Park, the sun shone, but there was plenty of frost in the shady parts of the course....arrived feeling, tbh, that I still really hadn't fully recovered from last week's bug.
As luck would have it, the turnout was the strongest I'd seen for this event, so, mentally braced myself for a good kicking.
3 laps of ~2 miles each, basically, gently downhill, a long uphill drag, then a horribly bumpy & uneven stretch back up to the top of the course and the end of the lap.
As expected, spent much of the first lap watching the field extend into the distance; by the end of the lap was last but one of the senior men. Fortunately, there were still targets within reach, and gradually reeled one of them in in the downhill section of lap 2...then the lead woman over the uneven section.
By lap 3 was running relatively well and closing on two more targets, got close to both by the time we reached the uneven stretch...don't know what it was, maybe lack of strength in the wake of the bug, but lost lots of ground as I seemingly stumbled over every hummock and molehill in the next half mile. Came out of that stretch with still about 300m to go to the finish, one target out of reach, did my best to run down the other one.....got within 5 metres or so, but the finish came too early to get closer.
Not a great performance, but gave it my best shot in the circumstances. Certainly felt I had when coughing my lungs up after finishing.
Actually paced it quite evenly...14:05, 14:05, 13:51
Disappointing to finish so far behind people you think aren't that much faster than you (if at all)..... but hopefully can shake off the remnants of this bug in the next few days and resume progress....