Monthly Handicap at Campbell Park
Race: Distance - 6.0 km in 25' 28" at 4' 15" per km
Warm up jog - 1.5 km in 7' 43 " at 5' 09" per km
Cool down jog - 4.5 km in 23' 37" at 5' 15" per km
Started: group 35
Finished: 13th overall, 7th eligible, good start to the year
Weather: cloudy, temp 15-16 degrees, humidity 50%, wind calm
Week: 12.0 km
Jan & Year: 341.85 km
In contrast to recent days and weeks, the weather was near perfect for a short, fast race this morning. Recent rain made the track muddy in places but it had also dried out considerably since yesterday's walk over the course. Good to see familiar faces again after the end of last year, some going well and some in need or repair. The hazards of running and life in general.
Plenty of incentive to run hard today, forgetting that tomorrow is a difficult but fun day running up Mt Tennent. Six Foot Track runners provided incentive to chase, CJ just a couple of groups in front, Ewen off group 28 and Strewth off group 21. As well, Elle has decided to run SFT again and she was out there as well.
Last year I ran well here, although I find it a bit short, it's not an easy 6 km. A flat start, then a gradual up hill to the 3 km turn, then a good fast down back to the start.
Last year I ran 25' 15", this year 13 seconds slower. Lost those precious seconds on the return down hill. Exactly the same time for the 1st 3 km, then no speed coming home.
Caught CJ early, trying to be consistent, caught Ewen before the turn around, caught Elle with just over a km to go, and finally ran past Strewth inside the last km. An unhappy noise came from Strewth, must have the cold air that caused her to cough or mutter something. However, most of us, kicked Ewen's backside, pleasure.
Good result, lack of speed a cause for concern especially as it relates to running fast down hill, not really just flat speed. Leg turn over needs to worked on, as the aerobic base is there. I didn't slow down on the way back, just don't have the top end speed.
Rest this afternoon, a nana nap may be the go, although a bit of gardening could also be relaxing. Mt Tennent, here we come, get us the best you have, except snow. Ready to go !!!