Monthly Handicap at North Curtin
Dist: 6.2 km in 27' 36" at ave 4' 27"
Started in group 33, finished 22nd overall ( before ineligibles taken out)
Warm up/mark short course:
Dist: 6.1 km in 42' 52" at ave 7' 02"
Weather: cloudy, temp 20 degrees, humidity 75%, wind calm
Week: 68.15 km, Feb: 348.55 km, Year: 804.6 km
Handicap run No 173, all in the Thomas long course series.
A couple of days of no running due to a virus have knocked my km totals about for the month & YTD. I had hoped to be near 450 kms or more for February but will now struggle to get any where near 400.
As well, I was above 100 kms per week, but that has dropped just below. A fine line between pleasure & pain.
Today, the monthly handicap was the loop around the suburb of Curtin. It has 2 km up hill start, then a down hill about the same length thru the suburb on the bike path before a flat 2 km to the finish on the bike path following the open drain.
No appetite over the last few days could have meant no strength, but I found I was Ok. Probably wouldn't have wanted much more distance although I would have passed Ewen if there was extra.
Ran the first km in 4' 26" then up the hill in 5'02", both good solid kms. Caught Janene here. The down hill was Ok, ave about 4'08" but not fast enough to gain on the main pack & the faster runners behind me would have been near 3 minute pass, so catching quickly.
I did have a good finish with the lovely & speedy Michelle catching me then passing inside the last km. Managed to get Ewen out of a walk/trot near the finish with another hurry up, never seen sprinting like that before.
I needed the points so didn't give Strewth any advance notice & just pipped her near the post. Mrs Muscles well in front again, the handicapper will need to look closely at her results as she is eligible next time.
Another good result, a bag load of points & nicely inside the top 10 after 2 events.
With the virus nearly gone, I am hoping for a good week of running in Goldilocks weather, not too hot & not too cold, and no rain.