I gave it everything I had in this, my first race outing since the London Marathon last year.... It's amazing how amnesia affects the brain as I told myself to enter this "flat as a pancake" 10km but how I'd forgotten that little rise (plus the wind) around 3km on the grass. I'm sure I went through my whole repetoire of obscenities to myself getting to the top.. and making up new ones.
It was all about keeping the TRACCIES at bay for me. Having started alongside Bill (Well done on another PB), gradually reeled in Rick, only to be overtaken by Jerry, my main aim was to keep him in my sights. My whole PhD approach to hydration saved my bacon today as Jerry stopped for a drink at the turn and I didn't reclaiming the lead in my personal crusade and just keeping going as hard as I could wind assisted.
The end result was a 51:58 which is my fastest for 2 years and is only a minute behind my 2005 PB of 50:51, so a couple more months redressing the muscle to lard ratio and we'll have another go!!!
Once again, Well done Rick... you looked fairly comfortable when I passed you around 4km and you were still less than a minute back. So well done sir!!! As for big & powerful.... One of those words sounds about the truth
Also, well done to Debs and her personal pacer JFDI and Alex on your PB's and Donna and her personal crusade against the wind tunnel. Also welcome back to Adrian after your illness. Just remember... Rule number 1: Listen to your body sir!!!!
Finally, well done to any other TRACCIES who I've yet to meet who took part and have yet to rope into my studies..... I mean give the opportunity to really give yourself the most scientific fitness test available......