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Moose Run 25k 2014

Another early start to drive the 2 hours and a bit to Eastern Passage for the annual pilgramage to the Moose Run 25km.

This is not a race, times and placings are recorded but there are no prizes for winners. Many folks aiming for Boston, or another spring marathon, use it as a tune-up run, and others as a useful benchmark to see where you are at after the winter.

Apart from the strong winds, and a blizzard, it wasn’t too too cold and finished in sunshine, but the hills are killers on this route and you have to work bloody hard. I wasn’t feeling 100% for racing, but set off ok, keeping a steady but solid pace, and went through the turnaround in 59:xx, which is deceptive as there is a dogs-leg in the outbound. I increasingly struggled to keep the pace going. My ankles weren’t particularly sore, but the hip flexors on the left side were, and the ball of my right foot became very sore. I don’t think it’s a varucca but that’s what it feels like, the Mizuno shoes seem to exacerbate the problem. Need another shoe change :-(

Anyway, I struggling painfully in, rallying a little in the final mile, and eventually finished 11 seconds faster than last year. I *think* I was 21st which would be the same placing as last year too, but some of those in front may have been relay teams, impossible to tell. 205 registered runners. Job done, I have an idea of what needs attention – longer runs, and longer tempo work basically.

So, I signed up for Challenge St. Andrews, along with Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O’Donnell! It’s shaping up to be an awesome race. Managed to get back swimming x 1 this past couple of weeks, swimming around 1:45 / 100m which isn’t too bad.

Need to shed a few pounds, maybe 2 kilos and keep the strength work going, otherwise I’m doing ok.

April 18, 2013

Took a half day vacation as the weather was good and I wanted to fit in a mid-long brick – I have been feeling like my cycling needs work and mid rides at race pace or aero threshold are going to be an effective way of bringing that on, and more brick sessions should also help my race run. It’s all very well being able to put out a series of sub-4 kilometre intervals, but running off the bike builds strength, confidence and pace awareness.

Rode out to the end of the road in the park and then up to the drive for the Mersey River Chalets and back which is 75k+, at the short end of what I want, but I don’t want to knock my pan in. It felt breezy on the way back, but I don’t think it was overly so, 2:05 for a 36kph+ avg. That’s more like the sort of pace I’m looking for. I was working on staying focused on my riding – not a bad ride.

Hopped off and ran the highway south 12k route. Another awesome run! Just about spot on for distance/time, but ran 4:50min/k for 12k after a 2 hour tempo ride. Feel great, but what is going on with this running malarky? Could have done with a shot of energy drink around halfway, but otherwise just ran smoothly and controlled at aero threshold.

April 16, 2013

After the trauma of yesterday and a day when I couldn’t bring myself to workout, even if it hadn’t been my usual rest day, it was time to get back at it today. If one thing shone through clearly from the stupid pointless actions of asshole ‘terrorists’ in Boston it is that runners and endurance athletes in general aren’t easily terrorised. I love the story of 78 year old Bill Iffrig, who having been blown off his feet by the first bomb 30 feet from the line, got up and finished, he said “I ended up second in my division. After you’ve run 26 miles you’re not going to stop there.” Awesome.

So, sticking my middle finger up at anyone who thinks their political cause is big enough to warrant doing this to a globally respected international event where many people were running to raise money for charity, I was on my bike at 5:45am and rode in solidarity with everyone injured and affected by the pointless tragedy – Hell Hath No Fury, you’re damn right…

Got home from work determined to get out for a run. And what a run it was, I would love to think that the joy and effort I put in somehow added to the pot of runners’ empathy to be drawn on by those in need. It can’t obviously, but my main thought whilst out there was, I’m just grateful to be able to run. I love running, and it would take a lot to make me stop.

I ran kilometre intervals, 5 x 1000m in 3:50, 3:52, 3:41, 3:55, and 3:47. Holy crap, that is unbelievable. I have *never* run that fast, and consistently so too. Unbelievable.

What a day.

January 16, 2013

Bloody weather! Missed another swimming session due to the snow, only the second proper snow storm of the year, and both have fallen on a Wednesday. Ya couldn’t do that if you tried.

Plus my bloody knee was sore again today, yesterday’s hard work did for it. Anyway, in the true spirit of injury cautious triathlete I thought that I would rest it… and then did an hour on the bike. At least it was a steady ride – finished watching 2006 Kona, Norman Stadler stays out off the bike ahead of Macca. Michellie Jones takes the women’s win, but having a bad day that year was Natascha Badmann who at 40 years old, and a six-time winner, blew up and finished in 10th, but still finished like a true champion – in 2012, at 46, she finished 6th, should she be considered the most awesome triathlete of all time? She’s pretty high up on my list.

So, couldn’t swim, but I also fitted in a 3 x 3 min swim cord set and 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 = 100 pushups, plus a bit of other core stuff.