Here’s a few words on how my first race in 7 months panned out and why its so good to be back racing!
First 5k Run: I’ve never led a race from the gun so after the first mile I started to panic that I might’ve gone off a bit too hard. I have to say its the best I’ve felt running for a long while and although my pace dropped a bit, the course was lumpy! I came into T1 confident with a solid first 5k…. (even though my Garmin said 5.2K)
19k bike: Out on to a hard, hilly bike course with quite possibly the worse road surfaces I’ve ever ridden on. OUCH! I’d forgotten how much it hurts peddling after a hard run, queue lots of high cadence and an SOS search for my legs! It was really tough to get into a rhythm and hold position but knowing I wasn’t getting overtaken was enough to keep me battling on. I’d had a sneaky peak at splits from previous races and knew I was a couple of minutes faster so that kept me going.
Final 5K: I ran the last 5.2k Solo so I got into a comfortable rhythm and drifted off. I thought about all the challenging ‘stuff’ that’s been going on in my life recently and about what lies ahead and how ‘this’ is my time/my release. Then I thought about how excited Lillie (and hopefully coach Dan) would be when I took home a first lady!
So there you have it, my first race back and I’m itching for more of the same.