Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Awoke to nice weather which changed as the race start approached. Clouds came and it was raining by the time the race started. Was pushed back a bit at the start line and had to jostle for position. Took the first km easy while the pack spread out and quickly dropped the group I stated with. Around km 2 matched pace with a guy who would be with me until the end. Km 2-4 where fairly uneventful catching a nd dropping a few people who could not match pace. Starting around km 4 attempted a series of surges which were countered. These surges continued and two of us worked our way to 7 and 8th place. Km 7 attempted a pass/drop of guy who I was running with at the top of a hill, didn't go well. He managed to counter and take a 20 or so metre lead. Caught the guy around km 8 and not wanting things to come down to a sprint pushed the pace far into my redline. Around km 8.5 took about a 2 stride lead before being passed again this time for good.
Ended up with a 33:18 9.5 km time in 8th in a fast field.
Take Away - Surging, something I've really been trying to work on, is a fantastic tool. It lets you run your race and forces others to react. It can be incredibly mentally tough getting passed right after surging. This is something I need to work on. If I had to do it again I would have maintained a strong pace between km 8-9 and attempted to win in a sprint.
Given the long run I did Friday AM this was a pretty good race and only a couple seconds over my pb.