Another busy weekend of training under my belt…..
5km road race – Since my car is currently unavailable for use I was back to getting around on my bike…it was a pretty grey day out there and the ride across the east side of Christchurch was pretty chilly and into a head wind. It was good to get the race underway as it gave me a chance to warm up properly. I felt like I ran a fairly solid race and for the first time pretty much ever I managed to negative split the whole thing. It worked well for me and I was able to put the hammer down halfway through and race hard right to the finish in 3rd place a new PB time of 15:25. So pretty satisfying all around and felt pretty comfortable right through the race and didn’t feel so bad afterwards either for a change.
Tim and I headed out to Leithfield to race around last Sunday’s training and collect in the streamers. Tim went first and I caught him fairly quickly, but having to collect the controls slowed me down a bit and he was able to get away from me at repetitive controls. We took a few different route choices in a few places and even managed to find a control that was left out from a previous event years ago!
Club Orienteeirng event at Waikari – The weather was a complete mixture this morning! One minute it was sunny and warm and the next it was pouring with rain! I hung around at the start for quite some time and managed to just avoid starting in the rain. I did however continue to race in a thermal top (heat training for Switzerland). I was fairly consistent, slowing down at key moments and made very minimal mistakes. However I ran a little bit slow-ish and never really attacked the course like Chris. I managed a consistent second but I was a little disappointed that Chris was as far in front of me as he was.
We got back from the orienteering mid afternoon and by now the sun was out and it was t-shirt weather outside…The plan to go running fell through so not wanting to waste the weather I got out on my road bike. It was a really nice ride for a change no waiting for anyone, no traffic lights and a bit of climb just to make it interesting but not enough to make it painful!