|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on January 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM|
Finished 42nd overall and 3rd M40. Felt quite pleased with the run. Woke up in the morning with a bit of a thick head. I decided to check out the course early in the morning with team mate William Smith. It was a good thing to do because with the recent bad weather and constant rain, there were areas of the course which were difficult and technical.
I struggled on the ridge in the country park and indeed there were many fallers on this section. It is slightly cambered anyway, but with the surface sloppy and muddy it was a real test of nerve. To be honest I lost ground on this section of the course on each of the 4 laps and it was only when we climbed out of the country park negotiating a rocky hill and back onto soft and muddy flat grass that I could put the pressure on and very time I gained time here, quite noticeably and this gave me quite a bit of confidence.
in the end I pretty much maintained position and finished strongly. Yes pleasing, but I think I could have probably ran slightly better. For me negotiating the slippy downhills was a big factor and I think it affected quite a few of the runners, particularly ones who run quite fast on the roads.
Now I'm going to do another couple of weeks of speed work then sharpen up for a couple of road races and the final Kent XC league. Then take a couple of weeks out in march. Have to see how quick the speed comes and how well I develop. I'm hoping my best races are coming up in the next 4-6 weeks.