I did enter into the Cedar 12km rather fatigued from the past two weeks and in warm up I had my concerns. I had no expectations except the desire to run a personal best on the course. The Cedar 12km is definitely the most challenging event of the Series. Pacing was hard to judge with two climbs on the way out, two on the way home and rolling in between.
I came to the roundabout and saw Geoff running about 30-40 seconds ahead and the same sized gap to 3rd place.
Leading into the climb at the 9km mark I looked up the road and was concerned that I could not see Geoff up the road. I passed the water station only to see Geoff on the Sidelines. Evidently some calf cramping had forced him to pull out.
So suddenly, unexpectedly I was leading the race. I re-focus as I began the biggest climb of the day. My split at the 10km mark was 32.25 with still some climbing to go. For the rest of the run I focused on chasing after the lead bikes and trying hard to make up for the drops in pace due to the hills.
|Thanks to the race organizer, John Durken|
RESULT CLICK HERE.
|Jen and I with Plaques by Angellos Glaros|
The majority of my training partners have left for a training camp down in Florida. For financial reasons I have remained in Victoria. I have been obsessed with the Les Misérables soundtrack lately and the song, empty chairs and empty tables comes to mind. "My Friends! My friends....They're all gone!...." Ok ok I can manage on my own for a few weeks.
I have been networking which is working quite well. Some rides with Houshang. Saturday I jumped in on one of his awesome training camps. Saturday's ride included a 50km team Time trial. I was grouped up with Curtis Dearden, Raphaël Lalumière and Emile De Rosnay and several others. Lets just say it is good to every so often be up against the ropes. I survived and feel stronger because of it.
|Tron & I|