Race Walk Australia Club Challenge is a great race. Each walker is given points as they finish. 1st place is 1 point and it goes up from there. The idea is for a club to get the least amount of points. We wont know where our club sits until later in the week.
I got a lift with Kay and her brother today and we headed out to the Logan Park. I was not feeling my best today having had a terrible night with stomach cramps and general GI issues. But I was still keen to have a crack at this and help the club out.
We started out and I got caught up at the back and so took me about 100m to get through and started. By the 2nd lap I was really struggling, my stomach was really hurting and one of the judges helped me calling out and giving me encouragement....(he said after the race that he could clearly see I was in alot of pain and was impressed that I held it together and kept going) So I lowered my shoulders and controlled my breathing and away I went again....pain subsided and didnt return until the 8th km. But again I pushed through and was determined to finish.
A guy called Dean was helping a few of the younger walkers pace for their 5km and he slowed up and would wait til I was on his heel and he would then pull away to help me pick up my pace. I did try but on his 3rd go and explained why I was struggling and so he went off ahead to finish. As the laps were not exactly 1km we had to do 10.5 laps and they somehow missed counted a lap for me and said I still have 1.5 to go.....but lucky I had my watch. I turned at the 10km cone and pushed back for home. I really wanted to be a little quicker than last week but with my tummy I was not sure it was going to happen.
I was totally thrilled to finish the race in 57:57 thats a minute faster than last week.
I start my new job tomorrow so now I will be able to start working out a proper training program. I wont be competing next weekend as Shane's Mum arrives from NZ to stay for a few days with us.
10km RWA Club Challenge