The alarm goes off at 6am and I gingerly step my feet out of my nice warm bed. BRRRRR its really cold! 0 degs - with nervous chatter we all go about our routines in getting ready for a race and head to the race start. When we arrived the first thing I spotted was the group of Kangaroo's that were all just casually lounging under the trees watching us with amusement.
This is a huge meet with many age grades and distances. The most prominent event was the 20 and 10 mile. These two races started at 8am. It was a great feeling lining up on the start line beside Olympian Jared Tallent and top Australian walkers like Chris, Tanya, Bek and lauren. Not very often I get the chance to even see them walk let alone say I walked with them (even if only a couple of steps)
You have NO idea how good this felt. I was amazed my body had held together. My finish time was 1:39:46 ...... I just scrapped under my goal by the skin of my teeth.
It was great to watch all the other races and cheer on the qld walkers. It was a great weekend all round. That night we went out to the presentations where I got a Silver and Liz got a Bronze. I must say I was surprised at how well my body felt after the race (and the following day too)