I have had a GREAT week. Training has come together well, both my track walks went amazingly well. Even pushed through my first 5km fartlek in months and did a GREAT time :D.... yep GREAT is my word for the day. I talked Paul into do a fartlek like I do them... he was keen and excelled. I explained to him that in theory ... his fartlek time should be about 30secs to a min slower than his 5km race time. (his time today proved that point beautifully)
So to quickly recap the week:- Sun 3000m race, Mon -5km slow, Tues 5km slow am and then 1500m & 5 x 300m in th pm, Weds REST, Thursday 5km easy am then 5km fartlek pm, Friday REST & Sat REST - Total kms for week = 26km (this is my quiet week)
Today was a 5000m track race and I was really keen to get my 28mins!!! I got to the track early and made sure I had a good long warm up and spent 10mins on drills. Temp was 22 degs but the humidity climbed to 83% by the time our walk finished. PHEW that was tough. Race started with 5 walkers - all of us feeling GREAT!!!! as we were racing I noticed the water table had been set up .. but it was still sitting on the grass about a metre away from the edge of the track....so to grap a water meant leaving the track - hmmm problem...YOU CANT DO THAT IN A RACE! lol I had thought it was just an error and I am sure they will sort it but by 3km I knew that I needed water and so asked/gasped - move the water table please. Next lap and it was sorted and I could grab a much needed water. What happens when you gulp water as you are walking - you swallow air and you end up with stitch!!! 1 km to go and I was in pain.... I did every trick I know to get rid of it but it cost me valuable seconds ... damn it!!! It started to ease on my last lap and I really pushed it hard to the finish.
I am rapt with my time 28:16 - my fartlek time on thurs was 28:48 ..... so I am very happy with this and I know my 28 mins is there. Come Pan Pac's and it will be on!!!
As there was a 1500m race on next... I hung around...not really intending to race but if there was only going to be one walker then I would join them. But I was saved by all the juniors.....our gorgeous wee team of young ladies all fronted up. I was thrilled when Robyn asked me to take them over to the start and help them warm up. So while over there I got them all to settle, stop chatting and to focus. They did their drills and walk throughs and for a few moments before the race I chatted to them about technique ... arms correct and shoulders low....chins up and to not try to win the race in the first 200m. Well I am so so so thrilled to say that all of them set new PB's today... I nearly cried. They all looked fantastic and had listened to my talk - styles were perfect. Robyn was a very proud coach thats for sure.
I do have to say - these meets have been fantastic. They are run superbly and the new electronic timing is so helpful. Much thanks to all those who volunteer....trust me ALL the athletes thank you.