After a post ride warm up and drills I was lining up for my ninth race of the year just aiming to get a solid start in a build form there. The race had an interesting course with a lap of an artificial turf field before hitting a undulating bike trial for an out and back section. After navigating the hustle and bustle of the loop around the field it was onto the rail trail. A pack went out hard and I hung back in the string of people behind using other people’s rhythm as my pace.
I made the decision to attack the downhill’s and my Newtons definitely seem to give me an advantage as I created and closed gaps on each of the downhill sections moving form about 15th early on to about 8th at the 2km mark. I passed another couple of people before the turnaround and then headed back along the course.
Another runner was coming through the field and when he approached me I began to work with him for the next 2km and we started to reel in the runners ahead in terms of the gap however we were a little far behind to make a substantial dent in the gap. Having scoped the course in my warm up I attacked the last downhill and got a break on the other runner and ended up running 17 Minutes Flat finishing 32 seconds back form the winner.
Very happy with executing a solid race on tired legs and still getting a PR. Now looking forward to the triathlon season when everyone will be starting the run after having been on a bike and for a swim. Big training week ahead then will be at the starting line of the Shawnigan Lake Half Iron Triathlon on May 24th.
End result 17:00 and a new PB for the 5km distance. This was my 7th PB in 8 months since I first started wearing Newtons.
Finished 6th overall out of 371 runners and 5 of 22 in the M20-29 division.