Jeremy Hopwood

Jeremy Hopwood

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Port Moody Mothers Day 5km Spring Classic - Race Report

Having had a real productive training weekend in some beautiful Vancouver weather I decided to throw my Newtons Neutral Racers into my backpack and ride out to Port Moody for the Mothers Day 5km Spring Classic. Coming into the race with no taper and tired legs form the previous two days training I did not have big goals except for executing a good race.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I stumbled onto your blog off of google. Its nice to see other triathletes running local races.

    We totally lucked out with the weather for this race. Good Luck in Shawnigan!