Spring into Sprint Race 1
Victoria University St Albans
Mo Farah Course (1)
Ian Lawford 16:24
Bruce Arthur 16:50
Brodie Nankervis 17:17
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and complexity of the sprint map. Geoff Adams did a great job.
I started well, with the first big decision the long route choice to 6. I didn't want to risk the rough open, so I ran further through the uni. It seemed a long way, but I think I had the fastest split on the leg.
I got into a good flow in the middle and had several fastest splits . I didn't take any notice of the Green or Polka-dot jersey legs (and this showed in the splits), but I was fast before and after these.
I seemed to struggle a little for pace in the last third, coming 2nd and 3rd in most of the splits. I hesitated for 5 seconds coming out of 21. With all of the turning going into 21 I was disoriented and I lost contact with my mpa. I was uncertain about 24, but went right (which I think was ok), but I am sure that I lost 3 or 4 seconds going right on 27 as I didn't realised there was a fence to jump.
Well done to Ian Lawford. He was too quick for me today.
If all of the maps are like this, it will be a great series.