Running21:08 3.64 km (5:48 / km) +2m5:47 / km ahr:119 max:155
Running race 8:52 3.0 km (2:57 / km) ahr:182 max:191
Welsh Athletics League Final in Brecon, or something impressive sounding on that vein. Not a great field mind.. It was taken out fast with the first 200 in something around 30 but then settled a bit. Took the lead after about four laps as I was feeling good. Was a bit hot and a bit windy for my liking but still pleased. Nothing impressive but finally under 9 minutes and finally Jonny Malleys equal in the 3000m stakes.
Running20:32  2.89 km (7:07 / km) +83m6:13 / km
Running12:00  1.53 km (7:51 / km) +1m7:49 / km
Orienteering15:40  4.6 km (3:24 / km)
Thought if we had four clean runs we'd be there or thereabouts. In the end we were, much down to Cats stormer on last leg. As for my race. I hurt, a lot. I didn't make any mistakes but it wasn't really possible to, maybe some route choice mistakes but I just suffered in the last half of the course. Slippery conditions didn't help as it was a lot of slowing down and speeding up. I also clattered a passer by on her phone who walked in front of me, no way of me stopping in those conditions. I stopped to see she was ok.
Qualification went well. Felt comfortable even though I pushed reasonably hard and navigationally was fine.
Final. I was gutted and a bit angry when I finished. I perceived it as a bad run, in the cold light of day it was pretty average. The issue was my attitude. I was the wrong side of the tree at number one and with a bush and a tree there was no real way of getting around. This made me stressed and when I picked my route to number 3 I immediately spotted a "better" route and kicked myself the whole way. My route wasn't so bad, I lost nine seconds to the fastest route (and probably too someone who was running faster anyway. This was basically how the race continued. I made a couple of genuine mistakes (5-10s) and a lot of hesitations.
I think it probably came down to a lot of things. My run up hasn't been great and maybe I pushed to hard in the qualifier. In not going to risk it though. The heat was probably another factor, I felt awful and running two races in the heat in one day might have been to much. I paid more attention to preparing for the qualifier and it showed. The positives? I made in general good decisions even though at times my execution was off and I didn't have any flow or commitment. I also came 18th. This is the world champs and in the circumstance I will take that.
Looking back I'm not so disappointed I'mh the race but with my attitude.
I think this will prove to be a useful experience to have had.