GOHAHO – Week Beginning 01 January
Get Out Hard And Hang On
I decided to adopt a new strategy yesterday at the Warwickshire Cross Country Championships. With no team points at stake and with the race solely about individual performance I decided to just go for it. I won the race to the first corner, I won the race up the first hill, I even won the first lap. It’s just a shame the finish line was at the end of lap four.
As it turns out, the top three would have beaten me whichever way I had chosen to race. I probably would have hung on to fourth had I raced slightly more conservatively and sat in the pack for the first two laps, but sometimes you just need to get out there and go for it to really know what your limit is. Mine seems to be 5th in Warwickshire at the moment.
Next week we’re back at the same course for the third Birmingham League of the season. I might try this strategy again; I might revert to type and try and pick people off in the second half of the race, such is my normal cross country strategy. Either way, I am looking forward to it.
I love racing.
Monday: AM 12km easy, hurdle drills / PM 10km easy (22)
Tuesday: AM 9km easy / PM track session 16*400 with recoveries of 5*60s, 5*45s, 5*30s – all 66-68 (22)
Wednesday: 11 km easy (11)
Thursday: AM 8km easy / PM 10km with 2 miles hard (18)
Friday: rest (0)
Saturday: Warwickshire XC Championships, Warley Woods – 5th (15)
Sunday: 19km easy (19)