Mid Winter update
I know it has been a while since I have let all of you lovely people know how I am going but this is largely due to me being flat stick with University and work (That is basically my life at the moment). However.. My plan to compete in running over the winter is definately on the train for success. This comes as a very pleasing incentive whilst I have so many other things going on in my life.
About a month and a half ago I competed in the Launceston 10km which was the Oceania 10km Championships and also our (Tasmanian) Championships, I managed to finish in 13th place overall, 12th in Oceania Championships and 4th Tasmanian, losing a sprint finish for 3rd. My time was a blistering PB of 30.54. This was a very pleasing result as I had tried to race conservatively due to getting a back injury earlier in the week. It showed me that no matter what I could still push through what ever mental barriers I had to secure a good place and time. To add to this my running group also went very well at this event with a little pre-race photo in the paper before hand.
If I bring your attention now to one month ago where I travelled to Singapore with some great assistance from the crew at Andrew Jones Travel. This was for a family holiday (first in 6years), but knowing me I found a 10km race to compete in. Unfortunately it turned out to be a disaster. With a massive field of 3000 participants I was in the lead with one other guy at the 4km mark with a healthy gap to the chase pack. Then the trouble started, the lead bike took a wrong turn and took us the wrong way meaning we ended up running 12.5km and finishing way don the field. A disapointing result but a good learning experience as well.
Moving on to last weekend I competed at the Tasmanian state cross-country championships (12km). I was up against some very tough competition including last years bronze medalist from the National Cross Country. I decided to take the race by the scruff of my hands as I had been aiming to podium at this event for the past three months. The pace was so fast on the first of four laps nut luckily I was able to bring home a strong second half of the 12km and finish in 2nd place only 28seconds behing 1st. This would have to be the best result I have ever achieved as a runner and I can't thank everyone enough for their support this year.
I am now looking forward to some racing in October at the Australian University Games for Athletics where I hope to become a national champion and at the Oceanea Duathlon Championships in Adelaide where I also am aiming to take out the championship and grab a automattic selection spot for the World Duathlon Championships in 2015.
I am sorry that it is a very short write up with little details however I promis to keep the updates coming and be a proud ambassador for 2XU, LOOK cycles, Andrew Jones Travel, Jail House Grill and Active Physiotherapy Launceston.