I am stepping outside my usual boundaries by writing a race report. For some reasons doing race reports usually freaks me out as I am wary of coming off as:
1. whiny / full of excuses
4. combination of above
But, my ahem, fan requested one. Yep, and I want to keep the fan happy.
And in this day of self-obsession (I do have a blog, facebook and twitter), I think it is socially acceptable to be somewhat self-absorbed and write the occasional race update report. But don’t expect it every time – that’s too much pressure to be politically correct.
Alas, I am saved because Chris Kelsall, founder of Athletics Illustrated and regular contributor to Flotrack interviews, made a really cool video of the race. Chris is doing great things for running and it is leaders/fans/runners like him who keep the sport alive with interviews, videos, and events (Victoria Q series) for all of us to enjoy. His video also saves me from describing how beautiful and flat the course is along Lochside Road in Sidney, BC – you can see for yourself what a great course it is! And of course it is on your must-run list now.
I am particularly lucky because my delightful parent-in-laws live only a mile or two away from the start line so I get to run along the ocean whenever we visit. Plus it was really fun to have family out at the race – especially my 5 year old nephew and almost 3 year old niece who are growing up so fast (sigh). A total digression, but I while I am in the mood to share videos, Henry scored a killer goal the day before at his soccer tournament. Apparently his sprained ankle forced him from his usual sit and kick style soccer to dribbling, deeking, and chipping for the first goal of the game!
Anyways, back to the topic of the day…the Bazan Bay 5km video below is nicely edited – and only half the length of time it takes for some people to race 5km!
I also had a little post-race chat with Chris which can be viewed below. I am aware that if I ever commit a (major) crime, I ought to be careful about how often I roll my eyes up when I am thinking. In all seriousness, I am really pleased with the process and results of my race. I was aiming for somewhere around 16:00, with 5 seconds on either side as a reasonable range. I was surprised to find out I dipped under my desired result by 12 seconds, and even happier with how good / easy / comfortable the experience was. I got to the turn-around point and was shocked the race was half way over and decided to pick up the pace for the return home (kind of inevitable with the tailwind). Regardless, that fresh feeling at half way rarely happens on the track in a 5000m.
In the end, it was my 2nd fastest road race time (15:40 PB at Carlsbad 5000m, 2007) ever which was performed a month later in the season and preceded my first and still my personal best 5000m by two weeks (15:12 Mt Sac). I think things are … on track … for a great year ahead (wood – where’s the wood?) for Oly qualifications (sub 15:20) and more. And the bonus – my converted time put me to # 1 on the Island Race Series ahead of some of my biggest running/tri idols (Jon Brown, Simon Whitfield, Angela Chalmers, Leah Pells) giving me a bit more of a confidence boost and a million dollar pay cheque to boot. Oh never mind, that’s just my imagination. And I am getting a bit too close to exactly what I was trying to avoid by doing a post race write-up (#2 & #4), so I shall say adieu and happy running for now. Next up – Flagstaff training camp and then the track season begins! Who-hoo. Get out that bubble wrap…