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Gold Coast, Queensland
11C / 52F
Total Time = 3h 36m 58s
Overall Rank = 1030/5467
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 63/319
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4am for usual pre-race breakfast and taping of the feet.
Event warmup:

Deliberately nil given the somewhat volatile state of the R) adductors. Figured I would just start slow and ease into the run, injury willing!

Long runs in the past month showed no advantage in warming up / stretching the groin in preventing the adductor pain from occurring.
  • 3h 36m 58s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 05m 08s  min/km

Thought I would have an 80% chance of finishing given how volatile the R) adductors had been in the week leading up to race day. At times during the week they would hurt just walking or sitting and at other times I could run freely with no pain. Quite bizarre and the "volatile" label seems entirely appropriate to describe them.

Started out cautiously to see what the adductors would be capable of on the day and was pleasantly surprised that all seemed well by the time I hit the 5km mark. I figured I was on a pace that would be sustainable and subsequently peeled off constant 5km times until 35km. (See splits below). At 36km my L) hamstring gave a little twitch indicating imminent cramp and I slowed immediately to a walk to help the muscle relax a bit. It cleared instantly but I deliberately walked for 1 minute just to make sure the potential for cramp was gone. I started running again a bit slower, the cramp never came back and I was able to run in to the finish without further incident.

So overall finished with a respectable time given the amount training lost due to persistent R) adductor issue! :-)

20km 0:24:21
25km 0:24:49
30km 0:25:01
35KM 0:27:08
40KM 0:29:15

First Half: 1:44:03
Second Half: 1:52:54

What would you do differently?:

Nothing on race day. Solving this chronic R) adductor issue so I can increase volume for the next race.
Post race
Warm down:

Beer, 3 km walk back to apartment.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

R) adductor meant running slow and steady and keeping the strain off of it.
Lack of long runs in training due to R) adductor strain.

Event comments:

As always the race was superbly organised. The course is very scenic along the beaches.

Weather at this time of year is always fantastic too - cool with sunny skies.

I'll be back again next year!

Last updated: 2015-12-29 12:00 AM
03:36:58 | 42.2 kms | 05m 08s  min/km
Age Group: 63/319
Overall: 1030/5467
Performance: Good
Course: Southport -> Burleigh Heads -> Runaway Bay -> Southport .
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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