|Phil Peter Anne Paul Ronnie Me|
|Barry Peter Anne Paul Ronnie Me|
Sat 8.00am SAF 3000 9;36.81 (3;12 K's) 1st
The last time I stepped onto the track competitively was 12th February 2012 when I ran 9;13.52 for a Qld M50 Record. Today I was not expecting to be anywhere near that but was hoping to run around 9;30.
Conditions were typical Queensland, warm and sunny 20.1 O C (68 O F) but low 38 % humidity and little to no wind.
It was great to be back at Queensland Masters and to see all the 'old' faces. The funniest thing was shaking the hand of Peter Reeves (The Robot) without recognizing him! He had grown a full on mountain goat beard that would not have gone a miss in Deliverance. It was not until he spoke that I cottoned on it was the Queensland legend.
|Not Peter Reeves (The Robot)|
I warmed up with three laps (3Km) of the stadium, did a few strides and we were off, about 12 runners and 8 walkers. I ran through 200m in 35 and that was about the only time I looked at the clock. With the Garmins inability to record correct 1K splits I interpolated my K times to be about 3;07, 3;14 and 3;13. My heart rate got to 177bpm.
I hit the bell lap in 8;20 and was disappointed that I could only manage a 76 last lap.
I have always started my track campaigns slowly and built but I have a long way to go to get close to what I running in 2011/12.
I will race some of the evening meets later in the year with the kids (QA) in order to seek out better racing conditions and for competition.
My thoughts go out to Ronnie who has had major health issues over the last year (even though setting Australian Half Mara M60 records!), and has further battles ahead.
You are a Champion.
Today Ronnie was second in 10;28.17 - unbelievable.
Results are here
For a warm down the boys and I ran the Sweeney Circuit - named in my honour in my absence over the last 20 months, but this is Ronnies Circuit.
Wed 5.7km Roo 22;10 3;53 K's
Thurs 10.55km Roo+Lake 41;05 3;54 K's
Fri 10.55 Roo+Lake 43;59 4;10 K's