A great morning for a race. Nice and cool during the race and only a little wind blamed mainly on running the city canyons.
Lined up next to Mohammad, 26 miles and Springer at the start. The pace was a little too hot at the start with me going through 2ks in 7:35. From there I felt progressively worse and had no energy in the legs at all. Tried to increase my pace and was 19:56 at the 5k and eventually back around to the 11k in 45 flat.
Seemed to get a bit better in the second half after I got through Hunter St. Passed a fair few people along Mrs Macquaries Chair. And then running back up out of the Pt I passed a few more and basically had my best part of the race as I flew down Hunter St.
Argyle Cut hurt for the 2nd time and I slowed to a crawl, questioning what the hell I was doing running so badly. I made up a few more places near the finish as I went racing line and the pack mentality of other runners lead them to stay to the right as they approached the finish. Why? The quickest line is the racing line.
Finished in 86:47. I guess at least it is a 3min course PB from the 2005 race. That's about the only thing good about the race.
The Striders post run White's house was superb as always and then the beers and war stories at the Palisades were special!
No PB today but hey I did a 10k PB last week so you can't do it all the time.
Edit: Fell asleep on the bus on the way home and ended up at Coogee, only about 4ks past my stop. I guess the 4am start and a few beers in the sun did me in. Lucky my phone dropped on the floor to wake me up.