I wrapped up my track season on July 30th at the National Track & Field Champs. I had a good race over 5,000m, but a really poor showing in the piss test following. 14min03secs for 12.5laps of the track and 2hrs40mins for 90mL of urine! This happens to me every year, and don’t get me wrong I am not against the drug testing protocol or the need for drug testing in sport. I am very much in favour of it all. My straw just gets drawn almost every national champs and my ability to perform post race is pathetic – I think I am getting worse each time out.
Anyways, as for the race itself, I felt it went OK. I didn’t have much forward momentum with training or racing going into it, so I wasn’t overly confident that things would go well. But, I got in there and managed to race well. Luckily Kip Kangogo was willing to set a somewhat honest pace from the start and I think I he led almost every single step of the race. I worked my way up from 4-5th in the early going into 2nd by about 4laps in. The pace elevated in the 2nd half of the race and I felt comfortable and confident. From about 4-5laps to go I had a mental battle with myself about whether or not I should go to the front and try to gap Kip. I kept hesitating and before I knew it we had 600m to go. I thought I’d take the lead on the back straight of the final lap and giv’er for home. But, Kip went first and I never covered his final move and ended up 4 seconds back. I closed the last 600m in about 1:32-33 and the second half of the race in ~6:50-52. So, I was pleased.
Kip is not a Canadian citizen, so I was given the title of ‘National Champion’ (My first on the track. My only other being the 10k road champs in 2007). But, I was still 2nd in the race, so don’t claim anything but finishing 2nd at Nationals.
Since the race I’ve had a couple of ‘easier’/unstructured weeks of training, and am now putting the head down to get ready for some longer races on the roads this fall. More on that another time…