On Saturday we, Zack, Stephen, Brit and I, were Birmingham bound for the Aviva 2012 Trials. It was pretty exciting watching all the athletes I normally see on tv going through their warm up routines, and looking at the heat draw board to discover that I was running with Lisa Dobriskey (Commonwealth Gold, World Silver and Olympic 4th placed 1500m). The board also showed that on paper I was the slowest out of everyone…. time for a pb! After what felt like an age in the call room we were taken onto the track. Setting off I found myself on the inside near the back of the pack, with Lisa Dobriskey on the front dictating pace. After a relatively reserved first lap, she cranked up the pace gradually coming through 800m in 2.20 and speeding up.
The group began to string out, and I moved up a few places. On the final lap, usually my favourite, my legs felt awful. I hoped that in the last 100m I would be able to pull a few places but nothing happened, my legs were full of lactic (probably a result of the fast pace) and I finished a disappointed 8th. The heat was won by Lisa Dobiskey in 4.15.39 (the fastest heat) and my time was 4.22.78 (17th fastest overall) so at least a pb… a couple of seconds faster and I would have been in the final… something I am determined to do next year.
I watched the final at home on Sunday, after the Men’s ITU Triathlon in Kitzbuhel (won empathically by Alistair B with Jonny B a comfortable 2nd and David McNamee a breakthrough 9th). The 1500m final was much slower than the heats, going through the first 800m in only 2.28, things kicked off on the final lap when Laura Weightman (4:18.83) made her run for home, winning by over 3 seconds from Lisa Dobriskey (4:21.91) and posting an incredible 58.5second last 400m. Inspiring to watch, but I wish I could have been there!
The National RR was also this weekend, with Dirtwheels fielding a team for the first time. I was entered but was feeling so down in the dumps about the 1500m on Saturday that I couldn’t face another race (and almost certainly another thrashing) on the Sunday. From what I hear it was a good race with Sharron Laws and Ian Stannard taking top honours.
Last night, after a kind phone call from (author) Roger Norton to advise me that he had written an article that was published in the Yorkshire Evening Post, I headed out on the bike doing a quick loop around Almscliffe and stopping off at the Pool garage for the paper. Happily I found it, tucked it in my jersey (it was a good wind break!) and pootled home :-)
Another week of training with perhaps a couple of ‘fun’ races thrown in (thinking about doing the last Harrogate Race League and either a bike crit or another Northern 2E track meet). Then back to the big leagues next week for my first BMC Grand Prix in Trafford – 1500m. This will be my 6th ever 1500m, so far each race has brought a new pb… here’s hoping for another.