In my head there are 2 big races in 2012 among the 8 or 9 that I will do. Prague Marathon & IronMan Western Australia. A marathon is usually more a preparation race than a milestone, but this time I am competing against friends with whom I have trained for the last 5 months. Prague is the show down. Before May 13th, day of the Prague Marathon, I decided to participate to 2 short racing events: A Sprint-Duathlon on March 18th and the Business Marathon Relay in Rotterdam on April 15th.
On the day prior to the Duathlon, one of my training partners asks me, if I can come along to support. I amsurprised and enthousastic about it. I cannot remember a time, where someone spontaneously asked to support me for a race. That gave me some additional motivation. I really needed that motivation on Race Day: cold, windy, rainy, muddy. About 100 participants on the starting line. All looking rather fit. I race the 5km run – 20km bike – 2.5km run in 1:05. Rather happy with the performance actually. a 4:00 pace-ish on the run and a 34 kmh avg on the bike…but I finished 22 of 50 in my age group…I cannot remember racing and finishing in the 40 percentile…ever. Conclusion: stiff competition.
The second race was more a social event. My relay partners were all working colleagues. It was a challenge I proposed to my team: get fit in 4 month and run the marathon relay in Rotterdam. Our team did very well on the 15th of April. We ended as 2nd team out of 28th from our company (only 45 sec behind the first team) and 13th out of 518 business team participating. Out time: 3:07. Great team effort. I enjoyed the day as one of the 116 colleagues from the company who ran on that day. I ran the 3rd leg in 51min25. It was about 12.7km, meaning I ran again around the 4:00 min/km pace. Happy with that. My speed is better than ever before. Still a long way to go until IM Western Australia; but a good start.