Friday, 13 February 2009

more pleasure less pain no heavy breathing

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, February 13, 2009 with 2 comments
A good night at the track last night, much cooler although breezy, and several members of the speedygeese training group improved their recent 1500m times, I led the M60+ 1500m championships for three laps with Kevin Chamberlain tagging on, then Kevin passed me with 300m to go and got away, but unprecedentedly I started to pick up the pace with 150m to go and passed him in the home straight, something I have done rarely if ever in the last 15 years and certainly never with Kevin, who holds all the records. And it was a typical plod that you almost always see with older athletes, not much pace variation; that ability to surge deserts us as we age. Or perhaps it was good even pace judgement; I do like controlling the pace of a race. Nevertheless I enjoyed the racing aspect of the run. Kevin commented to me afterwards that he didn't hear me coming; something else unprecedented; I was able to contain my usual heavy breathing and gasping at the end; not that I tried hard to; just that my fitness levels must be improving.

There were four races in all, three men's age races and one women's, which is why I was able to win mine.

speedygeese 1500m times:
Mick H 4:54.67
Gary 5:25.24
me 5:26.86 splits 87,87,88,64; last 400m 86.
Kevin 5:29.15
Roger 5:31.54
Katie 5:32.69
Amanda 5:38.79
Ewen 6:03.49
Bronwyn 6:07.87
Tony 6:07.98
Kathy 6:17.11
Ruth 7:09.53

Thanks Ken for timing my splits.

I will republish these with age group places, along with the 400m results, once the official results are released.

North Canberra Gunghalin Athletics.
 I see my old athletic club, of which I am a life member, had a very nice banner at the track last night, with a very fine logo I had not seen before. I like it!

Note the word "athletics", not "athletic club". This is relevant to our name change to "ACT Masters Athletics", some want "club" added. NO! NO!


  1. It was a good race to watch with a good finish!

  2. I was going to bet my house on Kevin with 200 to go. Your lack of deceleration was something to behold.