Monday, 22 October 2012

Second 10k of the season, 31'57

I wasn't convinced with the 10k of last weekend so this Sunday (after spending sixteen hours on Saturday in a crazy emergency room) I went for another try in an officially measured race (the good thing about Lisbon is that there are road races every weekend). It was a classic one, with 10.000 athletes in a course with some up and downhill.

Along the Tajo river I made my PB of 31'57 (I had previously done 31'40 in a mostly downhill course, so it doesn't count). Full results with splits HERE.
In 2008 I had done 33'24 in the same course so this was a good improvement. It was really nice to break the 32' barrier so the next goal is the 31' one. I really want to improve my physical performances this year.

A short movie of the 2010 edition that shows the great spirit of this race:

By the way, portuguese orienteering was on the international channels of the national tv. I was with Davide Machado (from MTB-O) at the studios for a short talk in a sports programme. It was an interesting experience that you may watch HERE.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

First 10k of 2013 season

Last season I didn't run as many road races as usual. This weekend I intended to go for a mountain race but some discomfort in my left knee made me choose a "softer" 10k road race; If there's something that I've learned with the years is to respect my body.

It was my first race for "Conforlimpa", my 2013 athletics club. I'm excited with the club plans for next season since one of my main goals for next season is to improve my physical performances.

The race was won by Rui Silva, 2004 olympic 1.500m bronze medal and Luis Feiteira, 2012 olympic marathoner, was 2nd. I was 9th with a performance that could have been better. TOP10 results may be found HERE.

I started fast but I was alone at the 2nd km, with no one behind and the 2nd pack a few meters before me. I was afraid to push harder and did the rest 8km alone, passing some athletes that quited the pack ahead. I don't like this way of racing, but next time I have to push harder in the beginning to go with them.

The chip time was 32'23 and most of the GPSs gave average distances of 10.200m in a straigth race (mine gave 3'10/km average). If it's true, it was one of my best 10k performances, just in the beginning of the season.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Iberian Championships

Last weekend was the 2nd stage of the Iberian Championships in Figueira da Foz.
I was sick since thursday with a mix of sore throat/lack of recovery from jet lag so I felt physically bad. (right click on the map --> open in new window to higher map resolution).

Sprint, 2.5k, 21c - An interesting map with a nice castle area. I wasn't able to antecipate the narrow streets area. 

Middle distance, 6.5k, 29c - My goal was to run an error-free race, since I was physically impaired. I did a big mistake to 11th. Caught a runner on the 19th and got completely distracted: lesson to learn.

Long distance, 14.1k, 27c - I didn't make major mistakes. I didn't give it all physically and I wasn't that tired at the end of the race.

CONCLUSION: It's a good bet to avoid mistakes through a careful map reading.

PS- This new Iberian championships format wasn't a success. I know that the older "national team" format isn't doable in nowadays situation but I just leave the question... do the national teams really need to stay in hotels supported by the federations? Why can't they stay with the other athletes and still compete by the national team?