Travelled down for my 3rd BIRC not really knowing what to expect! The venue was familiar and the event all too familiar, but I really wasn't sure about my haphazard training for the last few weeks would affect me.
Also, I felt really lousy yesterday due to some sort of virus courtessy of my transatlantic flight earlier in the week and still jet-lagged. Fortunately I felt a lot better this morning and decided to give it a go. I have to say that having a cough before
the race didn't fill me with confidence.
The race itself was a strange experience really. I'd decided that I'd go out on 38's and just see how I felt. Found it uncharacteristically difficult to settle and the pace was all over the shop for the first 500m ranging from 36's to a few 40's. Pretty unusual for me. Didn't feel any more crap than usual with 500 down and actually felt a lot better than I should have at the half way point. Didn't even start to die at around 1,250 either so i guess I must have been a little conservative
(Certainly I reckon that my training had been pointing to a 6:30 before the interuptions). It was a completely different story a short while later and the last 150-200m were very unpleasant indeed. Managed to hold on (and it certainly was holding on) for a PB of 6:32.3
Bizarre race really, totally unlike any 2k TT I've done before
Apart from the PB, I was also really chuffed to find that I'd beaten Steve backley MBE, OBE by a second
(For those who don't know or don't google, he's a retired javelin thrower who held the WR in around 1990 who's won a whole bunch of Olympic, European and World Championship medals
) I won't mention that he's had a hip replacement in the last few months
It was a great day and really nice to put faces and voices to a whole load of Free Spirits. Thanks all