All to soon the lead Solo guys came through, OK only Mike Baily came through, he was miles ahead... If I remember correctly something like 7min ahead of Cain and AJ (I hear they took a detour in to Kirstenbosh to look at the flowers). Next in was Will and Nic, then Andrew on his own.
The relays had started 15min after the Solo's and Bernard was next in, I was about 15min behind Mike and I didn't know who was chasing me (solo or team). I didn't need to catch the Solo Guys, but the truth be told I'm not the best relay runner in the world, I can't just lay my body on the line for nothing, so I set my sights on chasing down the solo guys...
Leg 3 of TMC is only 17.5km but with 950m climb it has reduced grown men to tears... and today it was going to be hot!
I took off down the gravel road and as I ran alone, I start to think, "Hay these legs are working" from the start we drop for about 2km then, still on the gravel roads we start to climb, and there ahead I could see the orange top of Andrew. I didn't catch him till we were on the contour path to Llandudno corner.
|CLIMBING LLANDUDNO CORNER (Jacques takes the best pictures)|
|Old Man Running along the Top|
|Oh it's me...|
By the time I got there he was long gone, but I heard voices and looked around to see who was chasing, NO no-one was chasing, it was Cain, he was lost in the bushes, he had turned right at a large rock and was now not even close to a path!!! I whistled and called him telling him the race went this way... (he was shattered and after getting back on track and in the race he didn't last long before he called it a day with less than 3km to the end!!!)
I was going nicely and again I saw AJ and it didn't take long to catch him...
1h59:53 and I was in, the team's time of 3h33:53 was 5min off the record, but still a good time.
Thank you CONTEGO I had a good time out there, it is good to run in a team from time to time. It's also nice to win!!!
Sunday, a day off, NO! I headed to the 10km race to ran with a friend who wanted to break 36min... We ran nicely till 7km then he slowed and just couldn't hold the pace, I think he legs are a bit tired from all the marathon training. I keep with him till 600m to go, then went for it... 35:57. I hope he listens and takes this week's taper for the marathon seriously we are wanting to run 2h59:59 or 2h54:59 or we go big 2h49:59.
But that is next weeks story...