Special mention should go to Agata because even though she has an extremely painful right arm which is by no means recovered (after the 30Km/h accident of last Sunday) she managed the distance and have an equal Personal Best for this event. No doubt if she was 100% good condition she would have gone faster.
Marcus too had an interesting race. Having mysteriously gained over 5Kg in weight since Jan 2011 the last few days of the week were spent in a desperate weight loss regime. I managed to drop about 1Kg but I did feel those extra 4Kg slowing me down during all aspects of the race
Marcus Race Report: I was in starting block 2 and began running at 18:14. It seems ironic that the 20Km runners seems to get the last (and worst) start of the day with all the kids and shorter runs getting better times. Ironic since it is the 20Km of Lausanne after all!
You will see that the course is quite hilly. We started by the lake and then ran east and towards our first hill. Within 1Km my friend Carsten passed me and pointed out the balloon pace men running just behind me
The above is an example, my balloon man was 01:30. I decided to pass the pace man and hopefully keep ahead of him. On the hills it seems I was going a lot faster than the 01:30 pace man and other Bloc 2 runners but it was extremely difficult going. I blame it on those extra Kilograms!
After kilometer 12Km the route is mostly downhill and the paceman shot past me. His pace was very uneven. I battled hard by sprinting but was not gaining on him. Doing so for the next 8Km would be pretty impossible. By some considerable effort I caught him by Km 18 and just managed to get past him on the last straight of the finish.
This was a great race for meeting people. We saw Rashida and Jose before and after the race. Similarly we also bumped into Andy and Sophie before and after. I met Carsten and Kathy on the race itself. This is pretty extraordinary because the official website claimed about 20,000 people participating. A much greater number that I could possibly imagine.
So by 21:00 we were finished and showered and it was time to visit a local restaurant where we would all compare notes about how easy or difficult we had all found this run.
As usual thanks to the wonderful organisational talents of Lausanne to make this event proceed so effortlessly.
Agata 20Km time == 01:45:44
Marcus 20Km time = 01:27:06
Marcus Drank 200ml of Powerade, ate 2x SIS Gels