This year WARR (World Airline Road Race) took place in Sydney.
A nice day for a scenic race course along Darling Harbour. May be too many twists and turns but overall, apart for two small uphills, very flat.
Unfortunately the race did not go as I wanted after having trained for so long and so hard...but not everything can be perfect. In Italy there is a say that goes "not all the donugths come with a hole"!
So, let's start with the result: 17:26 good for a 7th place overal and 2nd place in the Master Category.
The Sunday before, 21OCT08, I run Takashimadaira but I did all the warm up in singlet and shorts untill the start and then the race. The day was quite cold and since I was already into the warm up when I started to feel cold, I decided not to bother too much. Unfortunately this is not my usual warm up standard so the next day I paid the consequences with a backache just on my right side only and I brought it all the way with me in Sydney up to the race day. Overall the biggest affection was during the days before Sydney race because it limited my tapering to be done properly and it gave me a very negative overall feeling with thoughts that I could not even finish the run.
On the race day I woke up early to have breakfast and tape my back to give support to the muscles.
The race went fast up to KM 3 where I passed in 9:30 (later GPS downloads gave it as 2.9K) but soon after I felt like a stitch to the back so that I must have slowed down subconsciously because at the end of the race I felt very strong with still lot of energy inside.
By 7 secs I lost the previous year title of first master that I won in Amsterdam in 17:47. Even the fact that this year time was 21secs faster could not let me feel less sad. The first Master in Sydney run in 17:19, the same time I did obtain on Shibuya T&F twenty days earlier. Nothing to say, he was faster!