New 10000m Canadian Record holder
My first event in Australia took place in Canberra, on the track at the AIS on Wednesday. It was a very hot day, which made the track a little slower, still scoching at 6pm with a decent wind. The 1500m was the first event which went quite well. Though I was first coming into the final stretch with a very elite group, I finished 4th, half a second from first in a tight finish. I was pretty happy with how I raced that, but I viewed it as a warm-up for what was to come.
The 10000m race took place just before 9pm, and it had cooled down a bit and the wind died a little. A field of 11 started strong, not going below 32km/h in the first few laps, with a strong pace being set. Everyone seemed to want fast times, with the opportunity to qualify for a 10000m at World Championships. The pace was definitely going faster than I expected, with people dropping off and pulling out, leaving 4 in the lead pack about a third to halfway through. I was one of them. It was one of the toughest races I have ever done, demanding every ounce of energy and adrenaline to keep in. Around halfway I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to hang in, feeling dehydrated, my muscles numb as I pushed them past their capacity. I barely managed to grab a sip of fluid from my camelback, and it was enough to give me the bit of energy I needed. Kurt Fearnley, myself, Marcel Hug, and Kota Hokinoue pushed together right to the end, with Kurt taking the win, myself two seconds behind in fourth. Though I wanted top 3, I was still satisfied as we passed the former World Record of 20:25 set by Heinz Frei in ’99. My time was 20:17, which is now the new Canadian Record. The World Record is still pending, as a faster performance was recorded, however it was done on the Warm Springs track, which has an ashphalt surface, illegal for IPC records.
Pictures to come soon..