Ok so once again I have been a little slack in updating my blog, to be honest I have had nothing amazing to share with my followers so I haven’t wanted to bore you.
However the last couple of weeks have been spent getting down hard to training, really putting my head down and getting on with it, I have already seen an improvement in the run time which led to a new 5k PB. Once again it was Marston Forest 5k that provided the backdrop. I have written a brief overview of the race in the race report section of this site. Needless to say I am happy to see the run speed back to where it should be, however both my coach and I believe I still have that sub 18 in me.
Work has been insanely busy and because of that I will unfortunately miss the ITU qualification race in Bristol this weekend, this came as a bit of a blow if I’m honest as I was really looking forward to racing in my sponsors home town, but work is work and it pays the bills, so not much choice really.
To add to the misery of ITU qualification I decided to check the start times for Llandudno next weekend, I checked my age group – yes, still 30-34, still group F. A nice afternoon start time so I may even be able to get some breakfast in my hotel! Result. I checked out the course which I plan to drive around the day before and read through the race details and transition plan. All in perfect order. Excellent. Then I checked what race number I was….. and …… what? Start list, search, Scott…… nothing. I wasn’t on the start list! When the season began I had hoped to qualify in either Nottingham (dropped chip) or Bristol (work) so I had not entered Llandudno. If I failed to qualify in these events I would then enter Llandudno as a backup, good plan. Except of course I had totally forgotten I had decided this with myself and even convinced myself I had entered and booked the hotel. Of course this close to the race it is full, I am on the waiting list but realistically my hopes and dreams for ITU World championship representation are over. I am absolutely gutted! What a total muppet!
This now leaves me with all my eggs in the European basket. Currently Grendon is in the bag but I need to qualify outright in New Biggin in September to ensure I achieve this seasons goals.
So as you can see, what started as a positive week with a nice new shiny PB in the 5k ended in disaster with no one to blame but myself. Lesson learned? Definitely.
Nothing I can do now apart from hope I make the waiting list and if not focus on a good training block with MarkOne Coaching before smashing the races in September and making sure I’m in Austria next year wearing the red, white and blue!
What a muppet! These things happen I guess.