8 x 5 minute efforts was the go and after a change of start location to the Stone Pillars we were all set to go with another massive crowd out for the first run back after the Easter break.
Only Barts leading from the top guys although I noticed Fats was putting in some effort today and was looking strong and young Hoey was good for a rep or two before he was spotted floating around for the remainder. I pretty much tucked in with Enda, Macca, Jeet and Frenchman Jerome for the first rep and was happy to cover 1.4ks averaging 3.36s for the 5 minutes. On the return its always harder and once that headwind hit you it seemed twice as hard and wasn’t helped when Warrior Charlie thought it a good idea upon coming over the expressway to tug my shirt for about 50 metres. Wasn’t happy as I was doing it tough without that and made my disappointment known (apologies if it did sound over the top).
Made it back with about 2 seconds to spare but was blowing hard. Reps 3, 4, 5 and 6 were very similar and was reaching the same point for each with Richie Large, Super Kev, Asian Dave and Hamish all keeping me company throughout.
Could have happily pulled the pin after 6 but headed out again for the 7th and despite feeling every beer, 5 kilo of chocolate and about 100 Hot Cross Buns consumed over the past 4 days managed to hold the 3.37 pace that I was happy enough with. Decided that would do me for the day and with Jerome just cruised the 8th leg back to the starting point.
The two girls #1 Renee and Eastside Elle were looking strong – especially on the final rep, Good to see Taffy Lad back with us, Jeet continues to impress (and will most certainly clean me up next weekend), Not sure exactly what Kanser was doing ? Seemed to be poncing around up and down easy but will need to put more effort in if he’s to cover those 2 minutes come Canberra.
Over 11ks done for the session and with a warm up & cool down 13 for the day.
Very busy in and around the Domain today, never seen so many Chinese tourists around, even Renaud was posing for photos in between sets at one stage and will be the talking point for many a dinner party once they return home. Meanwhile one group almost fell to the ground in fits of laughter as Crossy Lad flew by near the A.B.C Pool.