The evening weather at ECP was cool after the afternoon bout of showers, lending to a good run ahead for the enthusiastic trainees who were excited to test out their Optimal Pace over 21km and 35km as a gauge of how they may fare at GCAM in early July.
The respective groups of 4:00h, 4:30h, 4:45h, 5:00h and 5:30h set off with their trainers at 6:30pm towards Fort Road, with the plan to run a 21km larger loop, followed by another 10km-14km smaller loop with the main focus of sustaining their Optimal Race Pace for as long as they would hold without breaking down.
The first 21km was completed strongly by all groups with the pace held well. Isotonic drinks and bananas provided the fuel to sustain the second loop on slightly tiring legs. The majority held on to pace well into 25km-28km, while a few started to find the going a little challenging with threats of cramping and the onset of muscle fatigue.
With the encouragement and guidance of the FatBird trainers and pacers, all the Kookaburras completed their training objectives in good form, returning back to the start point by 10:30pm, 4 hours maximum on-feet time.
Although feeling tired, the Kookaburras were satisfied having completed their longest run in good form and meeting Optimal Pace. With one more 30km next weekend, the Kookaburras are now looking forward to the Tapering Phase to set the stage for a good race at GCAM in what would be excellent weather and conditions to do even much better than what can be achieved in hot and humid Singapore.
The Kookaburras Delivered On Their Longest Run!