With the longest run locked and loaded last weekend, the Sunbirds were back in force for the start of Tapering this Sunday morning. The trainees were also excited about receiving their Sunbird race singlets to try out for use on the big day.
After the pre-training briefing and some quick photos, the respective groups ran off independently towards Fort Road. By now, many of the Sunbirds are already familiar with their paces and are putting in their final touches to the race and hydration/fuel plans.
The first part of the LSD was a tad challenging as the sun peeked through the clouds. Most of the Sunbirds were able to sustain Optimal Pace through to 21km without too much of an issue. The Changi Coastal stretch provided some relief from the Sun’s rays, helping many to sustain and coast through till they reached the Sailing Centre.
There were more runners at ECP this morning, putting in their final bursts for the SCMS on Dec 7. The Sunbirds having done 11 weeks of progressive training looked very composed and steady in their strides, giving them confidence of a good showing in a fortnight’s time.
The number of stragglers have greatly diminished and more Sunbirds have upgraded to faster groupings, leaving just very few in Group 4. That is testament to the progress they have made in just 11 weeks of structured buildup with the marathon training program.
All returned strongly back at C4 Nest by 11am, with faces glowing with a sense of pride and confidence that they have put in all the hard work, and it is now a matter of keeping their bodies well oiled for a smooth delivery on Race Day.
A few final tips and advise were given to the Sunbirds to help tweak and adjust some of the weak areas, before breaking off for home to have a good rest and recovery, with time left to enjoy the remaining half of the Sunday.
Next week will be Ops Finale and a graduating milestone of sorts for the Sunbirds, and we look forward to all dressed in their race day Sunbird attire for some nice shots for the album.
The Sunbirds Are Poised For Excellence!
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