City to Bay 2014

On Sunday I was one of 36,000 people who ran in the City to Bay Fun Run. It’s a 12km event, starting at the north edge of the Adelaide CBD, taking us south through the centre of the city, down Anzac Highway, finishing on Jetty Road in Glenelg. A predicted high of 22°C, no winds and clear skies made for great conditions.

City to Bay 2014 Runkeper

This was my fourth go at the City to Bay since taking up running in 2011. I didn’t get much of an opportunity to train this time, as last week I cycled in the 120km Amy’s Gran Fondo, and the fortnight before that I spent a week in the Victorian Alps back-country skiing. As I was busy (recovering from) these events I only had two training runs the past month; a 12km two weeks before hand, and 7km two days before to make sure my knee had recovered from the bike race.

Joel running down Jetty Road in the 2014 City to Bay

As it turns out the cross-training did wonders. I didn’t believe the 4:25 min/km splits that RunKeeper was reading out to me, but the legs were more than happy to move along at that pace. I got to the bay in 52:42, and the splits were correct – I managed to maintain a consistent pace the entire way. The exception was the last 200m, where I threw my legs as far as they would go and managed to get 13th in the Crazed Sprint for the Line segment on Strava, with a 2:13 km/h split.

I improved by 4:38 from last year, and importantly, bet Greg by 20 seconds! It’s going to be hard to back that up next year.