At the Back of the Pack

Last week was pretty interesting. On Wednesday I caught a cold – which was pretty bad news in the light of my Sunday morning planned participation of the Amsterdam Marathon. In fact it was very bad news. So during the recovery days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday I drugged myself silly with C-vitamin and other good (and doping-wise legal) stuff to get through to race day in race shape.

On Sunday morning I was not in race shape, but I was close enough so I packed up all my things and with Jolanda’s support and cheers and best wishes made it to the starting line in the Olympic Stadium. At precisely the gun sent us all off into the unknown.

During the race I managed to send through a few updates on the racing. Basically I sent through a note at the 10 kilometer mark, and at the half marathon mark things were still OK – and that’s when they started to change as well. I started loosing speed and at about 25 kilometers Lucy came blazing by on her way to a 4½ hour time in her first marathon!

Still drinking and eating at every aid station, I struggled on in what eventually became a very moderate pace (OK, so it was very slow). On the final 10 kilometers I started having serious pain in my left knee, and I was only able to have that stop temporarily when I changed to Gavin-style running at about 35 kilometers. Slightly longer strides and slightly bend forwards temporarily took care of the problem. But it came back – in a big way.

The final 5 or 6 kilometers was an experience in agonizing paing quite unlike anything I’ve tried in any other endurance sport prior to running this marathon. I thought I’d state that for the record. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a finish line as I was when I turned around the last corner and could see the Olympic Stadium!

After the run I was empty. There was no energy left and Jolanda took care of me the entire evening making sure that I didn’t have to move an inch.

Total time was 4:50:35 – Here my final times and a few extra pictures.

Naam Jakob Thusgaard
Woonplaats Amsterdam
Land NED
Afstand Marathon
Categorie Msen
Totaal plaats 6027 / 6527
Categorie plaats 1099
Snelheid 8,712 km/uur
Bruto tijd 4:59:09
Netto tijd 4:50:35
Netto tussentijden (verschil)
5 kilometer 31:40 (31:40)
10 kilometer 1:01:42 (30:02)
15 kilometer 1:32:47 (31:05)
20 kilometer 2:03:45 (30:58)
Halve marathon 2:10:58
25 kilometer 2:35:51 (32:06)
30 kilometer 3:12:29 (36:38)
35 kilometer 3:51:07 (38:38)
40 kilometer 4:33:57 (42:50)

At the Entrance to the Olympic Stadium And we're off!! The Winner - well, sort of...

Torbjørn Sindballe 3rd at Ironman World Championships, Kona

Congratulations Torbjørn!!!!

In one of the strongest packs in the Hawaii Ironman in Kona, Hawaii, Torbjørn Sindballe managed to take 3rd place after yet another amazing ride on Sunday morning CET.

As expected Torbjørn made his move on the bike beginning to reel in leader Chris Lieto to finally have the fastet bike ride of the 2007 Hawaii Ironman. Torbjørn was taken over by Macca on the run and still managed to finish in 3rd place!

Top-10 Ironman 2007 1. Chris McCormack 8:15:34
2. Craig Alexander 8:19:04
3. Torbjorn Sindballe 8:21:30
4. Timothy DeBoom 8:22:30
5. Marino Vanhoenacker 8:23:31
6. Chris Lieto 8:25:49
7. Eneko Llanos 8:26:00
8. Luc van Lierde 8:30:01
9. Michael Lovato 8:33:28
10. Patrick Vernay 8:35:10

First Marathon – one week to go!

Amsterdam Marathon 2007 is currently not far away – not far away at all. In fact it struck me a bit earlier today that my first marathon is just a week away and I should be preparing right this very moment.

And I guess that I’ve been running (most of) my kilometers, I’m quitting all alcohol for a two-week period, trying to get my sleep and save as much energy as I can. The run on Sunday will be the longest until the run and it will be just 8-10 kilometers. Should be good.

Still, you never know. Running buddy Gavin told today that he’s physio has grounded him and
from participating in the race. Even when you’ve timed your training almost perfectly it seems that just a little bad luck towards the end can put a premature end to all the hard work… I hope my legs will be able to carry me another 50-60 kilometers and then it’s maybe time for some post-race depression before the next big thing.

Today I got a marketing pack from the race organisation. Now I’m going through all the material and studying the route and feeling like there’s a long way to the start and endless kilometers to the finish!