Josh’s MiniMos Race Report

The first I heard of the Mini Mos was a few months ago in a team e-mail sent out from Holly. The gauntlet was laid down- who would be challenging Sophie, last year’s winner, for the SquareOne Cup? The rumour mill was immediately working in overtime…Campbell’s trip with the Wallabies was just a cover up, and he was actually undertaking altitude training in Ethiopia; Sophie had been sleeping in an Oxygen tent; and Amy was looking at a sub 40 minute time. These rumours prompted me into some last minute training. Coincidently whilst doing some sprints along Manly beach front I went past Holly, who clocked my pace. This was clearly passed onto Campbell who was a no-show on the big day.

The first I heard of the Mini Mos was a few months ago in a team e-mail sent out from Holly. The gauntlet was laid down- who would be challenging Sophie, last year’s winner, for the SquareOne Cup? The rumour mill was immediately working in overtime…Campbell’s trip with the Wallabies was just a cover up, and he was actually undertaking altitude training in Ethiopia; Sophie had been sleeping in an Oxygen tent; and Amy was looking at a sub 40 minute time. These rumours prompted me into some last minute training. Coincidently whilst doing some sprints along Manly beach front I went past Holly, who clocked my pace. This was clearly passed onto Campbell who was a no-show on the big day.

I ensured I was in tip top shape going into the race, with Saturday focused around optimising my preparation. To get my head in the game I watched Rocky IV, and followed a strict Mexican and Cider based carbo-loading diet. On the morning of the race a few quick stretches and a banana meant I felt strong. The gun went, and I immediately lost sight of Sophie in the crowd. Amy was hot on my tail and I knew I had to get my head down. I got into the slip stream of one of the pace setters, and I was taking names for the first 3km (all downhill). However at the 6km mark it was a whole different story. I was struggling. Buzz Lightyear cruised past me, and no matter how many times I sung "Eye of the Tiger" to myself, my calves were screaming for me to stop. However in my own mind I heroically battled on. The eventual sight of Allan Border Oval and sound of 10’s of fans cheering my name prompted a big sprint finish. I slipped back 5 spots, to finish a pleasing 54th overall; but more importantly to claim my maiden SquareOne Cup.

Following the race I took every opportunity to loudly complain about the tightness in my calves, and was nearly rewarded for my efforts with a massage. However within seconds of lying down I was de-prioritised, as a certain politician appeared in the tent with an injury sustained in the race, which Holly was expertly able to deal with. The celebrations were kept on ice until the team assembled at the local creperie. Banana and chocolate was the post-race nourishment of choice, and champagne from the cup of course. Now that I’ve recovered I’m looking forward to next year it is clear I will be a marked man, and no doubt there are already devious plans being hatched to prevent me having back to back success. However whilst I’m the spotlight I would like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors Cadburys and Magners, who have both been crucial in my training and nutrition for this event. I hope we can form an equally successful partnership next year.