Q: I came across a quote by John Treacy, Irish Cross Country champion (1978-1979) that lays out Treacy's cross country race advice. He says, "Get out well, but not too quickly, move through the field, be comfortable. Strategy-wise, go with your strengths. If you don't have a great finish, you must get away to win. I've always found it effective to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little and you're gone before your opponent gets over the top. Also, around a tight bend, take off like holy hell. I've done that a number of times....You should not be flying down the home straight. Most of your efforts should have been put forth earlier."
Is Treacy telling the truth here? His racing tips on using hills and corners seem a bit devious...but I suppose The Rage would respect that. Any comment?
A: This guy is the real deal. As Manciata will testify, cross country is not for wimps, and I can't say it better than Mr. Treacy. Don't go out too hard too early. Start picking them off, one by one. Know when to make your statement and make it, baby...and as to when that might be...well, is it any surprise a runner of this caliber says what we have said over and over again here at 10K Truth?...Hills. You gotta love it.
This is true whether you are a front runner or running with your own peer group trying to score some points for your team. Read this guy's racing strategy and you will eventually beat a lot of folks that have been running ahead of you. However, while guys like him can put it on cruise control and take it to the house, folks like myself always find themselves running hard down the stretch because I can't run away from anyone. For those of us who have to make our room in the pack of our peers, he should have added about how tight turns work for guys looking to score points for their team. Make 'em go wide any chance you get. Even a hacker like myself can use this one as a good strategy to hold folks off trying to make a move on you. I did so successfully in the 2000 Truffle Shuffle (4 miler) on the last three turns and I think it was the key to hold off a real good runner who was on my shoulder for the last three miles. But I still had to sprint the last 100 yards. The Rage
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