That we could be so close over the two days with totally contrasting runs!
Gees, despite me smashing the finish on day 1, the top three (Craig, Simon and Ivan) were all within five seconds. I must be getting old!
Nah, better to have spent your energy out on the course in all the other 'run fast' places than come home with spare bikkies!
I did that very well on day 2. Anytime I had a flat (or downhill), open area, I let loose. That was after I'd made all my errors though. Probably explains too why I really struggled on the H4.
Good job. I used to find even when in my fit and fast days that I'd kind of drop to hard long run pace rather than racing when the opportunity presented. Often I'd be reminded when I saw someone else elite-ish running fast through the forest and I think 'Wow, they're hammering" and then find that I wasn't really pushing super fast on sections where I could e.g. down a spur, rough compass to massive catching feature, chasing a runner in the distance. Once I'd lifted for a few minutes I'd find it easier to maintain that aggression, kind of recalibrating.
Wouldn't your strength be to hammer the uphills, relative to the rest of the field? Minimise time loss on downhills/flat (as you did) but smash the ups.
That would be ideal but my legs were a tad sore on Sunday after the morning's MTBO and then on Monday they were sore from Sunday. I did still 'run' the uphills but I've not been doing any running training lately!
I blasted my way across to #9 yesterday (was slightly off line but corrected) then when I got to the hill I forced myself to run up it, saying to myself 'Do you want Tooms to beat you on this hill?' Shame there are no results up yet for yesterday to have a look at.
Not at all surprised that I won that many splits. It was all that crud in the first half that killed me. If only I could navigate consistently!