I don't know how I managed a Sunday hill race! Must have still been on a high - feeling decidedly weary now that I am back to work :-(
We were wondering the same...
You're obviously nae trying hard enough at the 6-Days :-)
My week at the 6-Days was obviously nowhere near as tiring as those of you involved in the COT. In fact on most days I was only running for an hour which was possibly less tiring than my normal working day on the farm. Also, if you look back at my log, I didn't run at all in the week leading up to the 6-Day and was properly rested. I was definitely trying hard! Possibly too hard in some cases, hence the several "headless chicken" mistakes.
...please do not try any harder
Royal Deeside 2017 was the first 6-Days since 1979 where I haven't been involved as a Co-ordinator, Assistant Co-ordinator, Day Co-ordinator and other Central Organising Team roles, Team Leader in charge of a start or parking, etc. The Central Organising Team jobs are by far the most tiring and stressful jobs before and during the week and they have an effect on your performance during the week and your recovery time afterwards. The other jobs are less stressful but still affect you. This year I was 'only' working at the Red / Blue Start for 3 hours and this helped me perform better than at previous 6-Days and recover quickly. It must be great to be a competitor from outside Scotland when you simply turn up and run each day.
Yes, it must be nice to have the luxury of not helping* - but then we get to run in this sort of forest regularly (for you, Donald) and every week for us in Deeside :-)
* and actually a fair number of non-Scots do offer to help.