Requested 1st leg for the 2nd team, just for the experience. I've not done much 1st leg over the years, and once again proved why!
Comfortable in the lead pack, making my own decisions and keeping in contact til it got scrappy at 6. Regroup on 7 where no one was in control.
Group of 6 approaching 8, I was sat at the back. For some reason I decided to shave off the corner to reach the front. The point that I made this decision was where the group punched the control the other side of a spur. Took me a minute to realise I'd missed it and had to run back. Wasn't in enough contact here, too loose, and poor decision making. Should've sat in, played it safer, waited for definite confirmation on position. Lesson learnt.
Pushed on the next few to try and get back on board but lungs were starting to blow - miss on 13 didn't help, then hit 16 before 15 - game over. Lungs had totally exploded by now so the last loop was a struggle. Pointless attempt at outsprinting some M20s at the end mangled my calf too!
In some ways, there were actually more positives than yesterday - was actually reading the map cleaner and making decisions on the run. Unfortunately did not race smart, and my illness didn't allow my legs to play ball. Shame.
But, in a nutshell, it's got to be back to basics for me. Need to start doing the simple things better first up.
Still, beat Ireland, and the other B team boys did well, particularly Paddy.