running 1:24:32  14.24 km (5:56 / km) +1100m 4:17 / km
shoes: Inov8 X-talon 225 black+red
Helderberg Mountain Challenge.
Was helping with kit checks from 5:30-8:00, so ended up being super rushed before the start and having no warm up, so that wasn't ideal..
Felt pretty comfortable the 1st 2km (gradual jeep track climb), but in hindsight was probably a little fast and legs started feeling pretty shiiittee after that. The rest of the jeep track climb (2.5km, 300m climb) was pretty heinous, but just tried to keep it to a steady jog and get through it. Legs were still feeling rubbish when I hit the start of the hiking trail, so ended up having to just powerwalk majority of the way.
Reached the summit in 4th about 4min down on Olli and another guy and 3:30 down on Jono. (and also about 1min slower than last year and 3min slower than 2015..(52min vs 51 and 49min)
Was pretty sure I was out of the race by this stage, but still tried to have a proper go at attacking the tecnical top and 1st descent section and was pretty surprised to catch up to Jono and the other guy about 10min later. Got stuck behind the other guy for a bit (him not very nice about letting anyone past..), but eventually managed to after a couple of failed attempts+ got back to trying to catch up Olli.
Managed to catch Olli about 5min later as we joined back to the jeep track, but thought he was going to be pretty strong on the jeep given his road/track speed and I'd started to get a bit of a stich. Luckily he was a bit broken after the climb, so managed to pull away and end up winning by 2min or so.
Happy to take the win, but pretty bleak about how rubbish I felt on the climb. Seems the lack of any proper mountains in my Norway trip wasnt great for it..
On the other hand- always nice to see the descending getting better and better. total time was 7 secs slower than last year, so about 1:30min quicker on the descent (and I had a very solid one last year as well).