running race 2:52:00  25.0 km (6:53 / km) +1500m 5:18 / km
shoes: Salomon sense pro 4 blue
UTCT special edition 25km
Knew I wouldn't be anywhere near the front, so just tried to run my own race and finish fairly strong. sitting around 20th on the first road and jeep sections, gradually passed about 6/7 people on the singletrack climb up to the saddle, then another couple on the descent down to newlands. Group of 6 of us formed on the mtb track and were together into the aid station. I stopped for a couple min while everyone else carried on, so lost a couple min there, but wanted to feel "fresh" for the climb back up to saddle. Walked the whole way up, but was pretty consistent, so managed to pass Thabang and close on a few others. Nice long descent back down to tafelberg road, but bit too rough to get past anyone. Hit the jeep and then managed to open up a bit, passing 3 people. Finished pretty strong, again feeling like I could go on a fair amount, just not pick up the pace.
Happy to sneak into the top 10 (9th) in a really solid field! Super cool to see such depth at an SA race!
Kane won in about 2:28, Robbie within a min and then LLew and Daniel 5ish min back.
Excited to get back to actually training. Feeling a bit fat and slow out there :P
Ankle still a little fragile, but definitely getting better, so hopefully just another week or two of watching that before getting back into things :)