Rogaining race 5:09:07  ** 42.7 km (7:14 / km) +805m 6:37 / km
ahr:149 max:177 spiked:52/53c (sick) shoes: New Balance M880BY4
6hr Metrogaine - Lane Cove River with Jem & Keelan
Planned a unique route and hardly saw any other teams for the first hour. Initially skipped 94 (at Loyal Henry) which was a big mistake as we finished well under time. 94 became an inefficient 25min out and back from the weir near the finish.
Started with 34-26-27 then a loop to the south via a deserted Fairylands: 65-25-82-95-42-103-32-83-33-66-73-102-45-64-86 and a drink stop at 40. 46-84 (re-assessed going for 94 from here but still decided against it) instead went down through Chatswood 53-67-93-52-24-50. Up Grosvenor Rd to 63-101-85 then the street loop around West Killara 60-30-70, Redbank oval to 92 then 81. Then the slow track 90-20-100, up Lane Cove Rd to 21-61.
Suffered terrible stomach pains and needed several pit stops coming back through Riverside drive - 21-31-80-61-22-71-44-91-62-72 - fortunately there were plenty of toilets along the way! Up to Loyal Henry for 94 then finished with a small loop up to Bradfield Rd 43-51-41-23.
Navigation was spot on except for losing a few minutes overshooting 82 to the north.
Keelan and Jem ran very strongly the whole way. I struggled in the last 2hrs and slowed the team down. I'm not sure what caused the diarrhoea - something I ate? contaminated water bottles? dehydration? Felt much better after the BBQ at the finish.
Still a good result 3rd place in strong competition - 30min behind Andy & Mounty who took a good route from 84-94 & 20min behind Richard G & Jess.