Mountain Biking race (Banyowla) 3:29:24  28.08 km (8.0 kph) +992m
ahr:160 max:180 25c shoes: Giro Privateer
Just going to say it up front... not a fan of loose deep gravel/sand.
I remember my first leg cruising down the hill and within about 30s thinking you know what... I have no fucking idea what I am doing or where I am or where I am going... So I kept riding. Went down completely the wrong track but it was recoverable, certainly some extra distance though!
From1 back to 2 ran in to Dave S. and told him where to go as he was not having a good time either. Went up and found 2 and coming out found Tash looking equally perplexed wanting to go to #1 so i lead her back down the hill and in the right direction before going road then up to 3.
3-4-5-6 all reasonable, nothing amazing just felt alright lots of map reading. was about now when i felt like things started to make sense. So I then went and blew that out the water riding completely past 7 and having to back track... didn't do as bad as Juffy though.
7-8-9-10 was all fine. 8 was first time I had to walk up a hill, and 10 was certainly an eye opener some of the drop offs through there... 10-11 through suburbia think it was shane on my tail. around to 12. then shane disappeared up the hill. I wasn't so keen so sat and thought about it for a while and disappeared mid way down the hill towards the quarry. - up to 13 was... interesting also about now my body started to reject the idea of exercise through general lack of energy. and at 13 discovered Dave S and another (sorry I recognise you but cant think of your name right now) with a flat. Gave them a 29er, a cannister and left them too it and pissed off the other direction.
14 was a nice leg but for the start and up to 15 was pretty straight forward. I think also by now I had run out of water in my 3L pack though :(.
went north to 16 - was not pleasant - Lesa caught me on this leg and we ended up tussling for the rest of the course from this point out. Completely muppeted 17... intention was right - execution was horrible.
18-19 good - went to 20 via 4 whoops. I even was on the right path and wasn't so sure and Lesa zipped up that way and I second guessed myself - blah! 21-22 via the main road. then the pain of 23-24-25 nav was reasonable nothing perfect but generally happy with it and good finish.
Got lobstered - whoops no suncream. also dehydration again, killer headache kicked in about 5pm ;( Good day out though, exceptionally hard course.