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So I had two traces for this the new watch and the old watch. the new watch clocked in at 33.79 km but had a number of satellite de-syncs shown by the perfectly straight lines but it also had a lot of extra points and wiggles where I knew there wasn't. So I have ditched that trace and relied on this trace from the old wathc.... however it feels short (considering a number of teams did a lot more kms on there traces on strava I feel like we were closer to 30 but have no way to validate really.
Feeling good coming in - down 7kgs in 6 weeks and feeling fitter and strong than in a long time. Definitely not near my peak but on the improve massively. Dave had told me he wasn't going competitive so I thought I was in for a chance to get the top spot even though there were 5 or 6 other reasonable teams that could take it.
I was, however, taking a complete novice who bought his first compass and a lot of the kit he used the day of the race. He was keen to go hard but knew he would just be sitting behind me hanging on - which really put the pressure on me to make good calls and clean nav.
We set a course which was way too long at 31km straight line I wanted more like 25-27 but we just kept getting 31 so we wrote that down meanwhile knowing unless we blitz the course it was getting cut hard. Gave him a crash course on his compass (didn't have much fo a base plate so was going to be hard for him).
HH-55: Control was overlapping HH triangle - within 200m... managed to miss the control to our right by maybe 10m and proceed to storm off until I realised there should be a hoard of people and we've gone too far... great bloody start! Was worrying as we needed to push it and I had to carry and clearly stuffed it. Anyway back to control and punched in with the masses then charged off at a pace to get back out in front.Really thinking the year+ off proper bush nav was going to bite me in the butt!
55-94: Clean up the hill ended up being about the 5th team here as we overtook heaps on the uphill.
94-84: Cleared out the 3 teams in front of us and felt like I had found my nav again. Luke had to stop to take rock/something out his shoe and applied body glide to his foot quickly whilst there. Was concerned it might be a long day if every few controls this was the case but it was thankfully the only one and he was a hard nutter all day from here.
84-85: Down to the patrol road and ran the road, in from the junction and onto 85.
85-41: Was a water drop we wouldn't need as it was early, went straight at it an gave a minor drift tot he right - pretty much hit it dead on.
41-51: Ran this leg, at least until we almost hit the control. Was 6minutes behind our time budget to complete the 31km straight line... including an 8minute stuff up at the start... was pumped still in touch.
51-70: Jogging and walking track again clean on to the point.
70-52: Fast walk and then run feature was a bit tricky and we lost a few minutes in the circle on the new bridge, not the old bridge... eventually found the control tucked in at the old bridge.
52-62: Ran a good section of this leg with the patrol car sitting behind us for a good few minutes until I called for walking and he came up alongside and said nice work holding 10-12km/hr! 62 was a water drop but wanted to be in and out quick and boy tbh it's probably the fastest waterdrop I have done in a rogaine Luke was all for minimising downtime.
62-102: Nav was really good and was all on the contours. Which was great as I had a few harder nav legs coming. We were right on or holding time still despite the running.
102-92: The start of the bush stuff and the more challenging nav I wanted to be at 92 by 2:10 I think it was 2:16 we got there with the 2hr mark on that leg we either held or had slipped a few minutes and I knew we would get punished ahead on time now. Also, this leg was really nice nav lots of following contours and the feel - felt really clean, had a chat with Dave and Grant near 92 before rolling down onto the point.
92-43: Straight down the spur onto the track slight left and there - was a slow downhill but still on pace.
43-100: The start of the end! this was always going to be a brutal climb and I knew the veg was going to be crap on canning river and it was. was a fight to get into it and then the climb was tough (not brutal) but pushing the pace was a challenge and I feel like we dropped 10 mins for the distance. Got the control really cleanly though.
100-80: Had passed 3 teams which said good luck and the setter had pre-warned us its ugly. It was. it cost us another 8-10 mins or a 6-8 minute leg... but to our credit, we got through the worst part quickly found a clearer part and moved quickly through the dense bush and made the right call on a direction to search. Picked up a few cuts on this leg and something in my eye but knew this was the worst of it. We were now down through a water stop, and a control and given the distance was probably 30-45 down. So the 10 we had from the first two hours plus the 2x 10 on the prior two legs had hurt us.
80-W-40: Water drop before control ran on the track and the water stop was very efficient again particularly for grabbing food and panadol and extra bits and bobs. however, 40 wasn't our cleanest grab probably lost a few mins here.
40-82: A bit of jogging on the bib track some hesitation on 1 creek crossing but pushed on correctly grabbing the point. This was roughly the 3 hour mark or shortly after this and punched at 3:41. It was starting to get dark I knew we had 1 more control in us before lights would be needed and I knew we would slow again then.
82-90: back to track jogged sections of this and came in off the bend clean onto control.
90-71: Back to track and night kit on, wasn't a particularly speedy change but wasn't slow either. 71 was just on a junction a few hesitations and a bit of a slow search but got it. wasn't really a nav one and probably cost us a minute or two again. we had hit 4hrs 6 mins here and where well down on that point so started thinking of cuts.
71-104: Our first real night nav leg and our last super hard control and last difficult climb. I was doing my best to focus on nav but had to plan a cut, our course was 104-50-31-73-72-(4hr mark leg)-74-81 I knew we were over 4 hours on the start of this climb but didn't want to drop 104 so thought 104-81 would save us about 3.5km and get us much closer. if we were clean and fast. Looking at it now I think the leg of 50-31-74 whilst further would have been a better choice but I was trying to bank time. Anyway executed my nav perfectly on 104 until 20-50m from control (yes well inside the circle) then had a complete nav meltdown and nothing made sense. panic set in and Luke who had just been following me reassured me of the fact he had no fucking idea where we were lol. Really stressed on what was my first-night nav in a very long time. another team was looking and I told them my thoughts and they said they had just come from there, which confused me more, my compass wasn't making sense, neither was the map, it had only been a few minutes but I was already considering a safety bearing because I was rapidly feeling out of time and out of comfort. decided to try a few things before that and as I started my first of 3 different attacks the other team said hey over here about 20m from where we were and on my 2nd angle I was going to try. This however really shook my confidence, spirits and cost us precious time.
104-81: fast down to the track and along to Randall. Wanted confidence back so went back to 1st principles with specific bearing onto trees and pace counting. hit the control reasonably flush but my pace count was slightly short so had some hesitation which didn't help but wasn't horrid.
81-91: To the track then wanted to grab the junction, seems I found a track and took a bearing off that not sure still if that was the junction I wanted even looking at quickroute but bearing was right - this is I hit the track I thought I took bearing off after 50m and that 'wasn't supposed to be there' and the contours where all wrong. discarded the bearing and said Luke the control is in there somewhere and pointed into the vague gully. then spotted about 50-10m away from the smallest white/orange and said, in fact, I think that's it. Luke looked directly at it and said nope its not it. I said we ware going for a look and I am glad we did because it was! This was now at 5hrs so we had lost more time on last 2 legs - I always knew we would likely cut our 5-6hr loop around the hash and I knew we had enough time to get in within 45 from here doing that so I was comfortable but I felt the cut we had done already took us out of contention for the win.
91-53: Popped a caffeinated gel in just to boost the concentration and energy because well caffeine is my friend at this point! then went hard up the trail (once confirmed was on the right one - was still geographically challenged and not confident). Was a nice easy leg and expected it would be.
53-95: Wanted to be clean as we started to talk about grabbing 54 as a last ditch on way in but had to be clean and fast to do so. should've been an easy leg but I decide dot search the watercourse the wrong way - somehow doubling back on where we came - realised pretty quickly and told Luke I was wrong and its further on, found it pretty quick after that. This didn't shake me, in fact, I was reasonably focussed now.
95-34: Down to Randall road and ass soon as we hit it it was proper running to 34 with only minor hesitation on the point. Speed graph shows 6 mins km for the running.
34-33: This is where I said if we have 20 mins we can do 54 if we are 15 or under we are going home in-between well discuss. We ran this leg hard. top speed 4:47/km we had 16 mins post punching and said if we run hard to the watercourse maybe we can do it.
33-54: hard to the watercourse. top speed I could see was 4:29/km! Passed a few teams who thought we where just legging it in and showing off but no we were on a missing - dived into bush knew it was about 400m up - I decided rather than bearing and pace count I would just follow the river bed fast - it went FOREVER - Luke was calling times but we where committed... we got to get out we ain't going to find it.... turns out that was 75m too short! SIGH making matters worse we only had 4-5 mins to get back now which was pretty much impossible... I ten lost the river and went parallel to the road and away from hash! what a cock up at least 150 in the wrong direction before correcting and getting onto the road, so added and extra 300 to our leg home. We went hard as we could back I had to call stop once because the pace was too high and felt sick but 10s of air back into the run again. ended up 4:20 late. and losing 50 without getting the 50... should've just come home.
I felt like if we had any chance of doing well the call for the last 50 just burnt it and I was really kicking myself as I knew better and its the first time I've ever been late back! #nothappyjan
Turns out though we had done enough and then some #winnersaregrinners! seriously impressed with Luke he reckons he had another 1km/hr in his and was keen for the 12 already. Also held up really well and won in his first event never having used a compass or a lot of his kit before race day! lol. unheard of! If he gets his nav on and enjoys the sport he could become a real serious competitor.
Appart from a few nasty scratches and a sore big toe feeling really good, stretched the legs on Sunday with a 1 hr pram walk which felt comfortable which was good.