Running - Offroad race (Wadsworth Trog) 3:09:19  31.59 km (6:00 / km) +1346m 4:56 / km
ahr:145 max:177 shoes: Xtalon 212 (blk/red)
21st, compared with 35th last year, and 13 mins faster, so a definite improvement. Snow last year slowed it down - but apart from the snow, conditions were great. This year, no snow, and not massively muddy (still muddy), but c.50mph winds throughout. Like, constantly. Really really really windy all the time. Went through a kissing gate at one point and the blowback was so strong the gate knocked me over! Everyone I spoke to afterwards was slower this year, and the winning time was 7 mins slower. So I'm taking it.
Interesting analysis this year in isolation; 15th all the way to cp3 (started strongly, including up, down, steep up, onto the moor) but as soon as we got into the wind, really struggled, 19th by 4. Then easy downhill to 5 was taking it steady, clearly others not as down to 25th. Did badly first half of 8 across the windy moor again, did well up the hill but down to 28th at 8. Now I'm feeling good though as everyone else is tiring - 25th at 9, 23rd at 12, 22nd at 13, 21st at finish.
No nav issues although Strava implies there's a better line to be taken to the shaft rather than going xc quite so much, which was slow. There's a good trod from the shaft.
Nutrition better this year, just one Clif about halfway and a pack of bloks throughout. Based on last year, took 500ml. Probably drank 300. 3/4s and ls; wore coat until climb at 2 and then didn't put it back on again. Only carried one extra layer.
Splits vs last year
1. 13:09 vs 15:07
2. 6:40 vs 7:21
3. 10:58 vs 12:25
4. 12:04 vs 12:02 effect of wind!!
5. 9:44 vs 9:38 bit of a surprise; not pushing hard downhill clearly
6. 22:58 vs 25:52 strong up the hill, pleased with this
7. 16:33 vs 16:21 wind again, from side, being blown off the path!
8. 28:21 vs 28:26 wind on first half
9. 8:52 vs 9:30 good uphill again
10: 13:50 vs 14:26
11: 9:05 vs 10:13 uphill again
12: 16:59 vs 20:10 (got lost last year)
13: 11:09 vs 11:03 think this is just good both years
F: 8:58 vs 9:35 strong uphill finish
It seems like I've stayed pretty much the same downhill bit got better at uphill - this is excellent!! Quite happy with performance.