Hong Kong Squad Training - Ngau Liu
Course A: 6.4km, 18c. (1:7500, 5m)
~28c, 80%, partly cloudy.
The HK Squad kindly let me tag along for its technical training on the Ngau Liu map (site of 2006 HK Middle Distance Champs during the APOC week). As the weather was pleasant and it being a Sunday, lots of hikers/walkers were out. There also was some sort of mtb race happening in the vicinity, maybe in the Tai Po Shan area?
We started at the Tsuen Kam Pass campsite. Course was about the equivalent length as Red. Climb was, um, a lot! Slopes were steep like Bay Area, but ground was hard and dry. Footing was loose at time. I started out conservative - staying longer on trail/road and climb extra to get a better feel for the map. Didn't have too much trouble with the navigation, just physically unable to keep a decent pace on the slopes. Chased/scared away a herd of cows (or water buffaloes?) at #5. Stopped to take a couple pictures on the way to #7. Didn't have the best route to #10. Then, the heat and humidity caught out to me and I started slowing down and making mistakes. A minor bobble at #11 and #14, and a major one at #15. I was contouring along, but about half way through my eyes switched focus to the circle of #17, which was positioned right on line between #14 & #15. It took quite a few minutes of confusion before I eventually figured out where I was and what happened.
#2 was misplaced a contour too high on an unmapped earthbank. Aby, who started 4min ahead, and a couple others attacked from below and didn't find the flag. I attacked from the top and passed the unmapped earthbank on the way down, so I caught up to Aby then. After that, we kept seeing each other on and off, as I stayed just ahead of him until #11. With my late mistakes, he finished about 1min faster.
I was drenched in sweat, covered with spider webs, and had mosquitos circling around my head! It was good that I ran with a camelbak, and sprayed myself with Deet beforehand. L-calf/achilles was sore afterwards, but not too bad.
without map. If I have time, I'll put up the quickroute file later.