rogaine race 11:52:00  43.7 km (16:18 / km) +750m 15:00 / km
Got a good feed of curry (excellent) and spag bol (ordinary, and kept repeating), and a big cup of tea and decided to tear ourselves away from the fire and keep going. Back out at 3am. We'd cut our morning plan back to ~25km straight line. There was ice on everything by then so the puffy jackets stayed on!
Got the first few at the bottom of the hills ok, but then got very confused in a complex creek system (which I don't think is mapped quite right looking at the sat imagery), but found it eventually. it had been so slow getting there it seemed like a waste to give up without having a proper look around. A bit of a mystery tour crossing some creeks then which were all massive but hard to know which ones were mapped or not, but picked up the controls ok. Kate was a bit of a zombie for a while then, but I fed her some no doze and she perked up. I'd had a black ice coffee and some no doze and was buzzing through the early hours.
It got light about 7 and we ditched the lights and puffys. the morning section was in the area where the third day of easter had been. getting in and out of the creeks was a bit harder than I'd remembered. made anther dumb parallel error here too, but it was on the way to the control so not a massive time loss. Then got on the wrong little spur, so another few minutes. from there we were heading back, and despite the mistakes we were going pretty well, so added an extra loop of controls to our plan.
The controls on the way back were mostly pretty clean. Lost a bit in some braided creek channels on 93. We were just very tired and slowing down a lot. Kate's knee was sore and my feet were stuffed. I really faded in the last hour and was just following Kate around. Realised we might be cutting it fine so tried to get going for the last bit in along the track. even tried to jog a bit but then another blister popped which hurt too much. Fine in the end and got in with a few minutes to spare.
I figured we'd given it a decent crack, but I didn't know how many points we'd got, so it was a nice surprise to find we'd won the open womens.
Very glad we made the effort to go to SA to do it. The terrain and course definitely lived up to expectations. Best bits were the moon rise, walking along tracks in the moonlight, a couple of stumpy tail skinks, and when we nailed the nav on some very tricky controls in the dark. Also very excellent first rogaine with Kate - very evenly paced and she did a good job of backup navigator and we went the whole way with no grumping!
The cold was challenging but we took enough gear and it was mostly ok. I think overall I'd take that over hot days, but it would have sucked if you'd not had enough warm clothes.
I was pretty happy with my gear. I got some new salomons for the race that had a bit wider for more toe box space. I didn't get my usual squish toe blisters, but I got a lot around where I'd taped under my heal, and on the edge of the tape under the ball of my foot. still a work in progress.
I got very foot-sore which I think is just because I haven't spent much time on my feet recently. been a long time since I've run more than a couple of times per week. No other muscle pain or joint issues, and no cramping. I was expecting to have calf issues but taped them and wore compression socks and they were fine.
DOMS has been less than expected, but maybe that's just relative to how much my feet hurt. Still haven't been brave enough to pop the mega blister on my heel, but its going to have to happen so I can put proper shoes on.