2019 Older Dash Blue Saturday
7.1 km (10:07 / km) +380m 7:59 / kmMapRoute Gadget
Second day! The game plan was as follows. Push any flat section with speed as yesterday there not many sections were you could push the pace. Also push the climb a bit as this is where most of the energy is used up. Final thing was to go around when needed as the general white, much less the green, was quite slow. So the plan was quite good, the problem is I didn't always follow it. Let's start! No problems in the beginning, mostly me just not being able to climb the hills as fast as others, until a very major problem at #4. This control was a very painful mistake. First off, why I decided to cut through the forest and not follow the trail around, great question! But not only was the route choice bad, the execution was awful. I went down the side of the wrong hill and ended up looking for #4 there. There was a ton of rocks and cliff like features here as well that were not on the map, that did not help my confusion. I also ran into a thin wired fence here at a pretty sizable speed which left quite the mark on my quad which did not help the mood. Thankfully what saved me here was spotting the rock wall and knowing exactly I was from there. Lost 3 minutes here, which is not the recommended start to any course. I kicked myself a little bit, but if I wanted to win I had to concentrate on having a clean race from here on, and use the mistake as motivation to push more. The next few controls were all uphill, so I pushed as I could but still could not do them as fast as the other runners. Reaching #8 it was finally flat, so the time to speed up came. Lost a little time on #11 where I either should have gone more around, or gone more straight, but instead did a mixture of the two route choices. Not much time, 20ish seconds. Now the course was mostly downhill so time to run! Really happy with #13, almost a minute faster than anyone else :D. Hit 2:30 min/km going down the hill here. #14 was a bit brutal since you had to climb and wade through tall grass here, but somehow I ended up winning this split, really pushing here I guess. Very slight mess up at #15 where I wasn't super sure where I was entering and slowed down to check (10 seconds of hesitation), and then an all out sprint to the end!
Other than one blow up, I had a much cleaner race than yesterday! Very few minor mistakes means not much time lost on simple things. Of course this is a little overshadowed by a looming 3 minute mistake on one control, but I am also happy on how I focused on the rest of the race despite such an error. Overall lost about 3:30 minutes of mistakes, so about the same as yesterday. Again, when comparing to others, I lost a significant chunk of time from the initial climb of the course. Really need to work on those mountain legs so I think that will be the focus for the time being. Speed on flat sections and downhills are in much better shape. Next big race is midatlantic's so I am taking all offers to clubs that want a runner ;)