Rogaining race (Metrogaine) 5:56:12  47.52 km (7:30 / km) +1447m 6:30 / km
shoes: Salomon S/Lab Sense 7 SG
The Spring Balance with Mat. Had an ambitious route planned that I still believe I could've pulled off. Went NW first and on first climb to 50 I could tell Mat was struggling. Walk a few road hills and was generally 100m+ in front. I was fine with that, felt like a solo effort and got the enjoy Victory Track which was surprisingly more beautiful than I expected. We were going slower than planned but still on track for a 1500 score. Climb to Martins Lookout hurt Mat and I waited 5mins+ at top, probs lost 30min in running time altogether. He looked wrecked and to be fair had been to doing a lot lately and I am a bit quicker. Was probably a little tough on him with the pace but I was only running around 120-140 hr. He walked back to HH which suited me as I wanted a proper day out of it and DQ meant nothing to me. Fun descent to 27 and got dehydrated to 100 (great view). Hot scratchy slog to 30 (Lost World Lookout, very nice) and along to 81 (view). Had a caffiene strip here which has been working phenomenal lately and still buzzing at 8pm writing this haha
Track from 39-46 was closed and stuffed chance of getting 55. Ended up gaining some time back but not enough to run back to Springwood so caught train from Blaxland to Valley Heights and got some points to finish running 4.30's on flat comfortabke at finish. Ended up on 1200 points, top score 1120, not that I'm concerned about that as only got out of 2nd gear 60% a couple of times and felt fresh at end. Happy to explore more of this area and loved the event, except maybe 10km too long for a 6hr (110 wtf). Want to do 12hr Autumngaine in May near Lithgow.