Running race 3:56:25  41.49 km (5:42 / km) +940m 5:07 / km
Big Easy Marathon - managed a sneeky 3rd mens and 1st old wanker
Greig likes a good self analysis.
Pretty minimal running since the Kepler 6 weeks prior, maybe 7. plenty of food and beer has seen weight increase. Did manage a couple of jaunts into the silverpeaks 3.5 & 5 hours with a couple of good hard downhills. The first weekend resulting in bad DOMS. Big is pretty much 10k rolling, 10k up and 20k DOWN and 2k grovel.
Casual 1pm start up at the snowfarm and no idea where the first 10k was going to go or how flat it would be (not flat). Usual sprint start but 500m in everything settled down. 1st time I've run Big Easy and looked around and not known a single person on the start line. Settled in just back from a couple of very lean looking runner types and Nancy Jiang who is a bit fast for me. THen one other shot past to join them. Bye
Waddled around the 1st 10k losing ground to the front 4 at a steady rate and keeping about 1-2 minutes ahead of a youngish looking bloke who was solid on the ups and an old looking dude who was solid on the downs, they kept swapping places. Held at a nice steady effort the whole time and only walked a couple of steeper ups.
10k - 50 minutes and given I couldn't see the front 4 figured I was at least 6 minutes down on them.
Joined the relay and 100k from here so was always chasing something down. Got worried through the early Kirtle Burn that I couldn't pass 100k runner who was smashing the uphills, eventually caught them to discover she was in the relay, walked and with them all the way to the top talking general stuff. They've entered Godzone, she's pretty bloody fit. Young guy behind me was slowly closing the gap which was expected given how shit I am uphill, plan was to just let that happen and hopefully run away on th e downs. Was more concerned about the older guy who was stronger on the downs and quite frankly given I was so far back of the top 4 (pretty much a 2km view uphill, no one in sight) I settled in for old wankers win and started racing him. Who cares if he knew that or not, same for the young guy.
Got to the high point just past Sally's Pinch/Mt Pisa in 2:09 (21km) with a 30s gap on the young guy and the old man blown to bits and nowhere to be seen. Loved the rough technical shit and scenery past Lake Mackay but for the 50 minutes across to the start of the steeper descent I just couldn't shake the young guy and was working pretty hard. Energy levels were good but quads were getting cooked.
The next 9k drops 1100m on pretty good grass track, managed to just let it roll down the hill unlike old ghost at the start of 2019. Young bloke finally cooked himself and not to be seen, I was doing a good job of cooking myself and worried about someone sneeking up on me which is exactly what I did to the bloke who'd shot past in the first km. Flew by him with 4k to go like he was standing still. Cos he was pretty much standing still. cooked as a goose in the 30 degrees.
Hit the last 2k and oops, legs don't work, shuffled along to the finish, stood in the stream and NO DOMS, jesus I'd forgotten how good an ice bath is. Idiot, alway bath in the river when it's available. Lesson learnt. 3:56 I think, fornicator ran 3:10? last year with a different 1st 10k I think.
So turns out winner is Hector Haines GB O rep.