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Training Log Archive: andrews

In the 1 days ending Nov 13, 2021:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Running1 1:02:16 6.38(9:46) 10.27(6:04) 671199.3
  Total1 1:02:16 6.38(9:46) 10.27(6:04) 671199.3

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Saturday Nov 13, 2021 #

11 AM

Running 9:46 [3] 1.39 km (7:02 / km) +65m 5:42 / km

Running 45:59 [3] 7.87 km (5:51 / km) +581m 4:16 / km

Dunnerdale fell race - 22/294, 45:59 +5:24 (2nd men's team with Paul and John H). Great day, perfect Autumn lake district weather, blue skies, still and fresh. I was planning to take the first couple of climbs easy enough, so I could push on the second half, this was going well until I very quickly went from feeling in control, to jelly legs (about 20 minutes in) rest of the race was spent getting as much out of my legs as I could. The first descent at halfway was good, made up some places. Then lost a lot on the next climb to checkpoint 3. I decided to take an aggressive straight line line off from here which was rockier than the orienteering map indicated, not the correct decision, I lost time on this as well. I limited my time losses on the flat before 4, and punched in with a deficit of between 42s and 22s to three people I wanted to catch, awarding myself a bronze for one overtake, silver for two and gold for three. I immediately then fell nearly head over heels and onto/beside some rocks off the summit, but avoided hitting my head which was an achievement - tired legs meant I hadn't picked my feet up enought.

I gave myself a few seconds to decide whether I wanted to still race, I did, so cracked on. Got the overtake of Elsie and Jack on the first section, and then held off a surge from Jack on the slight rise. I caught up John in the final bit of technical descent in the woods, but couldn't overtake as there was another person in front, and no room, slightly frustrating as I may have managed fastest split of the day otherwise. Got ahead of John immediately out of the woods, and paced an all out effort to the finish, expecting him to be right behind me. I glanced around at one point and someone was right on my tail, so I didn't let up. Turns out it was someone else and I had binned John a bit earlier, so was much more comfortable than I had realised.

John later had the cheek to ask if I was trying when walking the uphills, I WAS! But it's a good point, I really need to work on hill strength as a priority. Downhills are fine, flat is fine, rough is fine, but uphills I struggle more.

Pie (free) and pint afterwards was great. An hour after the race I felt pretty rough and shattered. Not fully over the cold I don't think.

Running 6:31 [3] 1.01 km (6:28 / km) +25m 5:44 / km

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