Arthur's seat mass start.
Gave a debut to my full red and blue matching outfit - I was right in thinking the elastic wasn't strong enough for the trousers which meant a few times I had to pull them up.
Didn't go into the race with much of a plan because I was feeling quite tired and was worried about my calf which was still hurting a bit but much better. But then we started and I may have false started by half a second. Then I was like AAAAHHHHH IM GONNA DO IT, IM GONNA DO IT IM DOING IT AAAHHHHHH and I went into the lead. Was too low to number 1 so only managed to punch second. Then I got back in the lead again but I was focusing too much on getting in the lead rather than looking at my map and didn't go the best way to 2. After that I felt tired and didn't fancy the idea of running that fast for another hour so started walking anything up hill. Got overtaken by half of duoc on the long leg and then met Luke at the first butterfly legs. We went up to the controls on the top bit of the hill together and then I prepared him for what was the only important thing left in the race. The downhill leg. I prepped by seeing my line and taking a bearing before punching my control and setting off. After about 10 seconds I took a big tumble, I remember falling over forward and hearing a bit of a crunch falling on my right hand but immediately got back up again. Luke said I bounced when I fell. After checking my compass was in tact I carried on thinking I was just running on adrenaline and wasn't feeling the pain, but the day after I still don't feel anything so I must have been a bit lucky. Unfortunately for me the control was another 200m on from the bottom of the hill and I couldn't be bothered to push the running for this so didn't manage fastest split. After this my calf gradually went worse and worse so I just walked around the second butterfly loops. I then decided that whilst I could finish, I didn't want to go uphill and get cold and wet (the weather had got worse) so sacked it off and walked round the road just like two years before.
Good fun watching and running with the duoc people but I probably should have had an easier day on Saturday if I wanted to have a competitive run today.
At least I managed to stay within 26.6km this week, 29.3km nexthttps://www.euoc.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#34&rou...