Running race 5:40:35  52.42 km (6:30 / km) +2726m 5:09 / km
Dunedin Three Peaks Plus One Race.
Great fun weekend - I had pretty much tapered for 2 weeks prior to this. The only thing being the Vernon Hill Champs the week before.
The race started very fast and I got caught up running way to fast with AL for the first 20km - at which stage we hit a big climb, by the time I got to the top at about 30km in I was really hurting and had to go pretty slowly to try recover and get more food on board! A couple of people passed me before I perked back up again and could start running again. I cramped a bit on the descent at 40km... and then just slogged along very slowly to the finish!
Next time I think I will set a heart rate limit for the first 1/3 of a big race - Im definitely going out to hard
Food wise - There was 4 aid stations where I ate some gellys and refueled on electrolytes. Towards the end of the race I couldn't drink any more electrolytes but was really craving more water. I used 4 GU gels - which really gave me a boost.
Used poles - ALOT!!!! They where very useful for saving my legs for alter in the race... still haven't come up with a great system for quickly getting them on and off my race vest.
Writing this on THursday ( 4 days after the race) and delighted that I didnt really suffer any DOMS.. I do have a sprained/swollen left ankle which has meant that I have had to go swiming/cycling this week instead of running