Mountain Bike race 3:34:45  55.3 km (3:53 / km) +1205m 3:30 / km
Wye Valley MTBO, 3.5 hour Score.
Such a beautiful day (despite being 5 degrees when leaving home), would have lovely to have been in the high mountains somewhere, but this wasn't a bad alternative. Even after yesterdays deluge the trails were in good condition and it the area was good.
Decent route choice, but lost significant time in three places: 6.5 minutes when one was in the wrong place (on the wrong junction, very frustrating), 3.5 minutes looking for one that was 'under the bridge' (why? partly my fault as I overshot as I couldn't find it initially) and 3 minutes when I adjusted my plan and had to retrace my steps.
I'm getting used to dogs, squirrels etc running out in front of me when cycling, but today it was a horse, when I was going downhill at speed on a good track. The guy behind though I was going to be taken out but we (the horse and I) somehow managed to avoid each other.
Big push up from the river to Trellech at the end to get back just under 5 minutes late (5 penalty points, but worth it when the minimum control value was 10) to second, 11 points behind. Enjoyed it much more than I was expecting and didn't feel tired at any point.