Teering race (AUS Champs ) 50:01 5.57 km (8:59 / km) +111m 8:10 / km
ahr:154 max:172 shoes: VJ Bold Super 10R
All this time I've been doing it wrong. What I needed to do was get injured, in both legs, and do no running training for 3 months.
Amiens, Passchendaele State Forest (QLD). Long, M60, 1st. 24 years, 19 starts, 6 not good enough, 5 injuries, 4 podiums, 3 colds, 2 stuff ups very near the finish and finally a win.
Was lost 200m after the start, could not make the bare rock I was on fit the map. So just got on the compass, and started to pick things up near the circle. Took a bit of bumbling to find it as it was tucked in. Terrible route to 2, got caught on the wrong side of the ridge. Better to 3 and good to 4 where I took the lead for the first time. 5 was a short leg and my worst mistake - lost my direction when the slope changed and I just went straight down. Hit the track and recovered (-1 minute). Back to third now behind Paul and Ted. Very good to 6 and especially 7. Paul's broken glasses puts him 1:40 down now and I keep that cushion to the end. 8 is another blunder. Didn't recognise a rock line as I passed over it, so climbed unnecessarily. Had spotted the likely rocks as I passed by, so when it didn't look right up there I ran back down (-1:30). However, Ted has now grabbed the lead. Running well again to 9 and nailed it, giving me a minute buffer, good to 10 and 11, jogged in.
L knee was taped and fine. R achilles was OK - some pain after halfway but no impediment.