MTBO 3:59:55  72.0 km (3:20 / km) +870m 3:09 / km
4 hr Velogaine at Dutton, just N of Truro.
Paired with rookie Ina Schapiro (a 43yr old Danish woman married to cyclist Darren O'Grady). My bike credentials & experience are much better than hers, as she doesn't like single track; rock etc but she weighs 50kgs (possibly) and is a good runner. Did 52kms skyrun up Mt Buffalo and around in freezing conditions last week.
Only had an hour to plan, which was good as I hate it when everyone measures everything to the nth degree. Disappointingly some interesting tracks were OOB so the NW section had little route choice.
I decided to do all the controls to SE as there was a heavy concentration there. However going to C3 I stuffed up by going up a largely unmarked track & was slow to realise, so that costs 5+mins. I was feeling lethargic, with headache & temp (which ive had for days) so that didn't help things but I did come better after an hour.
We motored around quite well, with Ina slightly better up steep hills & me better elsewhere. After collecting all these I had intended a big loop to top of map & back via main rd largely. However Ina suggested maybe that was unfeasible & I wasn't sure, so we did a longish run back past the start to do a modified loop. Still didn't do as much as we hoped and then we abandoned a 50 pointer 2 kms from home as it required 500m each way in and out. Got back with 5 secs to spare. Should have gone the 50 pointer and maybe gained another 20 points by being only 3 mins late?! I had basically time-trialled most of the 2nd loop with Ina on my tail.
So my course planning & nav were a bit off costing us a win in open women, but the women who won were mightily pleased as they had been doing them for a few years now. Ina was a fantastic partner - mightily well organised and loves map reading, so we could map talk as we went.
A good day out under the circumstances.
Knee was about 80% ok riding but still unstable as hell off the bike.