MTB warm up/down (road ride) 3:20:00  30.0 km (9.0 kph)
shoes: Maxxis Larsen TT (Tyers)
just a warm up ride from dunsborough, along the coast to meelup then eagle bay watching the paddlers. The conditions were such that i was only matching their pace on the bike!
At eagle bay I got lost and couldn't find the track to bunker bay. Is there one? So I changed plan and headed to sugarloaf rock to see our runner make the jump. The scene at the rock was great, a stream of people running down the beach in the distance. It was magic!
The runner came through, I gave them some water and then headed for the run/bike TA. The hill out of sugarloaf rock was tough and when the roadie went by me I seemed to be able to try that little bit harder to keep him in check.
The traffic jam on geographe bay road was fun though. I went down the middle and passed all the cars saying hello to a few startled friends on the way. I arrived at the TA, warmed up and ready to go. I did a few quick stretches. downed a gel and then my runner arrived....
MTB race 1:12:13  22.0 km (18.3 kph)
ahr:179 max:190 shoes: Maxxis Larsen TT (Tyers)
Yes ricky, I did actually race ;-) !!
The runner finished in a respectable 1:48. Very respectable considering he runs mainly on the treadmill! The change over was very smooth and I sprinted out of the transition area with my bike. I even managed to get on the bike while running without permantly affecting my future parenting options.
The creek crossings were tough, especially less than 100m into the stage. The water was black and you knew the mud underneath had troughs in it somewhere. I feather the brakes for the first one and made it through with just a wobble. I had someone in front of me for the second and third so their wake let me see what was underneath and I hammered through those. The last one was so long that I got soaked. And so deep that as soon as I started pedaling I felt all the little grits of sand getting crushed by my formely clean chain.
The paddocks of dead grass and sand were mentally challenging. I think I passed the vet that broke his chain and ran the course when I was on the paddocks. There was one particular paddock that had a winding fast track on it sightly down hill. In top gear, hammering along, the tyres twitching out of line here and there. That was awesome, what a rush.
Once the single track started I started to pull in a whole heap of competitors. Catch up to them on the sinlge track and them blast by on the firetracks. But at 18k's I started to fade a bit. Too much lactic in the legs and it wasn't going away. I struggled up the hills but luckily there weren't too many of them at that stage so it didn't cost me much.
Going down one of the fire break trails, I managed 55kph and to scare the hell out of a competitor. He was behind a tree changing his tyre. I was hammering downhill, lining up to go as close to the tree as possible to get a good turn in for the next corner. I see him, he doesn't see me, then I hear "F***". My tyres must have thrown up a rock or something, hehe.
Other than that, no dramas!