Flat Paddle warm up/down (and around) 1:00:10  5.53 km (10:53 / km)
ahr:92 max:112 shoes: Epic V10
paddle up to the start, then around, then cool down around the island. Cool down involved a very skillful mid-water transfer onto Andre's XT whilst he hopped in the V10, and the doubters said it would end in tears.....
Flat Paddle race (4:43 Challenge) 21:08  4.04 km (5:14 / km)
ahr:160 max:171 shoes: Epic V10
Dangers 4:43 challenge with tRicky and Andre as fellow challengers. Record was always in doubt and the no show of Tapering Tooms made it that bit more unlikely. Late minute change to a handicap start made it more challenging, Andre got a bit dudded by the times but otherwise they were close. I think it made me go faster.
I got to watch all the other guys leave and then chase them down, Andre was pretty much in sight from the start with Danger another minute ahead. I think I got Andre at about the 1.5km mark, sat in his wash for a drink and rest then went for a bit of mental disintegration with a speedy overtake. I may have heard the mellow man curse!
Kept chasing down Danger whilst tRicky was ahead, on a wide bit tRicky hugged the correct line whilst Danger took the short way on the other side, I of course followed Danger and got past tRicky while he was on the other side of the river. Towards the end I was catching up to Danger when I recognised Sandy beach and the last bend. Danger started to fox at this point and was resting up for a sprint to the finish, Just managed to break him on the pass and kept the pace up to the finish. Found a new max paddling heart rate in the process.
Race was followed by some excellent sausages courtesy of the Dangerman. Very tasty.
Times from my watch
Name Handicap Time Race Time Pace
tRicky Scratch 28:16 28:16 7:00
Danger 3 min 26:35 23:35 5:50
Andre 4 min 27:58 23:58 5:56
Jason 5 min 26:09 21:08 5:14
4:43? not even close.
Flat Paddle long (long) 1:08:25  10.52 km (6:30 / km)
ahr:127 max:141 shoes: Epic V10
After lunch paddle to make up the time. from ascot down through the canals and back again. fairly uneventful, not one boat came past to catch a lift off.
Trek long (Long) 2:50:45  18.78 km (9:06 / km) +597m 7:51 / km
ahr:107 max:160 shoes: Brooks Trance
A bit shorter than intended due to poor time management, a bit longer than planned due to geographical embarrasment.
Went for a walk out through to Beeloo loop, saw a path of to the churchmans brook climing wall that I will check out when I get time.
Walked up to the start of the loop, tried to do the kangaroo trail but realised after a while that I had missed a turn and was heading in the wrong direction, was still seeing lots of kangaroos though. Backtracked till I found a path that was heading in the right direction and followed it up to the right trail.
Knee was a bit sensitive today, only ran in 5-6 min sections and not that many of those. Shoes also felt a bit tight in the heat and with the amount of downhill walking my toes were cramped. but larger shoes are looser on the heel which started all these problems.