FRA Relays - 1st Leg
Big question mark over this as to whether the legs were fixed from last week. Didn't feel great warming up, and didn't feel as light as Wednesday on the initial climbs but energy to get up the hill was there. Started a little reserved before sticking into 2nd leaving the fields. Chris Arthur (Keswick) came past, didn't know the face to the name but he was clearly on a mission, and a little bit too fast for me so floated off the front. Eventually overtook 2nd just as things were getting quite steep. Did well in scrambly and powerwalking sections so perhaps gained a bit before the top, but 40s off Chris at this point.
Descent started well but the clag was so thick I was looking for flags rather than my feet. Felt like I could have committed more (especially if I had my VJs on) but equally was quite a comfortable pace, plus knowing there was some climb/flat still to come. Really enjoying things by now, and eventually popped out the fog still on path. Saw Spongey and asked him what the gap was, as he counted "18, 19, 20". Couldn't believe this at first but soon occurred to me I was only seeing about 10s in to the future. Popped through the wall and Chris was just ahead, noticeably a little bit slower than me.
Closed a bit more before the final climb and then really dug into the reserves up a bit of a wall. Felt good going back along the traverse and was hoping I could catch him on the last steep descent. Think he committed a bit more though and a bit of premature sprinting was required to catch him. Fun sprint finish, form felt like it was out the window and probably didn't look too attractive but finished as an apparent dead heat. Although Chris punched before me, they edited the results to make it a tie which I'm quite chuffed about. Glad to get through in one piece and very proud of the team to bash out another very good result, 4th this year in arguably a tougher field than last year. Felt like a bit of a punter asking commentator Sellwyn what Chris's name was, but it was nice being a bit of a dark horse and he asked me the same thing back anyway ;-)
Results - http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2018/BritishFe...
Finish Video - https://www.instagram.com/p/BpKuQHbHR9WhtcJshzFsu_...