Path/Terrain race 43:47 8.26 km (5:18 / km) +627m 3:50 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 280 (2016)
FRA Leg 4, Haries - 15th (8th/leg +2.5min)
Still quite tight from Thursday going into this but pumped with adrenaline by the time Trim and Fraser popped into the field with Baba's team alongside. Banter started and destroyed said team through the stream, which was followed by an instadrop to hide the evidence. Cheered Johnny in as I ran out and gave Will the finger before cruising out along the stream. Set my eyes on the hill after the gentle climb through the [very pretty] forest and began hacking away at it. Legs had absolutely no problem getting up for the first half and I went through another team but the second seemed to drag on a bit. I was getting cold in the mist and rain wearing nothing but my already soaked vest (Tam wore it for leg 2) but thankfully I heard the kazoo marking the turn around before long. Only lost a minute to the fastest time on this climb, very proud of that.
Noticed there was potentially another catch ahead as I neared the top so began nailing it in the hope that he was a poor descender. It turns out he was, looking at the splits now, but I would never find out because I accidentally left the path at a 90 degree bend and in my red-zoned state forgot which side of it I was. I guessed wrong and spent the next half/full km searching for it. Began to panic and stumble as I tried to guess where I was from my vague memory of the map and altimeter on my watch. Thankfully I soon rejoined half way down, put myself back in top gear and hit the last section hard. Felt my knees crumbling away, and knew there would be pain tomorrow. Had a glance back, totally fine, so just cruised into the field with a lot of support from the crowd, a very nice feeling. Top 15 not bad with a young Haries team, and nice to finally sort out a team with captain Leutch after a few years of quiet. Embarressed to have been lost on such a peasy leg but quite happy with the time all things considering. Best bit of the race though was the free food at the marquee.