Kuivannon kymppi. 7.5km on tarmac, 3.1km on gravel. Few 15m high hills.
As I wrote above, I had to re-think the goal for the race. 40min sounded so far fetched that I settled for 41min goal.
Running felt good at the start. Almost excelent. For a while I almost changed my goal to 40min. RaVa heavy dudes, jleh and aaanttol were in the same bunch for the first 4km. In the uphill, right before the gravel I made my first move to shake them off. Actually I did it also cause this one guy kept on cutting me off the road and once he spat me to my face. My small increase in speed did its job. Only one guy followed me from that quite big group.
The gravel part was slippery in many places. It was necessary to change lane all the time to get the best grip. After the mid-point I made a brief look back and realised it was aaanttol who made the sprint to follow me from that group.
The last part of the gravel was murder. The uphill took the juice out of me. Legs were like led and stomach cramped badly. Fortunately it was followed by a small downhill on a tarmac road. Legs went from led to nickel but stomach got worse. At some point I realised aaanttol was in trouble to follow me. This gave me bit of extra energy. I started the sprint to the finish way too early (at 10km post). 300m to finish and my legs weren't moving at all. There was so many people cheering that I didn't have the guts to crawl into the finish, I stayed in upright position.
4'40 off from last year's time so I should be pleased. But I'm not... Somewhere in the back of my head I was reaching for that 40min goal anyway and it was 5s/km away. Oh well, next year under 39min!
1 3:37 38:20
2 7:32 3:55 39:56
3 11:25 3:53 40:20
4 15:22 3:57 40:43
5 19:11 3:49 40:40
6 23:01 3:50 40:40
7 26:48 3:47 40:35
8 30:47 3:59 40:47
9 34:38 3:51 40:47
10 38:23 3:45 40:41
10.6 40:42 3:52 40:42