Running 2:32:23  13.97 km (10:54 / km) +680m 8:46 / km
Demolish Adventurethon weekend - Enduro - Run - The Gorge, Clarence River.
So this run was only meant to be 11km... Also, this was not a trail run, it was an adventure run. This meant that the only trails that were there to follow were streamers and the occasional cow track.
By the time we finished preso at Bom Bom, got in the car and drove here, we only had about 15min to get ready. It was about 30 degrees, little shade, no wind and the hour car ride in the air con & ice cream did little to cool me down.
I got to the 3km mark and started getting goose bumps and my vision started to go funny and my ears went funny and i knew that this would end badly if i didn't do something soon. So i started walking, got a gel and some water into me, and just sat behind a few guys that were doing a walk / jog pattern.
At the 7km mark i had a river crossing, and boy was it welcome! So nice and cool. I got to the other side and dunked myself under just to further cool off.
Then it was a scramble across big river rocks for a few minutes before having to straddle some rocks through some waist height fast moving water.
Along a bit more with some more rocking-hopping, and then there was another river crossing. The water here was a bit more fast-flowing than previously. I ended up letting go of the rope too early, couldn't get up the rocks as there wasn't much of a lip and it was all slippery, so had to push back out into the water to grab the rope again and use it to pull myself up.
Once up, i started rock hopping again. These rocks were big though, with some pretty big gaps between the jumps and some pretty treacherous consequences if you fell or slipped. The guys that i had stuck behind before the first river crossing caught back up to me at this point, so that was comforting. In the end it was handy as one of them helped me up a particularly tall section that i would have been stuck at for a bit while i figured out how to get up.
Then we got to another river crossing with very fast-flowing water. So much so that we had to trek up stream for a bit and then breastroke across so that we would eventually hit the opposite bank. Bit of an all body workout at that point. Could definitely feel the fatigue after that.
Once across, there were some more rocks for a while until we hit the paddocks again. Lost the streamers for a bit at the end but soon found them. Apparently quite a few people lost the streamers and so just followed the cow tracks until they cut through the bush, following the music.
I ended up cramping in the last 50m. Steveo was worse off though and cramped very badly n his calves.
Walked away with bronze - this one had 4 girls in the race!