UCC - Sprint
Took a second or 2 extra to the 1st control than I needed, then took off around the Boole to get to the 2nd control. Was looking for a route to 3, and went right. Past the student centre to 4, round the back. Went down the steps and right to 5. Then back up the same steps to 6. I think 6 was at the Glucksman Gallery but I didn't get a chance to notice it!
7 was behind the Geography building, nice. Then back up around the student centre, past the Quad and then around to 8. Went down the hill to 9 before coming back up, missed the way in so lost a few seconds here. 10 was ok and so was 11. Went north and around to 12, best route as it was at the bottom of the wall. Leaving 12 I turned in too early, so had to correct myself and maybe lost 20 seconds or so. Then a long run downhill to 14. Course was good, starting up high and finishing low.
Got the loop around Castlewhite ok. Then to the timed crossing. Got across the road quickly so jogged for a bit to recover. Was hoping to see part 2 before starting again but the planner was too smart for that.
Hadn't been in Fitzgerald Park for decades, last time I was probably playing on the swings. Went through the arch to the common control but realised that there was a flower bed in the way so had to go around. 20 looked a nice handy jump up if only it wasn't mapped as uncrossable. Lost a few seconds finding the way into 23. And as I ran down the path to 24 I was hoping the control wasn't on the other side of the hedge, should have realised the description was a thicket. The back around to the common control. Looking at the map now I should have turned back on myself but didn't, so a few seconds lost i'd say. Went left to 27. Then left of the Arena. 28 was on the ground when I got there. Then the run around to the throwing cage and buried myself on the run-in, so did Hellsac since we'd the joint fastest split.
Since my WOC feeling has been leaning towards Sprint since Turkey I was hoping for a good result today to re-inforce my thinking on the matter. When I last raced Colm in the north last August I really was off the pace, but happy that i'd the speed today to win and by a decent margin. My avg HR is still only 172, and for a race like this i'd prefer if it was higher. Will try for a higher intensity on Friday at the JK.
Had a nice number of fastest splits, and on others I was very close to being fastest. Definitely time lost out there though.