Definitely practice for next weekend but pressure to race increased with a few raiders down from Leinster.
Started ok, 2 was a bit messy, but not much time lost. 3 was then a long slog uphill on the road, and then I wasn't that smart in the circle.
Downhill on the track by the open was interesting as there were 2 single wire fences running across the track. I saw them but it's possible Killian may not have seen one so that one was a bit lower when I crossed it!
Caught Conall at 4. So from then on it became easier in one sense but also more pressure physically. Having another body definitely helped with some controls as they were hidden by the rhododendron. Both overshot 5 down the hill, I did see the knoll to my left but didn't see the control. Found it climbing back up the hill.
10 was tough to get at. And then I missed 11 so had to chase down the hill but Conall missed the bridge over the river so I saw him below me as I ran across. But then he got to 12 ahead of me, I was a bit to the left.
Chasing him again up the hill to 14. Didn't see him cut in. Think I was lucky here, thought I was too high, cut in and met the 2nd gully, and control was then only slightly lower than I was. Though Conall was ahead so pushed it down the hill and along the road. Somehow direction wasn't good for 17 either at the end.
A few hard/lucky falls in the rhododendron. Took a few bruises home with me. Right calf wasn't feeling great in the car driving home. Iced it and stretched it. Feeling better before bed. Need to watch it.