Rogaine race 12:20:00  *** 42.0 km (17:37 / km)
shoes: Salomon XT Wings
First mixed rogaine for me teaming up with Paul and Shane with a last minute call up. Settled on a 45km course to take us up to midnight leaving one section clear for the morning. Was trusted with the control card which completely terrified me, had nasty visions of losing the card after 17.5 hrs on the course! Set off and found pace quite good, biggest difference I noticed was the boys ability to nav on the go and pretty much just nav on contours and not have to follow a bearing. Ran down the odd track but pretty much just kept a good walking pace through the bush. Couple of nice hills which found me out a touch, so more hill training require before NZ. Once dark spent most of our time on bearing, but still hit most controls with ease, while I spent most of my time staring at Paul or Shane's feet in front of me. Boys decided to take an extra dip in the river at one point thinking two river crossings in 10 metres was not enough. Rain was pretty constant after dark but a change into thermal, jacket and beanie was enough to keep me warm. Cut off a couple of controls towards the end as had a couple of thick bush controls which slowed us down a touch. Kept pretty well on top of my nutrition and water intake, only issue seemed to be my socks were too thick so when they got wet my toes were squished and started blistering up. Got back to hash & had a quick warm up next to the fire and veg curry and hit the mat before alarm was set to go off in 4.5 hrs.