Teering race (NSW Champs) 1:26:21 7.51 km (11:30 / km) +198m10:09 / km ahr:133 max:162 shoes: Inov8 XTalon 212 green
A shambles. On reflection and with the help of Winsplits and Livelox there were quite a few positives from the event. Yes, I blew a winning lead right near the end, but overall I was navigating quite well and my mistakes could be put down to idiosyncratic mapping, particularly of boulder sizes. I'm really happy with my split to 7; fastest on the course by a big margin. This was after I caught David P at 6; he had passed me at 4 (I had gone up the wrong gully) and had a 4 minute lead on me by then. But I overhauled him the start interval 2 minutes by 6 and gained a further 3:30 on no. 7 to go back into the lead in M60. I attacked 7 head on and ran fast if a little bit blindly, but it paid off. Where the wheels fell off big time were trying to read and understand the map at 8 and 10. At 8 I got to where I wanted at the top of the ridge near the control, but could not make sense of the map. I had been behind Mace and she discombobulated me by running down the large gully from there - it was larger than I thought it would be and seemed to go in the wrong direction. So I walked over to the big open nearby which I thought was on the map (it was) but again could not be sure - the bare rocks and boulders didn't seem to line up. Had to ask Milo and he confirmed it was the massive open that I thought it was and kindly led me into the control. I was a bit lucky at 9 and still in the lead, but 10 got me. Livelox says I passed within a boulder width, less than 10m, of the flag on my first approach but didn't see the flag. Spent another 4:30 checking out mappable boulders to the NW. Saw Dave P leave 10 in front of me but had another great leg to 11 and recovered 1:20 of the 2 minute start gap but the finish came up too soon. Apart from 4, 8 and 10 I was quicker than Geoff L. on this course, so that's pretty good. R calf seized up at 10, but ignored it.
Physio, pretty cruel. New exercises 3x10: scooters, pelvic lifts, hamstring curls The issue appears to be unstable hips / knee, so extra pressure is put on calf and eventually it says enough. Knee collapses inwards, so need glute and VMO strength - which is what I was doing regular pilates for until March 2020.
Teering48:46 5.29 km (9:13 / km) +117m8:18 / km ahr:138 max:165 shoes: Inov8 XTalon 212 green
Gumble Pinnacles, M65, 2nd. Better but still very scrappy in the green; lost a bit of time on most of the forest controls.
I really need a visit to Versailles. So I lost 21:40 in mistakes over the three days; the other contenders in my class lost less than 10 (except for Jeff who lost over 32 minutes). That's a really big head start to give away. The rot started on Day 1. Had I managed to avoid the stupid careless 45 second mistakes at either 6 or 7 I would have caught Ted 6 minutes at no. 9 and that would have been enough (Ted won overall and I was 4:37 down in 4th).
Running better too - 2 nurofen this time and the R calf, although sore all the time, didn't really restrict me. Not striding out though, even in the open.