Rogaining race (Mock Around the Clock) 11:52:33  ** 78.55 km (9:04 / km) +1547m 8:15 / km
spiked:59/64c shoes: Salomon XA Pro black
Autumn 12hr rogaine with Dave. We were pretty confident of winning this event and being 75% farmland the only question was how far could we go. I don't know exactly how far we planned in the end (straight line) since my measuring wheel said 77km initially but that was before we added in two controls on course and the GPS distance is only ever so slightly more than that so it's highly unlikely that was the straight line distance. Probably closer to 70km. Can't check it now because even though I wrote all the straight line distances on my map, I went and left it at the rego desk after the event.
I had issues very early on (about an hour in) when I realised the sole of my left shoe was parting ways with the rest of the shoe. I figured I'd see how it held up but after three hours it was clear it wasn't going to survive the distance. We looked at a couple of options for holding it on but in the end, I had to borrow one of Dave's sock protector gaiters that had a strap running under the shoe so that held it on nicely, thanks Dave! Thankfully the front of the sole was firmly attached and it was only the sides and rear that were coming off otherwise it would have still been a disaster. Shoes have now been retired after many years (I only remembered I had them before the last six hour rogaine and wore them there without issue).
Dave's a bit of a machine. There were several times at night I wasn't 100% confident that we were going in the right direction but I followed along and sure enough we tended to hit the controls near enough to dead on. We only suffered time losses or misdirections on a very few controls (can't rightly say at this point how many we "spiked" but if I get a copy of our map I can update it later).
At the 9hr mark just as we were passing through the Wandering townsite for the tavern control, we ran on the road for a bit then had to scramble our way through a gravel quarry to locate a control on a water tank and my legs gave up the ghost on the way so I figured I was probably done for but I ate a muesli bar and picked up after that. Still had great plans to dissuade Dave from collecting our final two controls though (which would take us past the HH on a big out and back) but by the time we got there, I was feeling a lot better (after another bar) so never brought it up. Besides, our original course only had us collecting 3970 points and the two we added early on took us over 4000 so to drop the final two, although it would have got us in early (and maybe got me a bit more rice since they ran out when I had my dinner), it would have dropped us below the magic number. Won the event by 770 points and 20km over second place. Really nice and fast terrain for the most part. We managed most of the farmland legs and even some of the bush legs at better than 10min/km pace. Got caught in some thick stuff in the bush at times and some yucky spiky reeds that were yucky and spiky.
The next event in June has been reassigned as the state champs (rather than August as was the original date due to lack of setters, which I definitely wouldn't have been here for) so have to decide whether to do that or a 60km PMBC race on the same weekend. Given it's only a few days before I fly out to Europe, the MTB race will be a lot more beneficial (and far less painful) for me but it would be nice to do a SC and a 24hr once more since as I type this one day after the event, I seem to have already forgotten how sore rogaining makes me.
It's slightly scary that next week's ultra-long is 1/3 of the distance we covered on this event but has 70% of the climb.