JK Relay - 3rd leg for 3ROC.
Came 12th on the leg, with the team finishing 12th also.
Ger said he was tired, but got round 1st leg alright to keep us in contention with the other Irish just under 4mins down on Darren (CorkO) and Conor (CNOC).
Eoin then ran a stormer with 5th fastest leg time to pull back a bit over a minute of that defecit on CNOC, and put me out just in front of CorkO.
So, I knew c.hill had at least 2mins on me, and Shane Lynch would be just behind me.
Started out pretty hard to number 1 taking the right hand route with and felt good. Just as I got up to the path I saw Peter Bray fly past on it, so he'd clearly just past me. Would have been nice to have sat in behind but he was moving too well for me. Got the next few fine but was really feeling yesterday in my legs on these uphills. Got up near the higher end, and saw Marcus coming up just behind me, he'd taken a minute out of me already. He got the better of me when I took a bad line out of 5 and had to cut back to 6.
Different routes on the longer one to 8 seemed to even out as I went right, the whole way around, and he went left, maybe gained a small bit, but had a different gaffle too. He made a brief error though and I got to go in front again, with him and another FVO man behind me. Grand for these easy ones, but when we hit the tough heather, Marcus pulled out some fresh legs that I didn't have and cruised away from me. Down through the marsh out of 11 I was gaining but hit a small swamp and lost all momentum. When I hit the track again my legs and trousers were heavy with water and I couldn't keep up with them.
Battled through the last 2km, and unfortunately no sight of c.hill, but thankfully no news from Shane Lynch either. Was able to cruise the last few a little.
Passed 1 guy without realising, and lost 1 spot to Peter Bray so evened out and lost no spots over the leg (Marcus was running 120+ and the other FVO lad had a team-mate MP).
Solid performance from the team, but always a disappointment to lose to CNOC. Little things to look into, looks like today swapping Eoin and Ger might have made the difference. But we'll re-evaluate and tactic up before IOC.
Still, despite tiredness, ended up only 2 and a small bit mins down on the Irish first leg runners (and I think it makes a difference?), and managed to pull back 25s on c.hill, and get a few mins on boyzone. So maybe with fresher legs we could have something good for IOC.
For me though a trickier area would be nice.