|Run in this direction|
Standing at the start line there was weird kind of relaxed excitement in the air. Looking around I could see this was not the usual group of people that you find at races...these guys were serious. Everyone looked fit and ready for the challenge, these were not runners keen to go offroad, these were trail runners keen to run in the sky (some even after smashing 15 beers the night before). As a relative newcomer to trail running, I felt out of my depth but keen to join this fraternity. The buzz in the air felt like everyone knew they were about to go through hell but would be closer to heaven by the end of it (in the sense of spiritual enlightenment, their proximity at the top of the peak, as well as being almost dead).
The race can basically be split up into three parts of approximately 12km each, I call them "The Climb", "The Top" and "The B*TCH".
Part 1 - The Climb
Part 2 - The Top
Part 3 - The B*TCH
|On the way home|
|Judging by the expression on the spectators faces,|
I could tell I wasn't in first place
I usually place inside the top 33% of the field. My goal is to consistently place in the top 25%. I was way off this time!
Time: 5:57:03 (2h14min behind winner...yikes)
Position: 43/69 (62%...not great. I needed to be 53min faster to be in top 33%)
If I was a Female: 7/12
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