Us boys were armed with an 8.8k course 600m climb and the girls 6.6km with 450m. Only 90 seconds stood between each starter so the pressure was on for a perfect race. Mary was first cab off the rank followed by myself, Heather, then Olle. With a mostly solid performance, I learned that flow through the more technical areas will be crucial, while also keeping speed up on the longer legs. I finished with a time of 78mins which is not far off what is expected in a weeks time.
|Mens Long test with my (Ian) route if you look closely enough|
Olle was forced to pull out a bit after halfway because of some feet problems, but some have suggested he just wasn't man enough for the route choice legs.. Heather also had a few problems but still managed to battle on and finish the course. Experiencing what must be some people's worst nightmare, running through a tick-infested area, she had to stop for a short time to remove a particularly cheeky tick which was making an attempt on her eye. Mary finished solidly and regained her confidence which took a battering the previous day.
Big afternoon complete, we headed back home to Jaromer to throw down some post race refreshments and contemplate the choices made on-course.
"I like dogs and stuff"
"I like maccas a lot and made Roch stop on the way from Prague"