It was hot, it was humid, as usual we were rushed despite being on holidays. At least I had remembered everything – until the minute before starting I realised I had forgotten the Garmin! Dammit – this completely threw me off, it helps me plan, lets me keep an eye on pace and make sure I don’t head out too hard, plus I love doing the post run review of distance, elevation, timings. I had my step counter, so at least I knew the time and could try and make sure I was back on time.
Our plan was made, alternate finishes plotted out depending on time left and off we went. Nice and steady for the first several controls, a guy just in front of me set a steady pace that worked for me until we split off after 4 controls. Then, for me, it was up, up, up the hill. I saw Nick at an odd location, but thought no more of it – he should have been well ahead of me still. I continued up the hill and then the long slog to the next control out near the coastline. Overshot the next control – misread the description – and probably lost about 2 minutes here as I headed down, then back up, about 15m. Some downhill next to push and try to make up the time I lost, replotting my course as I went, knowing at this point I was probably going to be late back. Nick swung past me as we hit the flat again having taken a different, longer and higher scoring route. Close to the end and I tried to push, but I was all out of puff. Made it back 3:30 over time for a 40 point penalty on my already low score. Not my best effort, but a good run for a hot day.
Plotting my course later on Google Earth gave me 6.3km! My longest Summer Series this season, including an extra 100m+ of elevation. Nick covered 129m up and down, and my route looked a bit more than that. No wonder I was tired.
Post run review pointed out that I had forgotten to pick up a 30 point control before heading up the hill… This is why I caught up to Nick in the middle, it would have cost me maybe a minute to grab the control and even adding that minute to my late penalty it would have put me further ahead. Ah well, better luck next time!
Of course, manually entering the run into Garmin/Strava has meant it doesn’t show accurately on anything, so it hasn’t been counted towards any of the sites that I link to. Ah well, can only improve on things for 2017!