Well having ran well two weeks ago I was feeling a bit apprehensive as to what to expect, this was backed up when I looked out of my window first thing to see the trees blowing and with the forecast of warm conditions later my confidence was was not great although I knew I had some pace in my legs having recovered well.
Arrived on the start line in good time having done a good warm up , on the start line my Garmin kept losing the sat signal and when I crossed the start line it hadnt got one but pressed start and off I went. First few miles are down hill then steadily up hill for the next three , the wind was really strong in my face for the first 5 but knew it would be in my favour for at least the following four.
Goal pace was between 6.45- 6.50 but knew that this would be hard in the conditions, first 5 m @ 5.59 6.54 6.54 6.53 6.56.
Having turned with wind now at my back and some miles down hill I tried to push a bit to make the most of the conditions. Was never feeling comfortable at any point but thought that had nothing to loose but to keep it going as best I could. It was warm now so looked to find any shade I could . Next four miles at 7.08 6.45 7.00 7.00 which made me think that it was going to be tough in the hard miles from 10.5 - 12 which are very hilly. At some point on mile 10 I glanced down at my watch to see some blood on my arm having done a quick check to see it wasnt coming from my nose or anywhere else i quickly tried to wipe it off with my other arm as I didnt fancy carrying that for the next three mile. While doing this I caught my Garmin and either stopped it or changed the settings, then spent the next couple of mins trying to sort it out which I did but it seemed to be displaying some odd figures.
Anyway cracked on to the dreaded hills and back into the wind my split for mile 10 was odd but the next 3.2 came out at 7.04 7.44 6.52 2.08. The hills really kicked my ass but tried to get to the last mile with bit left to drive to the finish line. Crossed the line pretty destroyed and a quick glance at my watch read 1.31 .09.
Was pretty happy with that as a PB 3 mins but did wonder what my chip time would be. Straight online to see 1.29.14 which was great and had got my race goal.
Still don't really know what happened with the watch but very happy, now rest and recovery time for a week or two.
A good event but the course is not great but a challenge all the same.