Running race (Tassie Trail Run) 1:26:55  13.2 km (6:35 / km) +770m 5:06 / km
ahr:168 max:181 shoes: Adidas Kanadias
Massive Race #1 of the day. Massive loop on the mountain.
Was meant to do this easy due to the 2nd run planned later today. I've decided it's impossible to take a race easy, as soon as people start passing me who I know shouldn't be, there's nothing I can do to stop ego taking over.
Loop was Fern Tree to Springs via Silver Falls -> Organ Pipes Track to Chalet -> Hunters Track to Junction Cabin -> Lenah Valley Track to Springs -> Fern Glade track to Fern Tree.
Killer, apart from a short stretch out of Junction Cabin, all the climb is in the first 5ks. Towards the junction to Organ Pipes track I resorted to the 20 paces run/10 paces walk method. Kind of frustrating, I was about the same speed as the leading woman in the first section, but we had complete opposite strengths so kept passing each other.
Hunters Track was a massive respite, it's too steep and technical to go flat out so kind of a forced recovery - though climbing out from Junction Cabin sucked. Have never run down Fern Glade track at the end, was excellent fun - super technical with lots of twists and turns, bridges, duckboards and stone steps downhill amongst the massive ferns.
Not sure where I finished, in the 10th-15th range I imagine.
Highlight of the race was running past the remains of one of the mountain dance parties they have up there every now and then - a wasteland of stoned hippies!
Orienteering race (Rogaine) 3:00:00  23.5 km (7:40 / km) +990m 6:20 / km
ahr:141 max:163 shoes: Adidas Kanadias
3 Hour Rogaine on Mt Nelson.
Was very happy that the forecast thunderstorm started up half an hour before the race started. The heavy rain had stopped, but there was a fairly constant intensity for the first hour.
After we decided on the basic route, I let Louis work out the detail as I usually end up picking crap routes.
Basic route was up to the Signal Station, down into the Upper Sandy Bay roads, down Lambert Rivulet, through the Uni, up Lynton Avenue, into the Waterworks and through Ridgeway, onto Mt Nelson through the bush below Hobart College and back to the tavern.
We decided this way so we were at roughly the same level as the hash house in the last hour, so if we had to rush to get back in time there weren't any evil hills.
Went pretty solidly, felt like we were too slow at the beginning - a lot of the tracks coming down Mt Nelson were terrible slippery after the rain (I ended up sliding on my arse down one of them and was covered in mud for the rest of the race), but we were a lot faster through Sandy Bay and RIdgeway than expected.
Hit the wall a little with half an hour to go. We decided to opt out of a very close (<5 mins away) 30 pointer with 15 mins to go - we could have made it but it would have involved pretty steady running to finish.
Of course when we found out we'd missed out on winning by ten points, I think we both decided the pain would have been worth it.
A worthy htfu lesson, but still a fun race all the same.