O race (Hill Park Dale H4) 1:13:11*** 5.1 km (14:21 / km) +170m12:18 / km ahr:162 max:184 spiked:8/14c slept:8.0 shoes: Asics Trabuco 11 WR
H4 at HPD.
Despite the lack of spiking controls, this is without doubt my best ever run at HPD. I never lost complete contact with the map (though it was pretty close near control 8), and for 2 of the non-spiked controls, I pulled up within 2-15 metres of the control to sort myself out.
Hugely positive steps for me.
Small confusion just outside the circle at 1, momentary failure to expect a boulder-field on the way to 2, clean to 3, just slow and careful through the fallen trees. Jumped on the big boulders next to my rock at 4 for a less than 5metre miss, quickly corrected.
Easy to 5 - finally caught Lois, after being too feeble in the shrubbery earlier to take her, despite having been near her since 1. Granite and clearings easy over to 6. Walked past 7, and then found it less than 10 metres behind my left shoulder when I decided I had gotten too close to the clearing. Tried to be clever to 8 and failed. On the wrong little bobble-spur and ended up in a train of people all hunting for 8.
Chose the fenceline route to 9, which I was very happy with, as I saw many of my former train members get a bit confused and wander off to 6 while attempting to contour around the hillside.
Very slow and unfit up the hill from there. Slight misreading of control location as the highpoint rather than the cliff, but I wouldn't have changed anything about my route choice.
Tired after 10 and made plenty of "I don't want to do the hard thing" errors from there. Up the hill to the fence corner, then down the fence, then failed to differentiate the two little knolls and ended up doing a big loop around to 11.
Got totally confused as to which control site I was aiming for in the the 4, 12, 3 patch and went to 4 and it had the wrong code for 12, despite being in the right place for 4. Then I went down to the creek line looking for 3 in a gully (even though it was on a spur), got in viewing distance of the dam and finally sorted out not only where I was, but where I was supposed to be going. Let Jan through while I was farting about here.
Easy track run to 13, scary diving through fallen trees and between big boulders to 14 - very difficult to do 1-handed, but I remember badly stuffing up a similar control in the past in this section of the map while trying to avoid this route.
Followed the string course to the fence in the belief that if small children were expected to get through, it probably wouldn't be too bad underfoot, then along the fence to finish.
Still had plenty of energy for running on smooth flat surfaces, but I reckon my nav brain was minutes away from giving out entirely. I'd had all the warnings already.
A really positive pre-Easter run for me. I think this my first time under 1hr40 on this map.
Cautious bike ride with Mum reminding her about gears, and about higher cadences being better for her wonky knees. Oh, and testing out my wrist as well, which was pretty good, but didn't like the bumps of pavement.
Overall, with the cafe/beer/lunch stop, I think it took us 2.5 hours to cycle about 5km. Good times.
I have 50 degrees flexion, 55 degrees extension, nearly full pronation, better than 45 degrees supination and a grip strength of 20kg (for comparison, the grip strength in my right hand is 38kg - so my weak hand is 'average female' and my strong hand is 'average male' - no wonder opening jars seems to be difficult for so many of my friends!)
It appears that 'functional' means 'able to do household tasks', because it doesn't include yoga or cycling! Still a little bit of work (maybe a week/10 days) before I'm strong enough to ride the roadie and lots of work (probably a month) before I can be upside-down at yoga.