Had an accident last night and smashed my nose and right hand. Nose was OK in the morning by hand was not - bruised, swollen and looks like it was broken. Well, if I went to see a doc then X-ray and possible plaster cast would ruin champs... Decided just take some medicine and try to run. We will see.
Another disaster happen on 10th - GPS coordinates I set in my in car-navigation software to get to the event lead me to the wrong place! Usually I used description to find closest town/village and go from there. This time I could not so typed in coordinates provided by organizers. Ended up 70 km away from the actual start and we ran late. I got to the start 25 mins late, Alex just 4 mins. He got started straight away but I had to wait for another 25 mins since there were other people running my course. Official said my time would be adjusted.
On a positive side, I started together with Olav Lundanes and wished him luck!
I don't remember I ever had race with 425m of climb so expected it to be tough, only my hand really bothered me, this was a worry.
On the way to first control I stepped on a log and suddenly it split in two and my foot sank in the clearing. The hole was knee-deep and took me couple of minutes to release my foot - I had to untie laces, take off shoe, release my foot, get a shoo from hole and tie laces. A bit of adventure! Had to do that using only left hand.
Continued OK, few wobbles here and there, I was very conservative and picked very safe routes. As I expected, it was very physical, I did not have stamina to run uphills. The biggest error was between 9 and 10 - I did not get up to the road straight after 9 and then had to fight through nasty green and then while I was running on the road I lost map contact and started to doubt if I got off the road in the right place or not. As I found out latter I just undershot a bit. The rest of a distance was mainly walking, I did not have any power to run.
Unfortunately, my result was not adjusted even though I talked to organisers later on again.