First PT session in quite some time (>2 months) and I felt it. Did a lot of running and for once I wasn't leading the pack. Felt like throwing up on the sand hill sprints and the two intervals we did (for some reason we didn't do the other three). Lots of pushups, chinups and other crap. Will pay for that over the next few days I'm sure.
Running25:14 5.11 km (4:56 / km) +7m4:54 / km ahr:151 max:166 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
I went for a run for a number of reasons:
-I needed an excuse to have a shower (seriously, my last shower was in Austria)
-Haven't been for a run since Denmark
-I think I might be running this weekend so needed to train
-Wanted to test out my new knee brace
-Running is awesome
-In my AP log, this run puts me at equal second lowest year on total number of runs (admittedly I have four months left but the only year I'm currently beating is 2017 when I broke my patella)
It wasn't the most convincing of runs and I think the brace might take some getting used to. I did get to see a magpie (b)eating the shit out of another magpie while three of his magpie mates stood in a circle cheering. Not sure what happened to the beatee but given the bashing it was getting, I cannot imagine it came out in a good state. I didn't want to interrupt proceedings though because it means one less magpie to swoop me come spring.
Road bike (commute) 23:15  8.85 km (22.8 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
Ride over to BFSR, which has been rebranded to BFA (I now have two of that acronym to remember) to check out cycling accessories since I threw away my jockey bolt (by accident) and MTB shoes (intentionally) in Austria. I probably did mean to get up before 1:50pm today but it didn't happen that way.
Although my placings at WMTBOC weren't what I hoped for, I do feel that I had my best WC in terms of performance at least. I was very happy with both the relay and sprint and thought I had good mass start and long distance races, with only minor navigational errors. The only race I wasn't happy with was the middle. This is funny since I thought I had mastered the middle discipline over the fast few years and with four middle races in Europe I came out with the following:
-Hungary (masters): broken nose
-Sweden (ORingen): flat tyre
-Austria (Austrian Cup): tired
-Austria (WC): terrible race (although my best placing of the four WC races)
In fact the sprint discipline, which I've been not so great at in the past, is where I had most of my best races while in Europe, the one exception being the first sprint race in Sweden. The WC sprint was pretty straightforward though and rewarded speed over navigation.
I have been know as a long distance specialist in the past but fouled that up in Europe with my worst performing race being the Hungary long and I almost missed a control in the first Swedish long event. The second Sweden long event I made many route choice errors. Thankfully it all came together for the WC, even though that race was more technically challenging that any other long event I've done.
Also discovered the fun of a relay mass start after a solid performance in Austria where I actually finished with a pack (probably the first time ever). Estonia 2013 I was too shit and Hungary this year riding in the X160 field meant I was too fast for the other 60 year olds. With seven MTBO relays under my belt I don't think I've ever been 3rd leg rider - 4 x 1st and 3 x 2nd leg (+1 4th leg).
Now have our own state champs, ACT champs and NSW champs to look forward to for the rest of the year then build up to next year's WOC in Denmark!
I call it a day but we departed Qatar in the dark and arrived in Perth 11.5hrs later in the dark. With the shades down in the aeroplane for the whole trip, we didn't get to see the sun today!
It's also impossible to know what airport staff are going to say about CO2 canisters. At Stockholm airport I had one in my bike box but they x-rayed that and told me I had to take it in my hand baggage so I had to go searching for it. At Vienna I thought I'd get ahead of the game so took it in my hand baggage, then got told I couldn't take it in the cabin and had it confiscated. I wish they'd be bloody consistent with their rules.
One thing I don't miss about being back in Perth is our terribly slow internet connection. Pretty much everywhere we stayed in Europe - along with the airports - puts iiNet to shame.
Travel back to Vienna and onwards to Perth. Tash was 10kg over in our baggage and the check in guy wanted to charge us 600 Euros!!!!! Fortunately I hadn't yet thrown out my old shoes, helmet and a bunch of other gear we disposed of so got the weight down again (although I could have just chucked Tash's extra weight into my bike box and he wouldn't have noticed given he'd already weighed it although the box probably would have fallen apart - it's not in very good shape anymore after seven weeks on the road).
Tried to put in an order at an airport cafe but were told it was 'table service' so take a seat. Been sitting here for 20 minutes now and no sign of service is apparent. Tash has gone up to try again - they told her to go and sit down and they'd come and serve us but she promptly refused!
My overall results for this WMTBOC:
Mass start 58th
Pretty shit. I had hoped to improve from Portugal where I had two 50 somethings and a 38 in the long after also getting three 50 somethings in Estonia but it looks like I'm not much better than I was two years ago (although there were more participants here). My training this year has been pretty intermittent though due to other things going on in my life. I'll excel in Denmark next year for sure!
Dunno if you can count the relay given we all had different forks and I also didn't have to waste time at the map wall.