Reverse Transfan on what felt like the hottest day of the year - and very little shelter. Not coughing up *that* much in the car driving over - but still some way from recovered. Think that was shown by struggling for breath and high heart rate for much of the run.
Paired up with Mark pretty much from the start, and gained Lewis and Alex to make a group of 4 by Storey Arms - and we stuck together the rest of the way. at fairly social pace, which allowed us to enjoy it more. Less enjoyable was the mosquitoes - have been keeping a running total of kills today (41), with many more getting away - Fan Fawr was particularly bad and will be covered in lumps tomorrow.
Very little uphill running due to the heat and lack of shade. Went the long way to Fan Llia which was mostly run but we were pretty slow going back up - but we did have a near perfect line down to the support station at road crossing.
Next phase was always going to be a slog. Very slow up through the tussocks to Fan Nedd, then had quite a long stop at the top with Rodney Archard (NGOC) who was playing with his radio mast. Gave us some time to appreciate all the views. Some jogging up Fan Gyhirych but mostly walk on runnable climb. I was starting to die by now so descent wasn't fun (can it ever be?) and the hill with no name was a struggle too.
John was parked in the Towy valley and had ice lollies and lots of other food so made sure to stock up as the last section can take a very long time. Again was really struggling with the climb up to Fan Brycheniog (yet seems to have all been faster than last time!) - and this time it was Jules Carter (I think) + dog that we met and stopped to talk to. By the time had got to Bannau Sir Gaer ridge I had a bit more life in me and was pulling the group along to get us finished in under 7 hours with some bits of jogging - and got the route from Carreg yr Ogof to the fields right this time. Shame that the drop after the fell and road up to the finish is so hard! Broke 7 hours.
Big struggle due to illness, lack of good training, and seems I was struggling to digest food and take in water. Drank about 6L on the run but feeling dehydrated.
Enjoyable, would do it again - but don't see my wanting to try for a good time any time soon.
Watch has exceeded my expectations - based on it's size; with HR turned off used just 35% battery in the first 6 hours of GPS running, then a further 7% for the last hour with GPS and HR recording. Based on various reviews was assuming life would struggle to get above 8 hours recording.