Felt ok at the start, forced warmup from car to start, got there about 2 mins late (~4 mins before actual start time)
went out at a slow pace, made an error on 6 going up the wrong hill and climbed 5 more contours than needed.
had a cup of water, was feeling ok but started to tire 1/2 way to 10 (2.5km leg)
kept a relative slow pace but started to struggle, really needed a drink at 10/11
was concentrating on good navigation and moving at a pace I could sustain.
hit 14 and was slowing down more ..
drinks control at 16 and downed 9 cups of drink and a gel but the dmage had been done. couldn't manage much of a run until after 19
since I was probably out of medal contention I decided to take a flatter route to 20 and managed to run most of the way, went past the finish to 21 to reassure my mum and Lachlan that i was ok and had a few more controls to go. was able to jog most of the rest ..
figured I would come last but enjoyed the challenege..
suffered some dehydration headaches for the rest of the day, will definitely need a hydration pack for AUS long champs .. RouteGadget