Beinn Dubh hill race - 1st, new CR
I put this race in the diary in October after running FRAs and really enjoying the climb. Weather was decent today and the views were incredible. The bogs were a fair bit drier too.
Legs not feeling all that great warming up so the plan was just follow whatever the others did and see what happens. Joe Symonds and Sam Alexander went off at a horrible pace for the first 5mins which I did not enjoy. Once it flattened off it was just Joe, me and Waldie, who slowly dropped off a bit. Once Sam was gone Joe was going much slower and I enjoyed this bit, feeling relaxed and trying not to trip over his heels or overtake. He did start dying a bit once we started the second climb proper so I half-heartedly pushed on a little for the rest of the climb, though I wasn't feeling brilliant.
I hit the summit with about a 20-30s lead and was kindly offered a jelly baby by the guy at the top. Had a very brief look at the view then started flying down the lovely soft descent. It was infinitely more enjoyable than last time I did it. Once I got to the flatter boggy bit I looked at my watch and realised I still had ages left to get inside the record (35.00) so decided to keep pushing to the finish.
Pleased with how good I felt aerobically after yesterday, and I think it's an alright time though probably could have pushed a bit harder up the hill (I actually ran slower than we did at FRA) and taken some more direct lines (I didn't know if we were supposed to follow the intermittent tapes or not).
Nice to get my name back on the record books somewhere though. This is my hill for now.
Up in 24.27, down in 9.15. Took one of Jonny's segments YES