Lower Borrowdale Skyline English champs counter - 74th 2:00:45
Too far as it turned out, I set out racing it properly whilst still trying to keep the climbs manageable and under control. I possibly cooked it a bit much on the first as I couldn't get my heart rate back lower again for a while (180ish when I wanted it 170ish). I hammered the first descent and was in a really good position, higher up that I would have expected. I spent the next section of climb and little bits of descent getting slowly overtaken, but then reovertaking on downhill. That was until we got to around 13km in and my legs were really not cooperating, there was a road slight uphill section which I was about 1.5 times slower than those I had been running with, I just couldn't get my body moving any faster. The next climb was a right old struggle which the most I could really do was walk, heart rate dropped and I also started to feel funny - so on the descent I had a madeleine (having already had a squares bar) but was very thankful for the water stop at the bottom. I took a rogue route on the descent, and I think I made people get lost/confused which was an added bonus (instead of blindly following me the whole way, some stopped and *corrected* themselves - I forced my route to work and I didn't climb anything I wasn't allowed to, so I think it was valid.)
The final big climb was brutal, but finally others seemed to be struggling too (I had been engulfed by a huge group of 20 or so on the previous climb, having been ahead of larger groups for the rest of the race. I picked up a bit and knew I just needed to be within touching distance to overtake on the final descent. Annoyingly the final descent was too short and not nearly technical enough and I was the wrong side of a big bunch having only overtaken half of the 13 or so people I had counted.
This is the longest fell race like this which I've raced properly (MM and LDMT not mass start so feel very different) - so good to know that up to about 1h20 I'm decent, but need to work on races longer than that. The first bit of my legs to go were my calves, I think I am over-reliant on them which is why they are often the first to get strained when I run hard. I need to work on this to get my glutes more involved!
Also I need to work out if by hammering the descents I am actually harming my legs for later on, from my perspective it is worth it as I gain a lot of time doing so, but maybe at the expense of losing more time later on. Something to learn.https://www.sportident.co.uk/results/LBS/2022/Lowe...