Monthly Handicap at Mt Ainslie
Total distance: 20.2 km in 130' 19" at 6' 27"
9.3 kms in 45' 02" at 4' 51"
Warm up, mark course, & collect signs:
10.9 kms in 85" 17" at 7' 49"
Race: started group 33
Finished 35th / 91
Monthly handicap No: 177
Weather: sunny, temp range -4 to + 4 degrees, humidity 95%, wind mostly calm up to SW 5 kmph
Week: 117.6 km, June: 416.05 km, Year: 2479.95 km
Fronted up to another monthly handicap at Mt Ainslie on this most used over the years. This course has been used almost since the first monthly handicap was run back some 25 years or so.
Nothing has changed except the start/finish area is now closer to the car park as changes to the fire trail have improved this area.
It still has that lovely hill with a couple of kms to go. That's where the catching and passing has it's last chance to be done as every one moves very quickly down the hill in the last km.
Not my best race here, in fact 5 minutes slower than 2 years ago. I missed last year.
Obviously, some fatigue from yesterday's half marathon as well as accumulated tiredness from a few weeks of training.
However, considering, I was not unhappy with the result apart from a couple of speedy females passing me and I had no response.
Failed to catch either Janene or Ewen but I caught Mrs Muscles just after 3 kms.
Monday will be the usual recovery day with an easy run home at lunch time & back to work afterwards. May be the slowest of all time, but time is not the concern.