It was a hot day, and standing around near the registration area we could feel the Sun blazing down. Even under the shade of the tents, it was hot.
Heard several reports of sensible runners deciding not to compete because of the heat.
The two buses for the Bulls Head arrived and were soon full and we were off, no turning back now.
On the trip to Mt Genini, we later heard that tree branches had been thrown up from the road and came through the floor of the bus.
No such drama on this trip.
Bulls Head arrived and we visited the loo, and had plenty of time for a leisurely stroll over to the start area at DS5. Sent off, and held back on the first 3 km downhill start, felt really good, Chris developed a crook knee at 100 metres into the run, but kept going, the guy in the yellow shirt was passed and then the female who was supposed to run with him, waited for him to catch up. I was in front of them now, first 5kms in 26:44. At 7km drink station, the guy and girl were together but she had raced ahead now, and left him behind.
Realised that my pace was dropping, but couldn't do anything about it,
second 5km took 38 minutes compared to 27 minutes for the first 5km.
At 12kms, decided with some persuasion that a rest, a sit down, a few drinks of water, and some jubes, were the best remedy for my apparent wandering from side to side on the track, and looking rather beat. Thanks to the advice of the drink station person, this worked but didn't work wonders.
Jogged the next 5kms (49 minutes) to the final relay station change point (with Bernie and Chris and recorded a DNF.
Thankfully got a lift back to the finish with George, much appreciated, who was looking after a relay team.
Replenished the inner self with staminade, a sausage, and a drink from the car.
Still trying to work out whether it was the heat which caused the problems, or a lack of recovery from numerous long training runs over the past several weeks.
Until Next Time (Maybe no next time in such heat.)