Sunday, September 13, 2009

Monstrous Good Fun Old Boy.

I'm not dead, just been doing more interesting things than blogging :)

The most recent interesting thing was the First Monster. When it was decided that we were entering the team I immediatley aired my preference to do the hill climb out of Fort Augustus, not because I was the strongest cyclist but because it had beaten me once before.

This year there were 278 teams of four each person doing a running stage and a cycling stage. Other team members were:

Jean

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Saunders

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Brian

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Here's the area of the event with my stages highlighted in red.

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Right lets get this done so I can go and do something more interesting.
Saunders completed the first stage in a great time, although fortunately behind Nell so I got to see her hand over to Gavin Hastings at my transition point. I don't know how celebrities are supposed to act but just milling about and chatting like everyone else was in line with the relaxed friendly atmosphere.

I then ran slightly faster than I though I would though not quite Olympic material. I averaged 5:06 min/Km over the 8.3Km stage. I have cycled the route before but running it was actually more enjoyable.

I then handed over to Jean who ran off, thinking back I cannot even remember that transition. My brain must have been fried ! Quite worrying. I then got changed into my cycling kit and set off on a bus to Fort Augustus. Where I tucked into a lavish meal of a cup of soup and a bread roll ! After a few phone calls I determined just about when Saunders would arrive but he was quicker than expected so my trip to the toilet was abandoned !

I set off up the hill.


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It was hot. I kept the pedals turning. No cramp ups. I topped out :)

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Elevation, speed and HR tables follow for your perusal.



Elevation

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Speed


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Heart Rate



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After the hill I got the head down and went for the stage end and survived the scary descent into Foyers. I handed over to Jean once again.


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Team Mackay support vehicle had arrived by now hence the photos. At Foyers I didn't need to wait for race transport and was whisked off to Dores, the next transition. We passed Jean on the way.


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Jean had had a good cycle too so we were moving up the rankings.

Now Brian sprinted to the finish, arriving before us in the car !!




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We met up with Nell again.
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We finished 77th out of 278, not bad.

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My only criticism would be the rather random nature of the food distribution. I needed more than a cup of soup and a roll in Fort Augustus. Fortunatley Team Mackay support ( Karen ) went off and bought me a sausage roll.

This was outweighed with the sheer brilliance of the event and the organisation.
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