@slivaglobal #gl3d Reflections 1.5
Day 3. Routine has set in and we knew what to do in the morning. Tearing down the tent was bittersweet but we only knew we were nearing the finish. After applying some sunscreen, we set off on a good 700m climb which involved plenty of technical scrambling. Something certainly new to me. Then we fucked up. Saw a bunch of rock formations and could not orient ourselves among that and some marshland. Misrecognized the small lake features. When we got in the right path and the checkpoint, we second-guessed ourselves about the need for a steep descent before climb when it's reported altitude was supposed to be the approximately the same as the peaks we have scrambled. Took a leap of faith and we somehow got it right.
I struggled again on a steep technical descent along a mountaineous stream. That ended rather quickly as we approached a groomed and flat 4wd track that was meant to serve as a long distance cross country road. Keeping in mind that my partner was injured, it was a good practice and discipline to slow down and hike it instesd of trying to run it.
The final kilometers were actually tough involving plenty of blistering hot tarmac that went on for almost forever. I got comfortable in the heat and trudged on without slowing down much, but felt like I could have been slightly dehydrated after not drinking enough for the morning.
I saw many competitors suffer in that stretch but it was not in fact, as tough as it was supposed to be. These are the externalities that creep in unexpectedly during longer events - they do not defeat or crush the hardened but certainly force all through a difficult patch.
Crossing the finish line, we got a beer in hand and a bean casserole in the other. Felt satisfied but also filthy and tired. (For the record, I tested my @waaultra carrier shirt to the extremes, using it daily through the coldest winter, for all my racing, and wore that 3 days straight in a row in the hot long weekend. The quality of the clothing is incredible and the wicking/thermoregulation properties are pretty much second to none.) #livelowracehigh #nukeoptics #morphperformance #waateam #waaexpert #waaultra #runsimple