Forgot to say hi staylor... Dave pointed you out. What happened? It looked like you were riding super well. Care to share?
No real good excuse, just a pile of minor ones. I felt good for the first 12hrs but didn't take on enough cals and fluid for that heat and my pace. My pit kept telling me to take on more and I kept agreeing but just didn't execute on the 'take on more'. I figured the amount of 24's I've done should make me invulnerable but I was wrong. ;-)
My leg was bugging me from a mega-wipeout at BCBR 3wks prior, that just added to the mental games, at midnight I decided to get a bit soft and put my head down for 10mins in my pit to let things settle down. From that point on it was a downward spiral of already in the hole and mental slip, I gave up a lot of time wallowing in misery in my pit, I was simply off my game and at 0730hrs, in 8th place, I pulled the plug.
After the event I did a review of my approach to the race and other than the BCBR injury I was about 5% fitter than last year at Worlds (Canmore) and had a deeper base and I felt good on the line/pre-event. So I blew it on the weekend because in simple terms I was an idiot. ;-)
I think this event retaught me some stuff I had forgotten from my beginner days and I'm glad that it happened on the weekend rather than in Canberra in Oct.
If you see Dave, say hi and tell him I sent him an email a couple of days ago to his shop email address, [email protected]
that dude has game. Looks like this year was his, so next year it's mine, hahaha.