@ 119km was a tough day on the trails. It was one of those days where the power and race day magic just isn't there and the mind is constantly convincing the body to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Crossing the finish line in 3rd place I felt, more than anything, relief.
Coming into 63km I wasn’t in a good place; nothing felt right. I sat down, my head in my hands, legs cramping and focus wavering. It crossed my mind that a DNF would be justifiable, but some motivational words from Louise put things back into perspective and got me back on track. A runner’s high finally kicked in around 100km into the race and I was determined to give everything I could for a podium position. 3rd place was in sight, but with daylight fading I missed a key turn and kept descending at chasing speed. Eventually realising my mistake I hammered it back up, cursing my lack of focus. Back on course and adrenaline firing, I’d grown the gap between us and was going to have to work hard if I had any chance of catching back up. The trail became rockier, rugged and steep, and I kept chasing down the glimmer of light in the distance. The pace was on and I got myself back into 3rd — then a surprise dog chase turned it up another level and gave me the buffer I needed to secure a podium spot in my last ultra of 2018!
I had doubts going into this race; the body hasn’t been feeling 100% since CCC. But I wanted one last adventure to close out the season and it was totally worth it. Now it’s time to give the body time to rebuild, recalibrate and approach next year stronger and more focused than ever.
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