A very runable forest on a steep hillside with some open heather moor on top. The forest is covered in a forgiving carpet of moss which helped running speed. Quite a contrast to Raemoir. Wearing orthotics seems to be an effective solution to yesterday’s ankle pain. Felt pretty strong running and was really enjoying the course until I completely lost it at 12. I got confused with some rides and ended up punching 13 by mistake. Probably lost about 10-12 mins. I’ll put it down to over relaxing on the last few controls – most annoying. Looking forward to seeing Martin Dean’s splits to 11, which will give me some indication of how I was doing.
Pat and I are staying at Kincraig for the week. We are hoping to do some good training in the Speyside forests. I (we) need the practice.
I lost a bit of time at 12 too - was below it and struggled to make things fit. Fortunately somebody was running out of it and alerted me to the fact I needed to climb.
I took 63 minutes to 11 and 72 in total. Probably lost ca 3 minutes in minor mistakes/hesitancies.
My route is on my blog.
Have a good week in Speyside. Gramp are training in Loch Vaa (fantastic area!) next Saturday (was thinking of inviting myself along - e mail me if interested) and a colour coded at Deishar on Sunday which will be very good too!
Was 66 mins to 11. Did pretty much the same as you on 12 by going too low. I should have been able to sort it out if I had only checked the bearing on the ride when I hit it. You live and learn I guess...
Very keen to meet up for training at Loch Vaa and will be there for Sunday too.
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