Well I survived. That was tough. Picturesque and brutal rolled into one.
Didn't lose my Saucony Kinvava 2's in the muddy areas. The shoes don't look quite as bright yellow as before. The shoes were the right choice, didn't slip or slide. Just have to trust them more next time. Did I just say next time!
My road running heritage shone through. Technical areas had me very wary. Sorry for holding people up, I always moved over when safe to do so and waved people through, I stopped off the track and let people through at other times. Sorry about my self seeding.
Met kevinm (a CoolRunner, from running forum, coolrunning.com.au ) before the race and during the race we ran together at different times. He provided very positive energy.
I managed several face plants, found those lurking tree roots. Least I picked relative soft landings. Fellow competitors were great and helped me up.
Got attacked by cramp bears in mainly both calfs towards the end. Fell to the ground, again I was helped up by a fellow competitor.
Finished in 4:09:12
Thanks to all involved for making this a must do race.
Right is a photo of me taken by a friend's husband. That is me in the blue shirt, race number 402.