I had a look at the intermediate results from the major CPs (the ones with an electronic timing mat). My positions in the race at those points were:
CP km place
4 19 269
11 42 196
22 81 119
28 100 106
35 124 91 (halfway)
47 159 78
52 172 74
60 195 64
69 227 71
75 246 73 (the end)
As you can see, after starting at a very measured pace I gradually worked my way through the field for most of the race. Around CP60 (almost 200k) I was at my best position before gradually sliding back once more. I was still further up the field at the end than I had been at the mountain (CP48 is at the top), though.
|Nestani, after the mountain|
During the post-race celebrations on Monday they showed a video from this year's race. I was totally taken aback by the shots of Katalina Nagy running up the final mountain. I was completely dead on my feet at that point - not only was she running, she was running hard! Unbelievable! I'm not a bad ultra runner but that really drove home the difference between also-runs like myself and the top, top runners.
|with the kids of Sparta as our escort|
|The obligatory manhug from Don|
I weighed myself for the first time on Tuesday morning. Usually I gain a few pounds in the week after a race but my weight is down 3 pounds compared to what it was before we left for Greece. I think something similar happened after Turin. It's not for lack of trying, I sure am not on a diet at the moment and my inner chocoholic is living it large.
I cycled to work for the first time as well this morning, purely to get the legs moving again after what already seems like a long break. I am slowly starting to think about running again as well. No rush. Probably in a few days.
* excuse the pun
** what am I talking about, what next time??