I was hoping for an easy outing where I could cruise this mountainous Half but unfortunately a former triathlete by the name of Todd Spackman also entered. Slightly different course this year no lap around the showground, straight out onto the hills of Maleny, Up and Down! I realised on the first hill that my legs were still wearing yesterdays 3000/1500 efforts as Todd gapped me on the ups but I was able to catch him on the descents and flats.
It was not going to be a comfortable outing and I worked hard to stay with him but eventually at 8km a climb saw me drop back and not able to recover back the ground as he put in 10 to 20 seconds on me. On the way back I saw him stop and walk twice but I still couldn't get back level as both the climbs and the downhills were causing me as much pain. Happy enough to roll in second in just over 80minutes. Last year when we were accidently sent around the showground for a second time, I ran 82 minutes for the 22.1km.
Mike and Tommy managed a joint win (for the first time - how cool would it be to run across the line in an open race with your son!) Oscar finished 9th and team Trees won the team prize, so we cleared over $500 between us!
We stopped off in Maleny for coffee, I had the local double cream apple turnover - exquisite regardless of the calorie count!
Here's the elevation profile for my Half
|the first 3 in the 10km Mikey Tommy and Satoshi|
|love the country atmosphere at Maleny|
Mike and Tommy crossing the line together
|First team Mike , Tommy and Oscar - Trees Anclffe will appear on the perpetual trophy|
Here is my run on Garmin;