Drove to the finish early, 7am, and caught the bus back up to the start. Caught up with a lot of CR's at the start, including Nando who I hadn't seen since the same race last year.
Started off the race with Blue Dog chatting for the 1st 3ks about all the idiots that went off too fast. It was there that he eased away and I tracked him about 200m behind for the rest of the race.
The leg hurt a bit on the downhills so I needed to do short quick steps to stop any pain. Which in turn lead me to using heaps of energy on the flats to keep my place and pace. Was passed on nearly every uphill. No hill reps for a year is starting to hurt me.
Professor came past about the 4k mark I think and I was then in a bad hole till about the 9k mark where I seemed to find some energy to pass him back and then have the battle along the beach to the finish.
Finished in 43:30 over last years 41:48. Obviously slower but at least I broke the 4min ks for the first time in a year, at last years race actually. Blue Dog did 43:10 I think.
A great afternoon BBQ sponsored by Bernie G & Blue Dog at their tropical watering hole.