What a great race. Felt strong through the entire 10.5 miles and 4,500 feet of ascent. Helen had a good run too, coming home in 3rd but not a million miles behind the winner.
I set off easy - as per the plan. The first climb, 5 minutes in, is an absolute bastard. From there I pushed on. With the worst out the way it was time to go for it.
I steadily gained places. Took good race lines and all in all had my best race for ages. Beating several people who normally best me into the bargain - and by some distance.
My goal of finishing inside 2:30 was accomplished as I crossed the line in 2:24 and about 94th place - back of the net. I'm dead pleased right now. I'm definately on the way back...