Xterra Series - Race 3
Xterra race number three took us to Waiuku forest on a cold and frosty morning. It took us a while to get a park as the queue into the forest was fairly long, so it left us putting a jog on to make it to the start line on time for race briefing.
We set off in our usual formation with Shaun out front, then Josh and then me at the rear. Josh was determined to keep his cotton longs on to race even though I tried to talk him out of it knowing he would quickly warm up and they would just drag in any wet weather, but he insisted on comfort, of course when I saw him at about the 10.5km mark they were rolled up to his knees, so stylish!
The course was really fun, plenty of soft trail underfoot that I was happy about. The frost burned off as the morning wore on and we ran under beautiful blue skies and crisp sunny fresh air in our lungs. This course was the longest of the series so far but the kilometres fell away without much of a struggle. There were some hilly sections - about 230 metres of climbing all in, but they gave way to fun trails and never really felt like a struggle.
We all really did think that this was a super fun course and all had the fantastic post-run feels and good vibe takeaways. And the best moment of the day? Well the giant mud puddle around the 10km mark of course! What a blast that was, and thankfully the course cameraman was on hand to capture the fun. Josh got photo of the day, definitely!
Hot chips and choco milk at the finish rounded off a truly stellar event. We are absolutely looking forward to race #4 in Hunua! And we are definitely coming back to Waiuku for a hike soon
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