turns out going out hard and fast and trying to keep up with 20 year olds is not so smart. At the 12k mark I twisted an ankle but continued to run as we were in 2nd place at the time. We kept up the pace and were the 1st team into Checkpoint 1 of the Oxfam Trailwalker.
The effort took a toll and I only made it to Checkpoint 3 at a distance of 45km in 7 hours and 10 minutes before it was time to call it a day. The next leg was 19km long and it was time to finally check my ego. My knees and ankles were ok going up but hated the downs and the flat.
One of the young guys, Lee, was a mess as well so we both retired. The other two in my team continued on after being adopted by another team, Team Race4Max from Office Max in Christchurch. These were an awesome bunch of guys with a great support crew. Lee and I joined the supporters. So Kelly, Paul, Fiona and the retired Ammo team members met the guys at each Checkpoint until the finish at 11:44pm in downtown Taupo. The guys finished in 17:44 well inside our 18 hour goal.
Here are some pics of the day :-)
Team Ammo ready to hit the start line
On the trails
The views were great. Team Ammo and Run4Max combined :-)
The final leg on the lakefront