We set off and I thought to myself:
‘My legs actually feel alright! I might not do completely terrible’
Not that it actually meant anything because I had no indication of how my fitness was compared to anyone else in the race.
Mentally, the race in my head was to the bottom of the climb in order to get a good position at the bottom. If I did this then I will have given myself the best chance I could.
10km before the climb I thought ‘start moving up’
I know I am not the best at holding my position so I had to keep telling myself to constantly move forward and not get swamped.
I was about top 25 at the bottom of the climb, not too bad!