from an "expert" We all know what an expert is - an ex is a has been - and a spert is a drip under pressure!
I have now finished 4 "proper" races - 2x 10klm, 1x 14klm and 1x HM --- I was nervous about all of them - I had devised a strategy that would pretty well guarantee my completion of them ( short of a catastrophe) - and guess what? -- I was not last in any of them. In fact, in all of these races I have come home around half way though the competitors - with MANY younger people well behind me. -- and I am definitely not a fast runner - I would probably call myself a strong shuffler
I have noticed that there are many contestants in these races that are not regular runners and do not seriously train for the event - so anybody here who does put in a decent training effort is not going to disgrace themselves!!