5 up Birch in the heat. Tried to keep my average pace under 9 going up, but I had a snake encounter. I didn't see it until I was inches away and did what any teenage girl would do. Scream and back up super quickly. It was just a yellow and black garter, but I was so in the zone, haha. I waited for it to cross the road and caught my breath, then kept going up. I was pretty paranoid after that, so I didn't go so as far up as I was hoping. Kept my average pace going up under 9 and enjoyed the downhill back.