It's pretty cool to be named to the Elite team, though it feels somewhat cognitively dissonant being that I've been struggling with injury since September and haven't been able to train properly; since then my focus has been inward rather than outward, on recovering rather than getting faster and better. I definitely don't feel elite right now, but hopefully most of my knee issues are behind me now and that will change soon.
I became a much better orienteer in 2016, but there's plenty of room for improvement. In particular, I'm still just not that technically strong. There are times when I show myself flashes of potential (such as the first half of the NAOC middle) but I remain too erratic to consistently summon the combination of focus, accuracy, and speed that results in good middle distance results. No doubt this is partially a result of living in the PNW, where (Bend excluded) we have an almost total lack of technical forest terrain. The Bonesaw is a freak; I haven't the foggiest idea how he became so technically strong while living here.