Map and Route:
I definitely started out too fast in this race. The first few controls were fast but by the time I got to ctrl 5 and 6, the big slog up the mountain, I was pretty toast. Physically felt horrible for the second half of the course. I don't think I was expecting how much climb it really was. Also the course was pretty much only steep ups and downs, and not really many flatter areas where I could recover much.
Aside from that I lost over 2min to 7 by not seeing the better routchoice and by taking a little venture into the waist deep powder trying to make a cut through.
I think I also lost considerable time throughout the course deliberating about which route to take, and I wasn't very smooth.
Oh well, it was a good race for my first ski-o A-meet.