EOC Middle Final.
I had a pretty good run :) I definitely exceeded my expectations given that I haven't trained enough, but a calm head and solid nav can be worth a lot I realised!
My one main mistake was very frustrating - I ran confidently into #2, a 4x4m depression, and just didn't see the control! I saw a couple of shallow depressions with no control and was just really confused! Almost 2 mins searching and I finally saw the control hiding in the dappled sunlight a few meters from where I had been the whole time aaagh... The depression it was in was a bit substandard.
After that my run was solid. I was caught around #6 by the Lithuanians who started 2mins before and after me - Ausrine is a stronger runner but I managed to keep ahead until the run through with good nav. In the second loop I tried to keep up by taking slightly better routes/short cuts, which worked to #11, but trying to short cut out of 14 and into 15 I lost a bit in green and finished a bit behind. Would have been nice to be a bit stronger on the hills to keep up or ahead.. But I felt fitter than at the Swiss selection middle a month ago.
The womens race was really exciting to spectate, although it was heartbreaking when Julia Gross was announced as mp after thinking she won..
I will upload my maps later but there was GPS: