This was a day for doing the necessary, which I did - just (although still waiting for official confirmation that I've scraped in - have had enough near-misses before not to take anything for granted).
Significantly improved on yesterday, probably at least in part through sleeping well last night - so well that I failed to notice the thunderstorms which went through at 2am (incidentally, these were predicted to the hour on yr.no
48 hours in advance). Certainly still a long way from being fully fit, something which was particularly noticeable on the only hill, but, after being 20% on Friday and 30% yesterday, I was perhaps 60% today. I won't be 100% tomorrow but hopefully won't be too far away from it.
As expected the course was a mix of town streets and school grounds/parks (some with an impressive control density - walking home I found one spot with eight controls within sight). Lost a bit of time on 2 through misreading some vegetation - maybe 20 seconds or so. Continued to plod on. Yuri Omelchenko caught me two minutes at 7 (and promptly made a small mistake but soon blew past me again). Clean for the rest, although one hairy moment with a head-on collision coming into 17 (no serious damage to either party).
I was a bit surprised it was such a close-run thing - the other heat also ran our course and did it before us, and their cut looks like being almost two minutes slower than ours. On the last results I've seen I'm 35th (37 make it) with four unaccounted for, but the printout time was late enough that I'm fairly certain none of those four can displace me (I expect all four will in fact be DNSs).
Tomorrow should be much more technical. Assuming I have made it through, I'll be almost first starter, but with a course that suits me better and an extra day of recovery I'll be hoping for something a fair bit better tomorrow, and perhaps posting a time for the big guns, of whom our field has a few, to chase. (That said, midfield in the A final would still be a decent result).
And perhaps I should be hoping that history repeats itself from 2009 - I also went into that week sick (although that time the cause was having eaten Australia's northernmost dodgy chook on a pre-event work trip to the Torres Strait Islands), narrowly got through sprint qualifying, and by the end of the week got close to a medal.