Tiomila 1st leg - 20th
Didn't run Tio or Jukola last year so nervous at the start but also excited. Mad start but comfortable once everyone had settled down a bit. Tried to do my own thing to number one but I got pulled offline a bit by another group and ended up losing my fork and having to double back. Bugger! Didn't panic, just doubly concentrated for the next few which went by without much bother. Nice long leg to 5 and I started to try to work through the train a bit. The next section was properly tricky and I was definitely on the edge at times. I found myself alone for about a minute, which was very scary, but didn't drop any time to the group.
When we got to the field run (8), I could see the front of the group ahead, which was a big relief. There were actually a couple of people off the front at this point, which I knew was a possibility, but this didn't worry me too much as I could see that there were plenty of quality teams in the group. The next section went well and I made my way to the front on a short road section before number 15. I missed the control after leaving the road, convinced we were heading too far left but no, the group was right. Not too much time lost but back in the panic zone chasing the front of the pack. Then to number 18, I could tell that we were too far left, and swung back to the right at first chance, but we stood as a big group just inside the circle as none could work it out. I think everyone with this forking dropped time here and those with the other were away into the night.
The last section went well, I maybe didn't push as hard as I should have - I knew I had no leeway for anymore mistakes, I just had to get into the finish without losing more time.. Happy enough with 20th and 1.47 behind after a difficult scrappy race.