Jukola first leg - 1st, team dsq
Relaxed team atmosphere this year but still a bit nervous about the terrain as it looked very difficult.
The start was as manic as always and despite running pretty hard I struggled to keep my place in the train on the way to number one. I missed my control by about 10 m but I was in control and didn't lose too much time working out what I had done. I started to move up the train over the next few controls and by the first open area I could see the front of the train.
The next control (eight) looked very hard but I found it well and had slotted in behind Ralph. After we split, I continued to work my way up the train as best I could, getting more confident the closer we got to the end. I had a good balance between following the group and then focusing on my own navigation and I found all of my forkings fine.
On the way to the spectator there were four of us in a little group, myself, Ralph, OK Orion and IFK Goteborg. Once I realised it was mainly path running to the finish I tried to push on. It was very cool to be legging it toward the last control in the lead and to see Ralph running parallel in the forest next to me.
Gave it my best sprint finish and beat Ralph into the finish but then he handed over his map first.