Tiomila selection race. No way we could run this up in NSK-land (still 50cm of snow in much of the forest) but there was basically snow-free terrain just south of the city and on the water at Ingjerstrand. Unfortunately our driver took a costly wrong turn on the way and we pulled into the parking lot just a few minutes before the start.
Mass start with urettferdig gafling and with 30 starters it did have a bit of relay feel. The run to the start triangle was 600m up (seriously) a trail. I think I would lag behind most of the field on such a run anyway, but with sore legs and no warmup I was soon one of the very last. I wasn't too worried since I knew my competition would not be able to keep it up too long.
Found them all again in the area of the first control as it seemed like almost all of us with my forking missed the control and were totally confused. Someone found it, we all punched, and off we were. Sort of like a reset of the start.
Back and forth with the others at basically my level until I got into a bit of a groove, dropped some people, passed the others, and reached the "arena passage" alone, with the group behind me. I thought I was home free for the last loop but they all (5) reappeared and passed or caught me just before punching the penultimate control. I managed to push a bit at the end to finish ahead of them, a small victory considering I was 33 minutes slower than the winner, baby-bump Hausken.
There were a few legs where I was reading often and had very good control and really felt like I was orienteering. And a few where I clearly wasn't, especially in the final approach. If I can focus on the former I can have a solid run at Tiomila.
Splits (common controls)