Joint 3rd in the course but joint silver in Irish champs, as Anton came 2nd.
Mixed race, some good patches, but a few little mistakes made it a bit scrappy.
Not good, not bad. Need to look into it a bit more, but gut instinct after race was 2mins would have needed a very good, so probably wasn’t beating Paul, so have to be fairly satisfied with the result. Still some work to do on the performance.
After further look:
Started alright up to 1, and got 2 nicely. Stayed right to 3, maybe not ideal as there was a lot of shite on the way in. In a decent rhythm mostly, small miss to 5. Clean to 6. Didn't feel all out gunning it, but I was getting the controls mostly cleanly and was backing my strength that the pace would be solid regardless, so I tried to put any thoughts of this to the side and focused on the map. Seemed mostly accurate so far. A fraction slower than Paul, but most of the time difference was my small time losses on 3 & 5.
Took a poor line out of 6 to the track and then cut through the open into 7, not sure which was the more costly error, but I nailed the control, so combined these routes cost me ~45s to the quicker guys. Taking the open was a poor decision, and maybe not quite reading enough leaving 6.
Didn't feel sprightly through the next section, but was still clean on 8, 9 and 10 and got to plan 11, and while again I was slightly off Anton & Paul's pace, I felt I was moving alright, so I'd just keep focused on the nav.
Couldn't see a route other than straight to 11, did veer to the crossing point in the 2nd half which was probably unnecessary but it was nice running, think this may partly explain being 30s down on the leg though. Had kind of picked out the next batch from 12 - 17 or so as the trickiest bit, particularly 12, so once again focused on trying to be clean. Got into 12 nicely which felt good, but maybe got a little carried away as I didn't check my compass enough and ended up left to 13 hitting the track bend, back in and got it (~20s), and then went around the green to 14 and a little sloppy in the circle (~15-20s), got 15 fine, stayed right on 16, but turned in a drain early and had to drop down and come back (~15-20s). I think I probably got a little tired in this section, and despite telling myself I just needed to be clean I was under-reading the map a little bit which was costly. Paul was probably similarly scrappy through here, but Anton was good through it.
it was fairly straightforward to the finish and I was struggling, but tried to keep grinding it out. I knew it wasn't as good a race as I'd hoped, but I knew it had still been solid and I wanted to make sure I kept giving it.
Overall, while I didn't feel absolutely brilliant out there physically, glad to see this wasn't the most relevant, and this will act as another race that confirms it is the navigation and the little details that are more important than the physical side.
The scrappines in the back end is a little disappointing, but I'm also relatively happy to be slightly disappointed with this performance, and think I am heading in the right direction. Looking forward to working on these little issues and building up into Norwegian terrain.