DVOA Mt. Penn Pagoda Red.
A very good run. Immediately afterward, I decided it was probably my best of the year.
After some time has passed I have realized that 1) it wasn't that hard, and 2) there were a few problems (but not severe.)
I did two things extremely well: 1) I modulated my pace as appropriate, and 2) I ran in a very fault-tolerant manner.
In general, I maintained a very high (at least perceived effort) the whole way through. Physically, no complaints. But, I did slightly dial up or down as necessary.
More importantly, I think I did a good job maintaining the right level of attachment to the map. There were a number of controls (3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 13) where I would say there was something very noticeably wrong with the map along my route. But, in no case was it more than a passing bother for me. There were also two controls that were misplaced (7 and 10.) 7 you could see (if you looked in the right direction from the right location) and 10 you could almost see from the right location. (7 was really close, just not placed correctly.)
In some situations, these misplaced controls (say at WP this year) would have caused me a big problem. Today, barely a hiccup. I am not sure why. I don't expect technical precision at WP. I didn't expect Mt. Penn to be a perfect map, either. WP was an A event. But, I was very focused on this local event also.
Finally, I maintained very good concentration. For a variety of reasons, I didn't sleep well or much the night before, and there was an issue seething below the surface that I had to keep under. I guess I was able to do that.
One notable problem: on 9, my fault tolerance was apparently not good enough. I didn't have perfect contact as I got over the hill, but down into the white reentrant, I found a lot of barberry and really couldn't make sense of things. I go on some unmapped trail and had all sorts of minor hesitations, etc. It looks like I lost a minute or possibly two on that control. A better route and better execution would have helped a lot.