That's more like it!
Lost 2 minutes in the circle on the first control decided it was all over, but instead of getting all sulky like I usually do when things don't go my way on a long, I sucked it up and got my act together.
Stuck to my plan of taking the long legs as straight as possible and pushing on the climbs out of the river beds, as even though they're steep, they're usually only 3 or 4 contour lines.
Lost a little time on 7 when I got distracted by another competitor and swung left. Got to the map exchange still feeling pretty fresh but shocked to be announced in the lead - that doesn't happen as a rule.
Didn't go straight to 15 like I should have, I fell victim to the sneaky course planning there. Mental fatigue started to kick in and was sloppy in the circle at 15 and 17, but was still running OK.
Saw Robbie as I came out of #19 which was the motivation I needed to finish off the course - forced myself to chase him down on the final loop.
This was enough for the win, which I'm super stoked with - but I'm more happy that I was able to run strongly for the whole race and was primarily by myself for all of it. There's still work to be done - there was more time loss than I'd like in there, but winning does feel good :)