◪ race (Middle Green-X) 29:31  **** 4.5 km (6:34 / km) +115m 5:49 / km
spiked:14/18c shoes: Icebugs Spirit 2016
Dark, low crowds and thick canopy, made map perception without the lens close to impossible. I used all defensive tactics I know for that situation - shorter legs meant good compass work, distance estimation, get into control circle, read control description, look around and spot a bag - worked well. Longer legs, get to ski trail, mostly open, use day light and magnifier to get full picture of the situation on approach to control, attack fairly aggressively on memory - worked well, too. Not much went wrong, today, on the way to 3 I dropped perpendicular to the slope lines, where I needed to traverse at the angle, as a result I was a bit off the line and had to figure that out and correct for that ~ 20 sec. missed 8 by reasonable amount on a short leg, had to stop and correct, another 20 sec. Misread forest trails a little bit on a longish leg to 11, realized it soon but, climbed extra and stopped in confusion for several seconds, so another 20 sec there. On a long leg did not see that same trail I was on goes all the way to my control, went straight. Stopped to check situation, when crossed same trail right before the control, ~ 10 sec on that. Clean and fast on downhill controls towards finish arena, just got confused by the last control which was mapped as a single tree but from my approach looked like forest cluster, may be 10-15 sec there. Niels had a great race beat my by almost 3 minutes. I do not think I posses that kind of speed at the moment (or ever).