Mass Start/Mass Finish course set by Boris. This was brilliant. And so much fun. I think it's fantastic training. In the beginning I was running among other people, but I had at least one control where everyone in front of me was running to a different place and it almost pulled me off (you can see it on the way to 3, I was tempted to run to the big boulder!). On the way to 4 I put myself one saddle ahead of where I really was and then was surprised when I just kept running and running. I slowed down (notice the red in quickroutes!) and figured it out. During the long leg I lost sight of people and then saw Kasper coming in from the other direction at 6. I messed up 7 - partly because it was wetter than I wanted it to be and partly because I was pulled off by Kasper. I then saw Boris and someone else in front of me going to 8 and 9, but then 9 I had to go up and over the hill, which I grumbled mightily to myself about at the time. Then from about 10 to 13 I saw people coming and going in all directions, but never mine. Then I was alone into the finish. 11 is my only noteworthy mistake. I tried to follow the hillside, which I did successfully, but the control was actually lower. I have this problem sometimes. I misinterpret the contours and then execute my plan perfectly, but my plan was flawed. This time, I ran out of hill and had to stop to reform the image of the area in my head. Turned around and could see if back and below me. Oh, and then I ran through the parking lot to the finish :) I think I was getting tired :)
There were many places where I could have saved some time (not getting pulled off on 3, accurate saddle reading on 4, not climbing the hill out of 5, flakiness on 7, shin slamming on 15, overrunning 16, brainless route to finish), but I am being pretty harsh on myself when counting all of these. Overall, I would call it a pretty clean race for me.