Hey Michael looking forward to your analysis. Either way keep your head up and see what you can learn from it. Your doing a lot of great training it takes time for the work to transfer into applying it to a race. Try to identify at least one thing you did well before going to what did not go well.
On a personal note you are starting to develop good navigational habits. It helps to remember that you have been approaching your training in certain ways before this, some have worked well for you and others have not. You are seeing what you need to change and often in this process the old habits die hard. So Stay persistent and keep following though and you will hit your mark.
Thanks. I'm noticing myself not making as many terrible mistakes and building better habits in the woods which is awesome. I just haven't been able to turn out any good race results here so far, which is frustrating me long term.
I totally get it! Everything is pointing to the fact that you are doing the right things. As an athlete it's easy to see training success and expect to see the same results in a race. The reality is it takes time. For now treat races as trainings. So in training you have taken on the attitude that your not going to sacrifice practicing good habits for speed. I think you should carry this same attitude into your races for now. Practice racing buy focusing only on the process of good navigation and leave placing, min per k pace to the analysis afterwards.