behind the "flying frenchman himself"
That is not a long way back in anyone's books!!
...time for that trip to NZ I think. If you leave now you can make the QB day weekend races with still a day or two for jetlag recovery ;)
I don't know what result list you have been looking at. Had I been three minutes behind I would have been ecstatic (or assumed that Thierry had been running with a broken compass, no map and in a pair of slippers)! No, the truth is that I was a staggering ... wait for it ... 4:43 behind! Yes, it's shocking but true.
Of course, the reason this is significant is that the official* limit of shame is being within 10%.
Anyway, going into exile might indeed be the proper action to take, but the entry deadline has already passed so it will have to wait until later!
* official as in decided unanimously by me
Ah. I'm not sure I agree with your limits. Going off them, I think I've been shamed in every middle and long race I've done at World Cup or WOC level. And with Maja and Judith in form, probably in the sprints too...
Still, the JWOC selection guidelines for NZ (at least 10yrs ago) was being within 125% of the elite winner...so you're still well within qualifying for the French JWOC team, using NZ rules?! ;)
But if that's still not enough, Queen's Birthday is a week later in Aus than in NZ, entries there may still be open? Warmer too.
Australia aka death by snake? Hmmmm, I think I'll pass. New Zealand it'll have to be, but not until next winter-summer!
Also, my main goal for next year will now be to qualify for the French JWOC team.