Thanks for the play-by-play write up! I pulled up the RouteGadget and it was fun to follow along.
And congratulations again!
Thanks! I spent more time writing up my race than it actually took me to run the race!
Also, looking at RouteGadget and WinSplits, I won this race primarily on my route to #1, which was directly impacted by me preparing before the race.
At the end of the day, I beat Giovanni by 57 seconds. I went around the cemetery, and he went through, and I beat him by 28 seconds on this leg alone. And because I was planning ahead while along the road, I picked up another 14 seconds on him by #5. First 5 minutes: 42 seconds faster, Last 13 minutes: 15 seconds faster.