Starting at this point in winter o' last year, i was unable to finish the courses. so either the courses this year are easier or i am getting better - probably a bit of both? in any case - hooray! :D
It's probably a little bit of both. The Winter Series usually starts at easier venues and progresses harder as the season goes along (this isn't always the case, depending on things like course designers).
So if you started running the advanced courses last January, the first events you went to were going to be the hard-ish ones, and then this November/December were back to easy-ish ones.
But, you're also getting better, so it's really both things. Hooray!
thanks for the hooray! :)
i did advanced for all of Winter Series last year, but it was at the sixth and seventh races that i wasn't able to finish the courses. i'm pretty sure i am getting better, but my intuition also tells me that some of the venues this year have been easier than last year's (fort steilacoom vs. putney woods). i guess i'm not really sure how much of it is that i know more what i'm doing this year or that the venue is actually more challenging.