you pulled up 2 places on last leg of Two - always a stacked leg, so be very pleased with yourself. If you can find some errors in there then be even more pleased, there is more to come.
Don't beat yourself up over time lost on what you thought were good routes.
Those guys are picking the best lines because they are on home ground, they do Scandinavia all the time. Parachuting in you aren't going to have the nuanced understanding that they have, of the terrain, maps, routes etc.
You done good.
I am very pleased. I just thought it was interesting to see that there was time disappearing that I didn't notice while I was out there. And your right Andy a lot has to do with terrain knowledge but it is a good reminder that the o still needs just as much improving as the fitness. But its nice to see such a small gap to the top guys :)
The gap isn't very big and in more neutral terrain (Estonia?) their home advantage won't be so pronounced.
Colin McIntyre always reckoned the locals could run 20-30secs/km quicker just by knowing instinctively where to go for the nice running - ridges or slopes, edge of marsh etc.