and summation. I'm a great supporter of letting matters settle then reflect. Glad you are comfortable with your performances.
Yes immediate post-race analysis is not a good thing. When I finished the middle in Austria, Kay was on the finish line and asked how I did and all I could say was 'That was total shit'. I still think that but after a poor first half of the race, I settled down and finished off strongly.
I also didn't let it get me down before the relay the following day where I had a solid performance and had other issues there anyway like having my jockey wheel falling to bits right before the race. Actually that was the second race that trip where I had something happen to my bike before the race then had a very good performance, with my gear cable falling out before the Hungary sprint!
I really hope we get more Aussie riders on the team next year although I have no idea how to entice them. Even having NZ competing was good fun, traveling as one team.
You did really well at WOC Ricky. Remember to judge yourself on your nav; mental coolness and fitness rather than placings...
You can only control your performance - all your reflection should hinge on that - not placings as a cold number.
Funnily enough my favourite race of WOC was the mass start and it wasn't my best performance. It was navigationally challenging whilst not being exceptionally difficult terrain (as the middle distance was) and it had all the excitement of two spectator run throughs plus it allowed the riders to push hard to keep ahead of other riders, being able to see them in the terrain.
The sprint I saw exactly one other person out there - the Spanish rider who passed me.