Parkrun and XC the day before. Never underestimate the effect those efforts can have - even more so when it's grim and everything has to work harder to keep going. Weekend warrioring is all well and good though I do question it when the 2nd race is as committing as Trigger can be!
I'm sure you're right... I wasn't expecting it to be quite that bad. The winning time was very impressive given the conditions. Back to regain your title next year?