◪ race (Sprint Green-X) 17:06  *** 3.5 km (4:53 / km) +50m 4:34 / km
spiked:15/18c shoes: Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2
nice sunny day, warming up quickly. Not so much can be said for my brain. I got disoriented in the start triangle, ran ~ 50 m in the wrong direction (90 degrees error), stopped, came back to the start, reoriented my map, nothing made sense, but I forced myself to run in the right direction and than understood that wooded cemetery was mapped as semi open (yellow), that was ~ 40-45 sec. Got a little hesitant on a way to 2, trying to understand how to get to #2 on a balcony corner. Brain is waking up and finally I am getting in to this race. But, I am in ~ 50 sec deficit, that my legs can not buy me. No big deal, moving well, breathing hard. #7 puzzled me, too many thick black lines close to control on best approach, but I took this risk, and there still something funky mapped there, since I saw nothing but stairs around there, hence that all shell be thin lines.
I figure that was ~ 10 sec slowdown. From there it was a sprint I like, no traps, quick decision on route, fast running and clean execution, may be a second here and there. Third at the finish line, 42 sec back to Niels and Oivind, who tied for the win.
Over all, happy with my racing over this weekend, minimum goal to get at least one medal, I settled for two second places behind Niels and a bronze finish today.