Qualification went well. Felt comfortable even though I pushed reasonably hard and navigationally was fine.
Final. I was gutted and a bit angry when I finished. I perceived it as a bad run, in the cold light of day it was pretty average. The issue was my attitude. I was the wrong side of the tree at number one and with a bush and a tree there was no real way of getting around. This made me stressed and when I picked my route to number 3 I immediately spotted a "better" route and kicked myself the whole way. My route wasn't so bad, I lost nine seconds to the fastest route (and probably too someone who was running faster anyway. This was basically how the race continued. I made a couple of genuine mistakes (5-10s) and a lot of hesitations.
I think it probably came down to a lot of things. My run up hasn't been great and maybe I pushed to hard in the qualifier. In not going to risk it though. The heat was probably another factor, I felt awful and running two races in the heat in one day might have been to much. I paid more attention to preparing for the qualifier and it showed. The positives? I made in general good decisions even though at times my execution was off and I didn't have any flow or commitment. I also came 18th. This is the world champs and in the circumstance I will take that.
Looking back I'm not so disappointed I'mh the race but with my attitude.
I think this will prove to be a useful experience to have had.