10mila - Leg 9. Out in 37th, back in 34th.
Map - https://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2018042810milaH9/
Unfortunately it didn't go so well for us during the night this year, and we missed the crucial long night trains. This meant we were quite far behind the front by the later legs and when we got to the arena I realised that my 1.50am alarm was very premature (started ~6.50).
Still, I had the luxury of little pressure on me compared to last year's excitement, and I even got to check out a couple of the routechoices on the big screen before I started!
Ran solo and really enjoyed myself. The course, map and area were absolutely awesome and a real joy for orienteering on. I think this was the nicest orienteering I've done in many months.
The strategy was the same as if we were fighting in the top 10 - safe routes, deliberate processes, compass in the flat areas and no unecessary risks. Probably partly because of this approach, I didn't find things generally very difficult (though can see it would be difficult in the dark as any ground-to-map relocation was super hard) and was happy with my technical performance. Just a couple of control circles where I lost confidence in the last 50m and spent 30s trying to confirm things.
If this were an individual race, I would want to feel some more urgency and straighten up some routes, but today I'm pleased with what I did. Some minutes off the fastest but I know that I react well to the pressure of high competition and would have run faster if I were near the front.