Again fairly happy with this season opener. 39 out of 80 or so in the Super Elite category. https://photos.app.goo.gl/x96a7HL2BwsDfx677
Lacking a good bit of precision at the start in part due to running at 1:15. But after that I started really rolling with really good flow. I was caught by Ek-Larsson at 15. He passed me on 16, then made a mistake on 17. And kept up his pattern of pass and mistake until after 20 when he just started following me. But I'm reminded that I'm not used to racing with others around. So I lost focus on my race and was too worried about him following me. I stopped too early at 21 and he went ahead.
Started getting tired towards the end. It's still early in the season for me to maintain that pace for +1h30.
It's tough to connect it fully, but my map reading was significantly better today than in years prior. I seemed to feel a benefit from the simulation exercises. They were particularly useful in looking past all the details and just reading the contours. I've tried to focus only on the contours in the past and have often failed. After so many simulation exercises focused on 3D map reading, I am starting to feel confident about doing this while racing.