Will update properly soon but here is a quick summary of EYOC.
Thursday- lots of travel and a short jog round the sprint model map with Chris.
Friday- AM Long and Relay model map, mostly positive apart from one control where the vegetation was out of date on the map, and useful to get a feel for the areas. PM Sprint race, technically good, apart from missing one route choice and running the wrong way round a bush. 22nd, just lacked the pace of the winners. Course was pretty easy which didn't suit me.
Saturday- Long. The main race which I had been targetting all year. Didn't feel super fast beforehand, which combined with my result in the sprint knocked my confidence physically. Didn't slow down and take a bearing out of the start, just ran off on rough compass. Took a while to get into the scale. Misread the direction of the slope near the control. Took a bad route into it, should have played it safe, and didn't slow down enough to pick up the detail. Used the brilliant attackpoint of a boulder in a boulderfield. 2mins lost. Caught by the guy 2mins behind me, got distracted by keeping up with him, again wasn't careful enough with navigation and missed 2. Saw some M18s going to their control and got dragged further off line. Eventually relovated. 4mins lost. 3 I hit ok, was just slow and took a bad route. 4 I rushed too much and missed. 1min. From there improved technically, not perfect but no real misses. Struggled to focus knowing I'd already blown it. Would have been 4th without those large mistakes.
Sunday- Relay. Brilliant first leg from Matt who was 3rd at spectator and 6th at the finish, 30 secs down on 2nd. Got very excited at this point, and was riding an adrenaline high until the leaders went through the spectator on 2nd leg. Sadly Chris had a bad run and lost time, so was waiting for a while, which meant my legs got quite stiff and the adrenaline levels plummetted. Set out just ahead of an Austrian runner. Decided to try and push hard anyway, and get the best result possible from that position. Pushed hard to one, which I then missed, due to not slowing down enough and not understanding how the vegetation was mapped. All hopes of a fastest leg time gone, I focused on getting round with as little time loss as possible. Didn't spike 6, and exit direction was bad, so by the time I started running in the right direction I was off line, which cost me time to 7. From then on a few small misses but mostly good. Passed the Austrian and some other teams to pull up a few places. Overall more disappointed with myself than the team result, Chris really went for it and gave it everything but at the end of the day it wasn't to be. Still, some great potential for future relay teams, and another international relay under my belt, so a couple of positives there.