5am is earlier than optimal for leaving for a race. Warming up in darkness. Also cold.
Even though I nearly made it work, a mile out is too early to jump. The dynamics of that field were much different than a MABRA field. I took off at a spot where I expected a big swarm and reshuffle, but it didn't happen. I took one
look back and they were fully strung, several seconds back. I just didn't have that list bit of juice. The sprint was fully on when I got passed and the first dude past me won, so it was pretty close. But the
plan was to try and win, and that's what I tried.
So I get to chew on that one all winter.