Both the cross country and the marathon the day after played out very similarly
Course: Awesome. Fast and long descents, long climbs. The long climbs suited me well. There was a fun descent in the marathon race: the most perfect berms that I have ever ridden in my life, and some gnarly rock sections. Kudos to the builders (who also happened to be the organizers!)
Technique: There were some timed downhill sections in the marathon race, but there was some climbing in the timed sections, so my losses did not look as severe. While I was within the top 10 fastest racers in both races, I was mid pack on the timed downhills. Obviously room for improvement.
Engine: The engine did not let me down. I ended up doing a lot of riding with my teammates, but was able to outlast them by the finish line by crushing the climbs.
TSN turning point: No real turning point, except maybe catching and dropping riders who had blown up in both races. I had to battle back after the descents, and I had to made sure I put enough time into my rivals on the climbs.
Anyways, a super fun race, awesome course, awesome organizers, shame there wasn't more people there...
Both races. I have to figure out how to separate the workouts!