I don't think there's any such thing as a European course that isn't short. We see fast times over and over again in Europe yet when those same competitors compete on U.S. courses their times are slower. IMO most fast European times, especially in this case when it comes to multiple fast age groupers, is directly related to a short course.
What a cosmopolitan, educated, and thoughtful response.
I should feel sorry for you that you never got to race abroad and see how you actually perform in a foreign country.
You would win every race abroad, if you would actually go, wouldn't you?
Right now, most of the time, you can't even win in Hawaii.