I used my Paragon for all tasks all the way up to Level 4 and some contest wins of Level 5. After that, the AVA came out and I used it for the remaining two contest wins, the cross-country run and the 8-hour slope flight.
With a pound of ballast in the AVA I managed the 10K out and return in a bit over an hour in Rosamond, CA (Mojave desert). I put the Alti logger into it at the time to record my attempt. Basically scooped a thermal to the top, flew like mad loosing most of the altitude to reach my goal, looked for another thermal, and so on. Needed about seven of them... See attached graph - what a rush!