I sill have no time, but feel the need to write. I'm thinking about
what I should do with this olog. If I were to write a regular blog,
stuff like this would appear --
(from an article on
Fox Sports about protesting at The Masters)
The sheriff's office has approved protest permits for eight groups.
[Martha Burk, who heads the National Council of Women's Organizations] and
[Jesse] Jackson plan to demonstrate against the all-male membership. Two
groups have received permits to protest against Burk. Another group plans
to protest against Jackson. A one-man faction of the Ku Klux Klan, who lists
Tiger Woods as his favorite golfer, will support Augusta National's rights to
Another man wants to demonstrate in support of President Bush's war policy.
Then there's Deke Wiggins and his "People Against Ridiculous Protests." Their
permit has been approved, too.
I find this absurdly surreal for some reason. If I had the kind of time and
money to be a protester for or against these things or for or against the
protesters of these things, and so on, I'd use it to become a better
orienteer instead. Do these people not have a life, or do I not have a
If I were to stick to olog writing exclusively, perhaps I'd write things
for intermediate orienteers, like this I wrote on the DVOA board. The
problem was that I found most people who read my olog were better orienteers
than me. It would feel weird. I also would have no idea if what works for
me is good advice for others. I find my technique in some ways different than
others I talk to.
Perhaps I would write about being on the USOF Board. Perhaps not
[big edit] except to say I am strongly
reconsidering (and certainly regretting) my decision to run for a second
Perhaps I should just stick to routes and races. I had my best two day
A meet in South Carolina, I think. Missed silver on M21 by 1 second, but
was under 8.5min/k both days on very physical maps which I consider "fiction".
Its interesting, the last time I was there, I said the maps were fiction --
they are fine if you ignore the contours and vegetation. Now I say they are
fiction -- they're fine if you realise that the contours are over-generalized
and the vegetation is under mapped. I take this finer degree of
recognition as a sign of getting better, and the fact that I was able
to adjust to these problems as an encouraging sign. Some people,
especially on red, had disastrous times.
Day 1 I had nearly a clean run. Some early route choice/contact wabbles
and a small, late, boom, and finished about 4 minutes behind the winner,
and 1:58 ahead of third. It was raining and that slowed me down. I think
that helped, as the heavy rain on my legs prevented me from outrunning my
navigation. Despite the fact that I'm slow, I think navigation, not
physical training, is limiting me at this point.
That set up day 2, 1:58 ahead of the runner (Ted Good) starting 2:00
behind me. My
fear was him catching me early, staying with me, and beating me in the
chute. Exactly what happened. Unreal. A boom on 2, and problems en
route to 3 allows the two minutes to be made up. I bail him out of his
boom on 3, and drive the rest of the way. 10 is a long leg where I
try gain on route choice -- my route choice I think was superior to his, but
he changed to mine and caught me. I think running together helped both of
us push and run with confidence, being alone either compromised my
push, confidence, or both. He beats me to 10 by a few seconds as I
get tangled in some green, but I'm
back in the lead at 12. I try to pick up speed on the trail run into
the second to the last control, but cut in early and high -- the 5
second boom allows him to angle to the control as he sees me head down.
This is where I lost the race. I get to the GO control first, but he
makes up all but one second on me in the chute (I'm a dog slow sprinter),
and that was enough to beat me in the two day by one second.
Its interesting to analyze this and discover what a bad race tactician
I am. I did ok navigating, and making sure I didn't lose him -- the
confidence and push factor were too valuable for either of us to risk,
even tho neither "followed", really. But on the second to the last
control, on the trail run, I should have sprinted all out. The navigation was
easy. The chance was there to break his morale, and he said it would
have. But I didn't think of it, and didn't really know how much I
could sprint. Previously, in races, I just run down the chute at
race pace. I didn't know I had a sprint gear above race pace until
this run in. But I should have used this gear on that trail run,
not saved it for the chute.
and day 2