Here is the Day 2 classic distance with routes.
I guess I should write something about the team trials. First of all,
congrats to the people who made the team!
I didn't have a chance to make the team, of course, but my goal was to
not be a total duffer. I was a total duffer on day 1 on the technical
Surebridge map, losing 12 minutes on the 11th control. I'm not a very
good technical orienteer, and not particularly good at damage control.
But there is no excuse for losing 12 minutes. Should have lost 2 or 3
minutes. Definite panic when I could not find the stream that was the
obvious catching feature on the leg. I guess I should look at the
positives -- I spiked most of the controls, including 6 of the first
8, and #7 which gave alot of people alot of trouble. I think I was
moving sub 11 min/k up to that point, not too bad considering the wet
rock and overall physical and technical terrain. I had some trouble
with #9, distracted by others. We have to figure a way to get training
on technical maps. I think I may have been overconfident, having run
the model at about 8.5min/k.
Day 2 was a bit better. I didn't have a good run, but placed higher
than I expected to, beating some people I didn't expect to considering
the lousy run.
I had a really bad plan to get to leg 2, and executed it even worse.
I wanted to finess thru the green rather than take the longer, but
whiter and more obvious route around. I've never quantified it before,
but when J-J caught me at #2, having started 6 minutes behind, I
realised it was possible to lose 6 minutes on route choice! That was
more than I lost on booms the whole rest of the course. I always
figured route choice was about 1-2 minutes at most at stake. Good
learning experience. I guess my estimates didn't account for
stupidity. I also didn't know how bad the green was.
I had execution problems on #3, then #4, then boomed #5. But then
I pulled it together and had a pretty good race from then on, with
only a slight boom on #14. I wish I knew why it all clicked into
place. Was the latter part of the course easier?
There were a couple of interesting things that happened. Eric Bone
caught me about 200m from #7. I managed to stay with him almost to
#8. But we took different routes at many points and I was definitely
playing my own game. But what is weird is that I felt physically I
could stay with him, at least for a decent while, more than a minute
or two. It was only until we took different routes to attack 8 that
I lost him, and it wasn't because he outran me. I lost him because
when running with others, you are pushed (or was his route better?).
I can't push myself when running alone in the forest. But I felt I
could run even faster. Just not and maintain contact.
On the long sidehill run to #15, I was just behind Syd. We were on
the indistinct trail that runs along there. I was counting what I
called the terrace-like spur things along the way. Syd hesitated
about 200m before the control and looked like he was going to go
down the hill. He thought we were there. That would have been a
disaster for him. I knew we were short and almost yelled
out "you're short -- keep going". But I didn't. He figured it out
and nailed the control.
It brings up an interesting dilemma, though. Syd missed making the
team by about 4 seconds. The fact that he was so close caused me to
think about something I otherwise would have long forgotten.
If I helped, could he have saved those 4 seconds in hesitation? I
don't think so in this case, but that's not really the point. Are
we obliged to keep our mouths shut in a situation like this? I'm
sure glad I did -- I possibly should not have even been on the course,
so the fact that I could have had an effect on the outcome is scary.
OTOH, when you see someone about to make a boom, and you're not really
directly competing with them, rooting for the best to do well, part of
human nature says you should be nice and not let them get in trouble.
It would have made me feel good, and helped him, to save him from
the potential boom. But it would have been wrong, unfair to everyone
So I've been thinking about this for the past week. I guess silence
is always the best policy, no exceptions (except in a goat or for
newbies). But then perhaps people could get angry at me for knowingly
letting them get in trouble. Syd would not do that, but some stranger
in some race somewhere could. I guess that's tough tomatoes. I guess
this is why I suck, I'm always thinking of the wrong things. But for
whatever reason, I find this situation not black and white.
Anyway, it was a fantastic weekend of races, much higher quality than
many races that have been "sanctioned" in the past.