Just got back from a week of the Canadian Champs. Day 1 and 2 were the
Western Canadians, Day 3 a relay, Day 4 the short champs, and day 5/6 a
two day combined classic champs.
Here is my Western Canadians '03, Day 1 map.
Here is my Western Canadians '03, Day 2 map.
Always one of my favorite meets, since WCOC was my first A meet win. Had
a very good day day 1, day 2 a bit sloppy but no disasters. Parallel error
city on day 2. Terrain was open and fast. I was doing fairly well with my
new found ability of changing speeds, but my technique still leads itself
to parallel errors. Parallel error defense kept the errors manageable. I'll
work on prevention some other time -- too much to think about.
I developed a system of analyzing legs and route choices and how much
time is really lost. Its pretty simple, using time per k on good legs,
adjusting for terrain and climb, and comparing to bad legs or legs with
hesitation to see what is lost. I can also compare route choices this way
by factoring my time per k in the various terrains on various routes.
Using this analysis on day 1, my route on leg 1 was faster than the trail
run, yet the trail run route was faster on leg 11, by about a minute. This
is due to the navigational complexity on my route on leg 11 -- I hesitated
I lost 2 minutes on leg 8, tho I am not sure why. I had some hesitations,
but don't think it was that much. I can further the analysis by looking at
the field's splits for leg 8 to see if there is something intrinsic about
the leg, but the results have yet to be posted. It could also be the extreme
climb at the end of the leg, which forced me around rather than over, simply
because my legs refused to climb another line.
I'm not sure if this sort of analysis will be valuable, but I will try it
the rest of the season and see.
One other note, the maps were laser printed, 1:10, and I found them
acceptable. Never thought I'd see myself saying laser printing was
acceptable. I would not feel this way for the actual classic champs,
Our team won the relay. Third relay win in four tries. The secret to
winning relays seems to be to get on good teams. I was on a team with
Anelese Steubin and Eric Bone. We were up against a team of Thomas
Nipon (a top Canadian junior), an elite woman whose name I cannot
remember, and Ted de St. Croix. We won by about a minute and a half.
It was a blast.
I lost 50 seconds to Thomas on the first leg. Ran 5.7 min/k, so I guess
I can't complain. A.S. was even, so Eric went out 50 seconds or so
behind Ted, and won by about 30 seconds or so. Eric really had a
fantastic run. He was late in putting his shoes on, and was only
able to get one O show and one running shoe on in time, and ran the
race like that.
The thing that made this relay great is the way it was set in a
spectator friendly mode without really compromising the course. Due
to the sparseness of the trees, the second half of the first and third
loops could be seen. Eric came into the last part about 10 seconds
behind Ted, and you could see him put the race away on a hill climb
with 3 controls to go on the other side of the course. Tough to describe,
but very fun to watch.
Canadian Short Champs
Here is my Canadian Short Champs '03 map.
I don't care for short races. I did ok in this race, I guess. I went
straight on every control. The climb was wrong; the consensus was that
the contour interval was 7.5, not 5. It certainly felt like it. I
noticed in my analysis that my core time per k was basically around 6,
except after all the hill climbing, where it dropped to 7.5. Interesting.
Of course, time per k on the hills was 11-14.
Control #12 was mishung. I lost about 50 sec on this leg, and 80 sec
on the next one. I was surprised when I "boomed" 12, but it never
occurred to me it was mishung. I figured I was an idiot. I found it
by a back bearing off the finish chute -- turns out it was on line with
One runner lost 6 minutes, but the organizers required a $30 deposit
to protest. The runner didn't have the dough, so he let it pass.
Somehow I think this is bogus. I think the top runners may have
been unaffected (amazing how that happens), so I did not feel it
proper to protest myself.
Here is my Canadian Champs '03, Day 1 map.
Here is my Canadian Champs '03, Day 2 map.
Decent run day 1, bizarre run day 2. Day 2 boomed 12 of the 16 controls.
All booms quite small, tho. That is very odd for me -- I usually spike most,
and have bigger errors of getting lost on the way. This time, most problems
were in the short game. Weird. I did get out of my game plan on day 2, I
just decided to let it fly as fast as I could, and forgot my change of
speed in the attack. I think I lost 8-10 minutes, but was never really that
lost. Despite running as hard as I could for 12k, still wasn't tired at
the end of the race. Frustrating.
Again the chatter was that the interval was actually 7.5. The hills were
killer in any case.
Day 1 I lost 3 minutes on route choice on leg 2. I think leg 2 is a
fantastic leg. I'm not a great route choice guy -- route choice requires
more proactive visualization skills, I'm more reactive. Also, I'll usually
eat a line or two for safety or to cut down distance, but the lines here were
really 7.5, thus this choice is more expensive than it looks on paper, i.e.
avoiding steep terrain was more important than it looks.
Boomed leg 3, day 1 by not visualizing the circle. Did not like the laser
printed maps at all this time. Scale was 1:15. Had trouble reading the
lines, especially in the brown, and to some extent in the green on leg 3.
This really was a prob day 2, where, for example, #12 looks like its at
the level of the lake, so I blasted in over confident and got nailed by
a couple of 7.5m lines.
These two days were set by Ted. I think its fantastic course setting, tho
the terrain was basically easy overall.
These races were alot of fun in any case.