This is the first part of last weekend's race at French Creek.
I had a decent race, winning by about 6 minutes (tho it is possible
the first control was mishung, so it may not mean much), but I did
boom one of these controls for about 3 minutes, and its been
The question is, which control did I boom? Is it obvious from the map?
It certainly isn't obvious to me, or, it wasn't obvious to me beforehand
which control would be especially difficult.
I've identified this as a problem with my technique. I have trouble
identifying difficult controls. All of these controls looked easy,
and all but one were. I tend not to slow down when I think the controls
are easy, and probably think they are easy more often than I should.
I guess there are a few possibilities here. Perhaps all the controls
are difficult, and I have about a 90% chance of hitting them under my
Perhaps I should change from what I call my "line O" technique of
more or less constant speed (when I am comfortable with the terrain)
to more of a "traffic light/attackpoint" technique, which involves
approaching most controls more cautiously from an attackpoint after
running fast to the attackpoint (or so I'm told). If that is the
case, I'll be unnecessarily cautious 90% of the time in situations
like this where the controls look easy. But perhaps it will only
cost 10 seconds per control, so an investment of 100 seconds may
save 180 seconds. (O is certainly the same game as golf, but I've
also always believed it is the same game as economics). OTOH, this
race involved 17 controls, so it would have been more like break
even, but with no chance of saving the 3 minutes if I were cautious.
Or, perhaps there is a skill to discerning which controls to be wary
of. Obviously, we have that skill to some extent, but it would be nice
to hone it to such a razor sharp precision where you can have your
cake and eat it too in this economic game. I wonder if that is possible.
Well, I'm not particularly happy with the way I've explored this
topic, tho I think there is money to be made here. Anyway, #7 was the
one I boomed for 3 minutes. Seems hard to believe, such a well bounded
control. I (apparently) misread the reentrant to the right on the
way in. I'm actually not sure how I boomed it, to be honest. Then
I boomed it again after a solid relocation.