22 days with either a race or training virtually
every day, in rugged, hilly terrain.
Started off at WMOC in Weiner-Neustadt, Austria, where I
missed qualifying by less than 2 minutes (and tho I did
better than I expected in this regard, I made enough
mistakes that I should have qualified).
Then went down to Croatia for 4 races in 3 days, back up
to Slovenia for some training and a race, then over to
Zermatt, Switzerland, for 6 races, 5 at serious altitude
on serious hills.
Watched my average time per K for 2006 jump from 8.31 to
8.95 over the course of the trip, but still have a chance
to break my PR of 8.97 for a year. Most of the jump was due
to tons of climb, rugged terrain, a jetlag race, and sprints
with around routes, but there were a couple of turkey races
thrown in there. I was also sick pretty much the whole
trip, which sucked, and didn't help the racing.
I'm shot, and I could see my physical performance decline
on a daily basis in the Zermatt races. I don't fare to well
at altitude. I was technically pretty much ok until I tanked
both physically and technically on the final day of the trip.
I took close to 500 pics. I hope a few are salvageable to
post. I also hope to post maps and routes over the next
few days. I'm not sure I'll have any time to write an
article about the trip, tho, if I expect to set courses for
the sprint finals and the Stumble (actually the Stumble is
already set, and I've even wrote a program that solves the
N-P complete problem of the optimal route, but I have to
get into the terrain to check and streamer control locations).