O Log - Back from Europe

[23-Jul-06] 

    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).

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