Here is the Relay Champs '07, 4pt Anchor Leg map, and here are my routes.
Mediocre race. Was way to cautious. Was running not to
lose rather than to win. Did gain a place, tho. (Well,
technically I went out 5 seconds ahead of JF, but I'm
not counting that). My goal when I went out was to gain
the one place I thought I could, on the ROC team, and I
did. Passed their anchor runner in the area of the third
control, and did not lose that place. Overall, we were
4th, which I feel was our best possible outcome. I think
everyone else on the team did better than me, tho I certainly
did not do badly.
The problem was, once I gained that place, I really tightened
up. I don't really like racing in those conditions. I was
so cautious to not make the train wreck of a mistake, and
while that was appropriate relay strategy given the conditions,
and I was successful at it, I didn't enjoy it that much.
This tightness led to a sort of bobbily/wobbily approach,
as I had no flow. Another thing that disrupted my flow was
to have to constantly unfold the map to look at the codes and
descriptions. This is the same for everyone, but it really
does hurt my flow, and when I have bad flow and timing, I
pull up short on features, and wobble/bobble before getting
My lack of focus was evidenced by confusion over where to
put the map at the map exchange. There was no box, and
I didn't want to just drop it on the ground, since tons
of runners were running both ways thru this control. So
I handed it to Spike. I didn't know what else to do; this
goes to show how poor my focus and concentration was, as I
was thinking about all this at the time. I hope he didn't
think I was too weird. (Well, I am weird, but I like to
think it is in a good way).
Well, fine organization, course setting, venue, atmosphere,
weather, etc. No complaints on that end except the request
that code numbers are printed on the map after the control
numbers. But I always whine about that.