OK, time for the recapitulation of 2009.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." and you can keep going, as much more of that quotation is applicable.
One salient feature about 2009. It was a lot of orienteering, across multiple dimensions and probably (OK, definitely) too much across some.
It was a good training year. 458 hours: by far, my most logged, and my most training, logged or not, since college. Over 100 of orienteering, on 97 sessions (big thanks to Ken for making these recaps stupid easy.) There was also some quality training in the fall, and I got faster. Now, I am in a trench.
The other salient thing about this year is that I spent 75% without a full-time job, although that 75% was, for better or worse, not devoid of work, just devoid of much pay.
But, in any case, orienteering could fill that void, and it did in some good and some not so good ways. The good ways was the training. I got to do some good long runs, and my conditioning was very good throughout most of the year. I enjoy being in shape, and it wasn't a problem this year.
It also gave me a good platform to stave off injury/illness, which I sort of did, although I managed to repeatedly tweak my COC-destroyed ankle. With the blows it had taken earlier in life, I wonder if it is too far gone for full recovery?
Anyway, it also gave me a chance to orienteer. And so I did. I had 30 ranked A meet days in 2009 (almost twice as much as any other blue guy, and even more than Cristina.) I attended a lot of sprints (enough that I won the SS, although that didn't seem to mean anything and I am not going to endeavor to do that again.)
My results were erratic, as they always are, but my ~91 score is probably about right. Technically, I think I got off to a good start in the spring (the same way I get off to a good start when I don't play golf for a while--practice actually makes me worse.) So, better practice is required, and I have some thoughts about that, but that's for later.
From a competitive point of view (individual races) there were some good things. US Relays, TT Long, Highlander, a few DVOA races.
From a set point of view--I fumbled my way onto the WOC team due to some key people who declined. I would have been happy enough with my TT performance, but my sprint was ridiculously bad, and I still haven't gotten over that. I will say I wasn't mentally calibrated going in. Anyway...
WOC was decent. My long race was OK from a physical perspective, but with just some stupid flow/execution problems. The sprint was bad, and sort of dispiriting. I could have been better technically--much better flow and micro route choices--but not too, too much. I wonder now if I am better at forest vs city sprints? Anyway... I liked WOC a lot, but that terrain was made for me, and I should have done better when given an opportunity.
I won the DVOA rankings race, which I was happy about, and have sort of satisfied my quest there. So, that brings me to goal setting, which needs to be fleshed out in other fora and/or posts.
Honestly, I have just one goal at this point. I need to have a job; something for intellectual succor. Otherwise, I will not have the psychological vigour to train right, nor the ability to focus appropriately. I cannot set out performance or racing goals until I get my life in order. Unfortunately, I don't know how long that will take.
But, in terms of other orienteering commitments, and to recap that dimension from 2009... in 2010, I am doing far less.
I will help at the US Team/WCOC fundraiser; I will help Brendan with a CSU training camp (because they had the chutzpah to sign me up for that without my consent); I will do the DVOA HR camp; I will set the Sprint A meet courses for the DVOA A meet; and I will write periodic columns for the DVOA newsletter. Oh, and my one remaining USOF committee, which should be dormant for a while. That is it! Nothing else! NO! I will do a little for each of my clubs and the Team in this way. And it already seems like too much.
Somehow, I felt buried under orienteering in 2009. CSU A meet, trainings, local events; WCOC local event; DVOA training, writing, event, and day of event volunteering; Team fundraisers of various stripes and the training camp; USOF committees and stuff/discussions with ED. It wasn't fun at the end, and quality slipped (CSU local event) and I also was getting too wound up in orienteering and posted some stupid things. A little less stuff flying around would be well advised, I think.
So, that is it for this installment.