O Cup #4 UKR
Scanlon Creek Conservation Area
Wow, this race was educational - but not in the way one might guess.
I helped 'Bent get on his way to his volunteer dental mission in Guatemala yesterday, which meant a lot of help with last minute details followed by an evening of white knuckle driving to and from the airport in heavy snow. I'm proud of him but a little worried about their small plane flight within Guatemala (this turned out to be a bus ride and they’ve arrived - yay!) and the riverboat dental clinic in an area with malaria, dengue fever and maybe (or maybe not) crocodiles.
Today was snowy again so the driving wasn't great. I had to get things ready for the house/dog sitter and I still need to do most of my packing for my own flight to Arizona early tomorrow morning.
However, I thought I was totally cool with all of this until I started orienteering this morning. It's not uncommon for me to take a control or two to get a feel for a map, especially with a different scale (1:5,000). I'm pretty good at staying focused after an error and fixing whatever I did wrong. But from start to finish, this was chicken-with-head-cut-off navigation and I couldn't make it better. I knew what was happening and I wasn't able to do anything about it. Thinking back on it, I had a couple of cups of extra strong coffee shortly before the race and I wonder if I was super-caffeinated in addition to everything else.
My grand finale was racing into the finish from the wrong direction, then realizing I'd missed the last control. Luckily, they let me go back out to get it. I returned to the last control I'd visited so I would do the route to the finish properly. Looking at the GPS track and adding on the extra time for my 2nd run (no GPS track), I can count 20 minutes of errors out of 60 minutes of running - and that's ignoring small inefficiencies.
Wow. It felt like getting a lab test indicating that I'm sick but I didn't realize it until that moment. Apparently I’m pretty stressed out. Anyway, it was a super fun course on a beautiful wintry day. I was one of the few people to use snowshoes and I really enjoyed them although it was still lots of work in the fresh snow. I was leading the O Cup Series but today ended my short time at the top in spectacular fashion!
Thanks to Eugenius and Ihor for all their hard work in snowy weather to give us a fun time. Now to get back to packing.