With the Spring season fast approaching an end, summer will soon be blazing down upon the hinterlands in a fiery change of climate, and New England will be engulfed, as will the rest of the East, and the Sunbelt, and the Heartland, and really almost everywhere else except for a few select western mountain locales such as the Plains of Despair.
Orienteers all over America will feel the heat, the humidity, the deerfly, the itch of the poisonous ivies, and they will begin to wonder how they will survive. And especially how to best begin their preparations to take on and best the Canadian hordes in the North American Championships?
Perhaps a few will achieve inspiration, and remember: Laramie Daze! Laramie Daze--where good orienteers go to get better.
Or perhaps it will be more than a few. You never know.
At any rate, preparations for a fine Daze are underway. For instance, even today test runs were conducted on the Daze 1 course. Even allowing for considerable bias and subjectivity, it was a blast and everything one would hope for a Daze 1 course. It had character, speed, style, variation, substance, and even a little bit of sage. New mapping, a new area. So fine!
5.7 kms and 10 controls, and the time to beat is 41 minutes flat. With a decent race field and some lean, mean runners with competitive juices flowing, that time shouldn't be hard to beat. For that matter, there are some women who obviously know something about kicking ass and taking names, and if the right ones show up, maybe one or more or them can come back in under 41.
Would you like a sneak preview? Ok, sure. Here's a map snip showing the virginal control #1 placement--the first control on the first day of Laramie Daze on the first use of this super moosy map!:
And here's what it looks like in the terrain:
I know some folks will look at this and think: "a control on a feature of actual mappable size, and set so you can actually see the control when you see the feature? why isn't it buried down in the ground juniper? it's too easy, someone might find it." Well, did you really expect an Easter Egg hunt? And if you did, too bad--that's not how we do things out here at Laramie Daze. Easter has come and gone, so just deal with it. ; )