Cycling1:00:52 17.44 mi (17.2 mph) +198m ahr:119 max:156
Took my bike in for a thorough tuneup last week, so now it's in top shape. Legs in a bit of a state after the past couple days.
The last couple days, I participated in an under-the-radar orienteering event put on by one of the local WIOL school teams, called "Chase for the Ca$e," because the prize was a mystery briefcase. There were 30-35 participants, mostly kids <15, a few older kids and parents, and myself playing the part of the orienteering role model / "fast guy." As someone with at least some relative accomplishment on the orienteering resumé it's always fun to get to play that role once in a while in the appropriate situations, and to get the "woah" reaction from people relatively new to the sport when they hear things like "National Team," "World Championships," etc. And to get to tell parents (in more diplomatic language) about how I was just as dumb and bad at orienteering at age 10 as their kid is.
Anyway, the event was in the style of Sprint Camp or SART, with seven well-organized, high-production-value, mostly sprint races over two days, all set with either pin flags or real orienteering markers and on six different quality orienteering maps all made by the school team themselves without assistance or guidance from Cascade OC. The scoring was done via handicap system, which was excellent, as it kept everyone invested and gave all the kids a chance to "win" any given race if they could run well and outperform their handicap.
What this group has been able to do is just awesome; they have a real program going, have been sending contingents to Junior Nationals for several years now, and have some kids who show real orienteering ability. They have team spirit, team apparel, team maps, team training sessions (or, did at least). I wish we had many more schools like this, and feel sad that there aren't more than maybe one other team in WIOL (and probably few even nationally) near their level of organization, participation, and enthusiasm. Their kids are already winning most of WIOL, and then they go to Nationals and win a lot of stuff there, which is great and all, but also for them has to be something of a "Is this all there is?" kind of feeling. Just another troubling sign of the sport's health at the youth level.