CSU A-Meet Day 1, Middle distance prologue
Started off by messing up #1, and I still don't understand what was happening on the map in the circle there. Was lucky to find the control after that. Ran well to #2 until attacking a bit late and ending up low, having to climb back up and around. Clean to #3 and #4, where I was caught by Eddie who started 2 minutes before me, but made a bigger mistake earlier. We took slightly different routes to #5, #6, and #7, and Eddie was gradually pulling away. He was running much faster than me and navigating cleanly, but not very smoothly. He'd often take right angles or leave controls in a slightly wrong direction to give me a chance to catch up a little bit. He finally dropped me after taking a smarter approach to #10, going around the final hill while I went over the top. Having company definitely helped me push myself harder and run faster, even though we were orienteering independently.
Ended up 1st, 11 seconds ahead of Neil.
Ahead of time, I was asked to announce at the arena during the final race, and this was a great excuse for me to skip the final, as my back stiffened a lot right after I finished the prologue. It would have been fun to run in the afternoon, but I really enjoyed the announcing too. From the arena, I could see the start and finish (after forcing the finish to be moved for this purpose) and got prompt updates from the spectator control from Alex via phone. This worked well, and I had something to talk about most of the time. I am not sure how well people could hear, though, and if anyone was listening. In the future, it would be good to have the MF21 classes start a few minutes later so that a larger crowd could be around to spectate - as it was, people were mostly running their own races while I was announcing. I tried to keep track of a few other classes, but it wasn't easy. Still, I hope this added something to the atmosphere of the competition. I, for one, thought it was a great initiative by CSU, and the contrast with day 2's remote finish and lack of arena or spectating excitement was pretty glaring in my opinion.
Here is what I looked like "in action", courtesy of Dave Yee: http://bidwbb.smugmug.com/2010-Journal/10-October/...