slept:8.0 (sick) (rest day)
Message from body, post-Skyline: Ow, ow, ow. GimpyFoot feels ok, lending credence to my guess that the ball-of-foot pain was from impact trauma rather than inflammation. Oddly enough, right arm hurts just above the elbow - perhaps from canoeing on Saturday.
Notes on Ponkapoag/Houghton's Pond meet:
This is the first meet I have directed this year (or the second if you count the Blue Hills beginner training camp on 5/12), and I specifically did not delegate it because I wanted to use and investigate the Ponkapoag map south of I-93. As has been noted, the map and terrain turned out better than expected, and despite its age, the map was suitable for orienteering. The Green and Brown courses were challenging, and a number of people didn't finish. I believe the remote start wasn't too onerous, though it turns out the walk to the start was about 800m along a street.
The white and yellow courses were somewhat too difficult; I got overly creative in my control placement and had not visited W8/Y10 before the meet. It's important to remember to make the white course as easy as possible, and this is not a new error for me. That said, despite the difficulty, people seemed to have fun and were generally forgiving.
I worked harder to delegate the work than I have in the past. Ben Gallup and Richard Powers hung the WYO controls on the morning of the event, and I had an excellent group of meet workers including Pete Lane, Andy McIlvaine, Marcie Berkley, Aims Coney, Mika Latva-Kokko, Jeff Schapiro, and Joanne Sankus. Linc Berkley was particularly clutch and worked the results computer - giving Jim Paschetto a well-deserved break. Giacomo, Magnus, Ed Despard, Ben, and Earl LaVallee picked up and organized controls, and Ali was helpful throughout the day - hanging two controls and assisting with control pickup after everyone had left.
One area I can really improve is to have a second principal organizer. I designed all the courses, carried out the water, and printed the maps; having a second person to split up the work and take care of details (e.g. cutting the route on Green, which I overlooked) would have been very helpful. Since I also had board/VP responsibilities at the AGM, having a second person to wrap up the meet would have been useful. It was encouraging to receive such a warm welcome when I was introduced at the AGM.
While there were some mistakes, the meet went reasonably smoothly. The day was a bit demanding for me, for Ali, and for one or two of my volunteers (Ben in particular), but there will always be ways to improve.