Orienteering race (Middle) 38:42*** 2.9 km (13:20 / km) +89m11:34 / km ahr:156 max:178
Too busy to write tonight. Long weekend. Fun. Let's do it again in Nov-Dec or next Mar-Apr. Or both.
If you didn't hear me say it on Sunday at the awards ceremony: Thanks to all the course setters, who did a lot more work than you think. And although I can hear Garrison Keillor whispering "Mike, don't get the big head" in a Minnesota accent, Mike Minium did more than you might believe to make all this happen as smoothly as it did, including 35-40 hours of driving to Nashville and Bloomington, making a map of the IU campus (I heard comments it stood up to close inspection), setting that sprint as well as vetting the huge, hilly Long *and* the slightly easier but still hilly Middle terrain. Plus literally endless discussions about courses by email and thousands of little details and nudges and to do lists.
I didn't say this this weekend, but I was thinking it: My first club (which I joined in 1984, four years after Rose OC, a college club, put on the Intercollegiate Championships in 1980, at Yellowwood SP (but a different area than we used this weekend). They just jumped right in and did it. I talked to three people this weekend who were there, but I didn't ask how well organized it was or if there were problems. I'll bet there were, because there always are.
The way you make it look easy is to do it a lot. Just jump in and do it. And when something happens, think of ways to make it better. We improve every year and we have some problems, both new and old, every year.
Rose OC, my first club, died about 9 or 10 years after that 1980 national event. College clubs turn over every four years. We lost the "prime movers" and didn't think we needed to volunteer, build, and make stuff happen. We set courses for "our little group" and failed to get enough new blood to keep a critical mass.
We at OCIN have gotten to the point where it's fun to put on events, both local and national. I look forward to loading my car full of computer gear and especially to getting out in the woods. We don't always succeed, but we have a loose "rule" that every volunteer gets to go out on a course. Because if the volunteers don't get to have fun in the woods, what is their incentive to keep doing it?
I'm getting off topic.
Volunteer. Set courses. Have Fun. Jump in, make mistakes, and try to do better next time. O-vangelize. Build. Repeat.