Final day at the Pig, and if the footing wasn’t sloppy enough for you on the first two days, then there would be no complaints today.
With the wired Finish controls not working perfectly yesterday, and with only one GO control out today, I put one radio control at the Start with two repeaters, one at the GO (255), and the last one on one of the Finish controls. OK, that was kind of lame since your Finish time only got announced if you punched the right control.
After walking up to the Start to put the radio control out, and with the advent of rain, I was pretty sure that I wasn’t even going out today, especially since I was very sore after the first two days.
So, I suggested that the OCIN SI operator go out on his course, and I would decide later.
Things ran smoothly, and the rain stopped, and a rainbow was seen over the mountain (OK, the rainbow part is not true), so I got myself mentally prepared to go. The MD was pressed into driving me to the restroom and then closer to the Start about 30 minutes after the last starter.
Across the dam, and then about 400 meters down a mud slide, barely managing to stay upright, and then 400 meters up a hill. Ugh, I should have skipped today.
But now I was out there, and I hadn’t fallen down the muddy trail, so I tried to enjoy the course, and I did, apart from a little fiasco from 4-5. Like yesterday, I skipped a control in my mind, so I headed from 5-6 when I was really going 4-5. Truly puzzled on why the trail out of 5 was missing but I forged ahead. Luckily, this was not a huge error, and I was able to easily go to 5 from where I popped out of 4.
Won the course split to 9, probably based on the fact that I was able to navigate to it in an advanced fashion.
However, I had nothing at the end, and my run in split is shown as an error. I did sound like a train, and my voice has been mostly gone since.
3/16 on the course. So, a successful weekend of beating up on the youngsters. And, thanks to my rankings magic, I am 10 in the Yellow rankings. Can I move up any in Georgia? We shall see…though I am pretty sure that I have F-Yellow #1 nailed down for 2012.
Really, really enjoyed this weekend. A perfect combination of working and competing. Who knows, Yellow just may be the course for me.
And, perhaps the best part was the cleverly designed T-shirt.
I’ve run courses like that, and I have the tracks to prove it!
Distance was 3.6 km with 80 m of climb, finish time = 50:27. Placed 3/16 on the course.