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Discussion: First A-Meet

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Jan 20, 2016 7:58 AM # 
Pink Socks:
At my first A-meet, I ran Red, because someone suggested that I run Green, but that seemed too lame.

At my first A-Meet, I wore board shorts. Because, well, I was 24 and that's what I ran in.

At my first A-meet, I assumed that control descriptions were on the map, and I didn't realize that they weren't until I was approaching the first control. It was too far to go back, so I crossed my fingers that I ended up in the right spots (I had no way to verify codes). This was the proudest download moment ever when I didn't mispunch.

So yeah, Eric Jones rocked it!

(We should get him on AP)
Jan 20, 2016 5:47 PM # 
Something that's worrisome to me - other than myself and Celia/Jourdan (and the three of us don't really count), Eric is about the only 20-something near the top of our results - so it behooves us to keep him interested and get him involved more seriously.

He won three splits on Sunday in a race that included Wyatt and the Zhykman among others, so he's got some natural speed and ability. If we could get him to start training, who knows? He's not dissimilar to me three years ago, but three years younger than I was three years ago.
Jan 20, 2016 5:56 PM # 
Make your fictional Jukola team? Would he in 3 years?
Jan 20, 2016 6:36 PM # 
Ha, he's probably already on that team.

Ideally we can create a Dread Pirate Roberts situation, where EJones serves an apprenticeship then succeeds to the title of Optimus Eric after the Bonesaw retires. The Jonesaw??
Jan 20, 2016 6:40 PM # 
Hmm, I prefer to go with The Belt holder (stolen from Grantland).
Jan 20, 2016 10:43 PM # 
Pink Socks:
If we're talking a CascadeOC Jukola team for 2016, then I think the team is:

Eric B

Very Likely
Eric J

Last Spot Potentials
The last spot is where it gets interesting. If you're looking at active and experienced orienteers, the next spot might be Tori B, but since she's female, that would make the team unofficial. If we're looking for flat out speed for the fictional team, we'd pick Devon G.

We've lost quite a few fast-ish guys in the last 5 years. I'm looking through some of the Winter Series standings since 2010... where did James Roach go? Scott Whiting? Laszlo? Alex Frank is injured. Brian Poon moved to Asia. Zbynek moved back to Europe. Miles Ohlrich? Aaron Rinn? Jeremiah Reiner?

For Venla, I think we'd have a pretty young team:
Tori B
Tyra C
Heather W (if healthy)
Celia or Katrina or Siri
Jan 20, 2016 11:24 PM # 
As of right now I do believe the seventh man would be you.
Jan 20, 2016 11:33 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I'd certainly be in the discussion, I think.

Most of the guys in the ? list were all faster/better those years, so if they were available, they could make a case for a spot.

I guess Devon is just as unavailable as the others, but if he were an option, seems like you could just give him a headlamp and tell him to follow the fast people.
Jan 21, 2016 1:16 AM # 
Do you guys have the most depth in the US?
Jan 21, 2016 3:39 AM # 
It's A-Me, Mario!
Jan 21, 2016 8:54 PM # 
Are you guys actually going to Jukola? CSU is already registered.Bring it!
Jan 21, 2016 9:53 PM # 
Haha no, we barely have seven people who've heard of Jukola. But that would be a fun battle!
Jan 21, 2016 10:06 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Something that's worrisome to me - other than myself and Celia/Jourdan (and the three of us don't really count), Eric is about the only 20-something near the top of our results.

First of all, why don't the three of you count?

Second, I would hesitate to say that Eric is our only 20-something. On the women's side, Marissa has stepped it up this year (it seems), and she's a coach at Woodinville, and did ok at SART (ahead of Rebecca & Julie). I don't know what her athletic outlook is, but she could be trending similar to where Eric was a few years ago.

Also, at Putney Woods, I saw a young dude there with Orocs who I didn't know before. I didn't chat with him, but Mike Schuh did. His name is Evan Derickson, studied GIS, and his parents live on Whidbey. The results show that he's run a few CascadeOC events and done pretty well, and he must be committed enough looking forward to buy Orocs.

And then we could have some WIOL boomerangs. We've sent a lot of kids to JWOC, and some are bound to come back to Seattle (Tori B, Holly G, Katrina W, Anne W) are all examples of kids who are still somewhat active in orienteering, and one of these days, we're bound to get one to come back home.

We have some non-elite WIOL kids come back. Cameron Devine is probably the most active right now, and he's not super fast, but he's young and dresses fast at least, so if he ever decided to get motivated, he could be fast.
Jan 21, 2016 10:37 PM # 
Well, I'm almost 29.5, and Jourdan and Celia are transplants who fell into our lap. It's more of a general feeling based on the fact that our current "young" generation of experienced/involved orienteers is now 30-35, so it would be good to begin/continue engendering a new young generation, both for competitive and organizational purposes. Eric and Marissa are definitely a good start.
Jan 21, 2016 10:46 PM # 
And WIOL is of course our ace in the hole on that.
Jan 21, 2016 10:57 PM # 
Pink Socks:
transplants who fell into our lap

Seems like foreigners come and go all the time, but they are always around, some longer than others: Jourdan/Celia, Peteris, Elise (!), Brian Poon, Zbynek, Targo.

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