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Jun 16, 2016 7:53 PM # 
Pink Socks:
This may be more of a result of starting out too fast, but it's also a result of getting better at getting into the map immediately from the start.

3:53 into the race (at #3), I was tied with Will for first place and 13 seconds ahead of Eric. I had the fastest split on #2, and was just 1 second behind Will on #1.

I beat Eric on all 3 of the first 3 legs. I only beat him on 3 of the remaining 27, though.
Jun 17, 2016 3:24 PM # 
From experience of racing Eric:
One reason is better fitness of his, where his speed does not drop off after a fast start.
Second, Eric usually starts his races a little bit careful.
Jun 17, 2016 4:11 PM # 
Nice work! Eric is a notoriously conservative starter; I suspect this is one reason he's not as strong in the sprint discipline as others. I've noticed that I on the other hand am a quick starter, at least in max effort situations; I could give you a grocery list of races where I'm ahead or among the leaders for the first X controls, then fall off that pace. 2016 TT sprint, 2015 TT/US Champs sprint are a couple recent examples.

If we were SNES Super Mario Kart drivers, Eric would be Donkey Kong and I would be Toad.

Anyway, re: Lake Wilderness, I remember having trouble finding the trail entrance on the way to 2, so I probably lost some seconds there.
Jun 17, 2016 9:16 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I definitely fall off pace. There's the downshifting that happens something like 6 minutes into my run, and then another at around 45 minutes (which makes sense, since most of runs are 45 minutes or shorter).

My mantra at the start is something like "Shoot first, ask questions later." I'll try to see as much as I can about start direction before I start, and as soon as I punch I run that way. I reckon that I'll be able to figure out something decent before it's too late. The US Middle Champs were pretty spectacular in this regard. I basically figured out exactly what I was doing right before I needed to veer left into the control (just 50 seconds into the race). Any later and I would have overrun it.

At Lake Wilderness, I went around the thicket to the left both times out of the start, but I just went that way, no hesitation both times. Perhaps low and right was better, I don't know, but it wouldn't be better with the added time of being stopped to think about it. I was also super happy with #2. I had a plan before punching #1, and visualized what was coming up really well. It was probably my finest leg of the day in terms of route choice and execution.
Jun 17, 2016 9:17 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I never had Nintendos growing up, so my first MarioKart was the N64 version from college. I always drove as Yoshi. I don't know what that says about me, though.
Jun 17, 2016 11:48 PM # 
That would actually make some sense in this situation. In SNES there were eight drivers - four pairs with four different sets of characteristics. Donkey Kong and Bowser had poor acceleration and handling but highest speed; Toad and Koopa had best handling but poor speed; Yoshi and Princess had the fastest acceleration but average everything else; Mario and Luigi were the jacks-of-all-trades, above average across the board but best in nothing.
Jun 19, 2016 7:31 PM # 
If we were SNES Super Mario Kart drivers, Eric would be Donkey Kong and I would be Toad.

i love this! though i feel like Will's speed warrants a better character than Toad - maybe Mario or Luigi? i feel like i am Koopa and keep driving off the road or running into walls/obstacles.

i am also imagining how awesome it would be to have Lakitu pop up to tell you if you're going backwards on the course or to fish you out of trouble if you end up off the map...

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