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Discussion: Nice job!

in: vmeyer; vmeyer > 2016-07-17

Jul 18, 2016 12:35 PM # 
Did you have fun? Comparing times, I see my definite weak spot is running... you've always been a strong runner!

Jul 18, 2016 1:08 PM # 
Good job! And very inspiring.
Jul 18, 2016 11:33 PM # 
Thank you!

Most importantly, I didn't hurt myself, and secondly, I did have fun, but most of all, I truly appreciated Amy being there so I didn't feel all alone. Not that I can't do things by myself, but there is much good to be said about the orienteering community, and knowing most everyone is a big part of the good.

Doing these two races has given me a better insight into how newbies must feel at our events, not knowing anyone, or the lingo and all that. So, I plan to embrace one new person at each QOC event from now on, and see if I can make a repeat "customer" out of them.
Jul 19, 2016 12:02 AM # 
Great job!
Jul 19, 2016 12:40 AM # 
Nice going, Valerie!

Local events...I hear you, and try to be friendly with folks I don't know, if we get any. One thing I really like about being an O registrar is the opportunity to put names and faces together which helps me approach folks I don't know. I imagine it's the same for epunch guru(s) (hi, Amy!). ;-)
Jul 19, 2016 1:31 AM # 
Hey, look at those transition times - looks like you put your experiences from last time to good use! Nice job!
Jul 19, 2016 9:08 AM # 
Way to go! It's fun to see people doing different of events (and kicking butt at them). Also a great way to get insight into what we can do better in the O world, as you say.
Jul 19, 2016 12:21 PM # 
I like that you shaved nearly 10 minutes from your transition times :). Going for the low-hanging fruit! And super kudos on chasing the higher-hanging fruit, with your consistent training. Woo!

I agree wholeheartedly with what your'e saying about reaching out to a new person to include them in the community. Now we just need some new people!
Jul 27, 2016 3:17 PM # 
Catching up on AP after a busy week. Way to go, Valerie! I've long been jealous of your swimming abilities and it must be fun to use them in a race. Congrats on making the most of the lessons from your recent tri!

Good thoughts about newbies. I did the Ontario Champs as my first A event within a few months of my first O race. People had travelled from all over so there were lots of happy greetings and animated conversations. It seemed that everyone else knew one another. I only saw one family that I'd met before, and they were busy volunteering. I felt awkward for two reasons because I was an outsider socially and I'd never done an individual start race so I didn't know how things worked, and the others all did. If I hadn't found forest navigation to be extremely fun, I probably wouldn't have returned. I try to look for newbies at our local events but I will take on your challenge of seeking one out every time!
Jul 28, 2016 9:23 PM # 
Well done, Valerie!
Re. newbies ... I feel weird when I go to trail races, not because I don't understand stuff -- I totally do -- but just because I usually don't know anyone (aside from Monika, who's always there!) and everyone seems to have a group of friends with them. Doesn't bother me a lot but I get what you mean. I'll try to do the same to newcomers at o' events.

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