Did you have fun? Comparing times, I see my definite weak spot is running... you've always been a strong runner!
Good job! And very inspiring.
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.
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!). ;-)
Hey, look at those transition times - looks like you put your experiences from last time to good use! Nice job!
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.
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!
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!
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.