Sleep deprivation can really mess with you, way to keep your focus for such a long race. Sounds like I'm, sorry we missed it.
Great stuff, Boris. It's amazing how well you are able to perform, given life's recent challenges and current responsibilities. Please take good care of yourself at this time.
I met Miles today, after muttering about who this Miles person was who snuck in ahead of me in the results. He happened to be standing close enough to hear me. :). We had a nice conversation, and he even asked me what wisdom I could impart to a newbie. I was quite enchanted (to use an age appropriate term). I can assure you that he has been made to feel quite welcome and is hooked, and he bought his own si-card today. Now, he needs to move up. ;-)
Yup, I saw him chatting with you at the finish today. It made me smile. He seems like a nice guy, and quite talented. He said he will come to the training camp in March, which is great.
Thanks to both of you for new member retention! Good stuff.
Now we need about a hundred more Mileses.
I've got a fun story that's related.
I'm in a local running group, and one of the guys that I've met likes hiking, ran XC in high school, and works at Google Maps. I'd been soft-selling him on orienteering for a while, but he never came out.
SART was just short of a sellout in 2016, so I had an entry to burn, so I just flat out gave it to him.
He came to SART and totally ate it up. He even came out to watch the Sunday races despite not running (he was somewhat injured). And since then, he's been to *all* of CascadeOC's Winter Series races, he's buying gear, he's chatting me up at every group run about orienteering, he's going to run the relay this weekend, and he's planning weekend orienteering trips now (there's one later this month in central WA).
In other words, he's hooked.
That's a great story Patrick! My feeling has long been that there are people out there who will love orienteering if they just hear about it/try it. Good for you for getting this guy started.