I read your race report. Thought about it a bit. Read it again. Decided that I was concerned. Read it again. Decided I was concerned enough that I needed to let you know.
Much of it is just fine, in the classic Ian style, starting with "managed to oversleep my alarm," ending with "I felt fat, slow, and stupid," and summed up by "a disappointing physical and technical effort."
In other words, the self-flagellation that we have come to know and expect.
My concern is that it stops there. Where are the usual statements about doing some real training and showing up next year really fit?
Not that your fans ever expected you to do any real training, you being you, but it was always fun seeing the vows, so easily made, so easily forgotten.
Are you OK? Has Canada done something bad to you?
It's true that I am a bit preoccupied with graduate school and life responsibilities, but the main reason for the lack of conspicuous plans is that talk is cheap. I am certainly thinking about my resolve and getting back to some paltry semblance of training. Whoever said training was a prerequisite for ambition?
In the same vein, what's this I read about you not attending the corn maze champs this weekend?
I'll be there, helping a little, not competing.
I'll be there. And I'm bringing a new convert.
I'd heard you weren't coming (trouble getting a visa?)...
Sadly, boring white guys named Smith seldom have trouble crossing international borders. I didn't actually notice the registration thread until now (let's assume I was busy with OUSA business or frozen in the north), but hopefully JJ will make an exception.
but hopefully JJ will make an exception
I would assume so, such things have been known to happen. Plus, the opportunity to trash you in person rather than in absentia is so much more appealing...
> Has Canada done something bad to you?
More like .... Has Toronto done something bad to you?
Ian, you and Klepperton should race the Snowshoe Raid together next year. Set a goal to win!
That sounded wicked fun. Thanks for the write-up!
Better luck tomorrow on a slightly shorter course :)