While not as physically demanding as racing, worrying about EVERY team is a huge 'stress-load'!
Hope you enjoyed it!
Looks like you got about your avg sleep per day ;-)
Lol, it was exhausting. I can't remember the exact quote that we put into the Powerpoint for the awards presentation but it was something like:
HQ: A combination of a small trucking firm, a temp staffing agency and a FEMA crisis centre.
We had such a variety of problems to solve quickly, which I think is what draws some of us to that role. It's stressful but also exciting. It was rare for 60 seconds to go by without a phone call, text or email to HQ, 24 hrs a day. Luckily, we had 5 experienced HQ staff. Often all 5 of us were busy but we did get time to nap.
When I get a chance, I hope to write more but here are a few things we dealt with:
- Racer ill 2 km from a road, unable to walk
- Racer's business partner needs to reach him NOW to get his Shopify password or they'll lose $20,000
- Racer needs to reach friend with van to deliver an important health-related item
- Kayak with tracker was moving forward but over the past hour seems to have drifted backward and sideways into a bay and now might be on a small island
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I did have fun and would work at Untamed NE again. Unfortunately, the timing was bad this time with a 5-day canoe trip and a 5-day trip to BC for an ultra happening in the next 14 days. Also, my Mom is moving in the middle of that. Yikes!!
Guess that answers my question about whether you'll get to hang out for a few days and enjoy Maine
Sigh, no. Home around 1:30 a.m. and I've been working on Untamed NE issues since I woke up. There is a protest to deal with and I'm on the jury, amongst other things. But I've packed hot chocolate for the canoe trip. So... progress.
Btw it is SO nice to hear your voice again, FB! :)
Good thing they had you there troubleshooting! Right person for the job. I'm sure they are grateful.
They made volunteers feel very appreciated. I had my own beautiful room with a fireplace in a historic inn - not that I spent much time there. Grant bought us pizza one night and Thai food another night, and there was a terrific post-race brunch.
A race report from HQ will be interesting! Thanks for the teaser summary so far :)