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Discussion: Must've been an exciting and TIRING week

in: Bash; Bash > 2018-07-28

Jul 30, 2018 1:33 PM # 
FB:
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 ;-)
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Jul 30, 2018 4:41 PM # 
Bash:
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!!
Jul 30, 2018 4:46 PM # 
FB:
Guess that answers my question about whether you'll get to hang out for a few days and enjoy Maine
Jul 30, 2018 7:47 PM # 
Bash:
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.
Jul 30, 2018 7:48 PM # 
Bash:
Btw it is SO nice to hear your voice again, FB! :)
Jul 31, 2018 2:20 AM # 
coach ld:
Good thing they had you there troubleshooting! Right person for the job. I'm sure they are grateful.
Jul 31, 2018 3:20 AM # 
Bash:
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.
Jul 31, 2018 2:39 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
A race report from HQ will be interesting! Thanks for the teaser summary so far :)

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