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Race Evaluation

Ottawa Ski-O: Long


1. Demonstrating that I would not damage ski trails, I swung way wide of the warm-up track and lost time.
3. Cutting up the hill from the control to the picnic shelter showed me early that the inclines and no flotation would be some serious cardio. I used the roads still open for cars for speed knowing that skiers would prefer groomed trails anyway.
6. I bushwhacked between controls that were designed to be reached by groomed trails. A ski-O map has features removed making it a challenge to attack once off trails. Even so, I managed w/o compass work and no shadows due to overcast skies.
8. According to the split analysis, I should have done faster on this downhill plow through cliff side snow. Apparently, the skiers took better advantage of this downhill.
9. Apparently, some skiers use my tracks to carry skis & walk up this hill.
12. Getting the second map, I simply picked up my ground speed for the rest of the course.
13. Compared to this leg, there was no snow in the forest. Cutting across the wind-drifted field, the deep was exhausting. I also picked up a couple dozen burrs.
14. Being wasted from the previous leg, I actually used the groomed skate trail.
16. With this leg, I was able to start using some of my own trails to revisit controls on the second map.
17. I put my head down & raced the skate trail. Don't tell.
18. I thought I should be able to beat the skiers on this tiny leg but I didn't.
21. I'd been out too long and began to drift off my aim. I would have been faster staying on ski trails.
22. This time my aim through the forest was too far right and I ended up S 50m of control.
24. Returning to the area with buildings and roads my ground speed was good.
27. I lost focus, decided not to go to what turned out to be the correct control. That single mistake was enough to drop a results placing.

Total Time Lost - 00:00:00

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