MTBO at the Perry Bike Trails. I was psyched when Eric S decided to host this event. The map is really a work-in-progress, but it is definitely usable. I mapped the MTB trails. I've not idea how well the trail distinctions are done. I had a basic rule of:
Regular single track MTB = something I'd be completely comfortable riding
Medium MTB trail = something that I could ride, but it'd take a fair amount of concentration and would be pushing my technique a bit.
Slow MTB trail = something that'd clearly push my technique, probably enough that hopping of the bike and jogging/walking the bike would likely be faster for me.
My other rule was that I'd only map a section if it covered at least a thumb-width of trail on the final map. So a little rocky spot in an otherwise fast trail wouldn't change the trail designation, but a stretch that went say 50 meters probably would (but when I drafted the map I'd show a longer section of slow trail). It all makes sense to me, but I'd like to have a chance to see some other MTBO mapped terrain to get a feel for my mapping.
The course was fun, but I haven't been doing much biking or MTB riding. That meant my technique and condition weren't great. I was generally happy with my biking. I hopped off when I thought an area was pushing my technique too much. I crashed once when my front wheel hit some slippery mud. I walked/jogged the bike a few places where the trail had some slick mud (but only after learning how slick the mud was by crashing).
This was a lot of fun.
We ddin't get a great MTBO turnout (I'm thinking it was just 7-8 riders), but we learned something about hosting the event. Eric S seems to have worked out a good relationship with Lyle, the guy who coordinated building and maintaining the trails. That's important.
The heart rate data is weird. My HR recorded as low for the first 15 minutes. I don't think it was that low, I think the watch was wonky (it was using the optical HR).