The TCR was back in action after I put the new chain ring on a couple of days ago so it took back its former role as commuter bike. Seemed to go okay. Weather was looking ordinary earlier in the day but it had cleared up by the afternoon so I didn't have to pike on training.
I was very excited when Tash told me about a new MTB multi-day race happening in Tassie next year (the Dragon Trail) based around Derby & St Helens, although was considerably less excited when I found out it was Geocentric running it. Not because I think they'll do a crap job but anytime a professional race organiser gets involved, it prices everyone out of the market. I'm looking at you Rapid Ascent.
Race directors must think that just because someone owns a bike that he or she must be loaded with cash but think about it, a bike is a lot cheaper than a car! So anyway the cost of this three day race, if you happen to be one of the first 100 entrants, is a rather princely $550, which is more expensive than the already highly priced Cape to Cape (four days) and its sister races. If you miss out on that then the earlybird rate is an extra 20% and add another 20% on top of that for the regular rate, post December. Sadly I'll probably still do the race, though even more sadly it's two weeks after the MSW and three weeks before Easter so it's not like I can tack anything onto it to make the trip worthwhile (unless someone puts the selection trials on around that time???)
As a comparison, the three day Easter in the Alice MTB race is $319 but I'm sure it used to be much cheaper than that when Paul Darvo was involved. Weirdly they give Alice Springs residents a 40% discount to that race and other NT residents a 20% discount even though those outside of NT have to essentially mortgage their houses to be able to afford flights there (I recall in 1996 that WARA gave international visitors to the WRC free entry to offset the costs of flights, doesn't seem to be reciprocated by other organisations since I don't ever recall receiving discounted entry to any races I had to travel to). As another comparison, Joel and I have so far forked out around $232 to enter three orienteering carnivals consisting of 16 races in total in Europe across June and July. Now that's what I call good value!
Another possibility for the Tassie race is that I can wait and see if ADF will fund the event but even if they do, there's no guarantee I'll get the funding and I probably wouldn't even find out until after the normal entry deadline, at which point the price has skyrocketed to $830. Plus airfares won't be offering discounted rates by that point. Life is so unfair.
Orienteering (bush)46:02 7.61 km (6:03 / km) +59m5:50 / km ahr:132 max:177 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
Map memory exercises around Garvey Park. Two different courses of eight controls each, remember as many or as few as you could and go find them, returning to the map whenever you needed to. I quickly saw a nice loop of four on the first map so went off to search them with Andries in hot pursuit. He passed me when I couldn't find the control at the end of the bridge (it was kind of hidden behind the tree next to the bridge) then got in to the little hill control just ahead though he spent less time back at the map looking at the next loop. After the second loop I came in about a second behind him at 9:23 but with a 15 minute time limit, Michal decided we'd get less time on the next loop, down to 12 minutes.
Of course the second loop was more difficult and I managed to not remember exactly the location of the second CP in the bush so ended up skipping it and the third one (needed to know where the second one was as an attackpoint) although got the fourth. Collected the second loop of four but ran slightly overtime so a net score of 5. So sad.
Time includes warm up and down where we chased away a dog that was on a lead but not in control by its owner, which just happened to be the same dog I almost ran over on my ride into the park since it wasn't in control then either and it ran across the path in front of me (although the owner stepped on its lead to stop it but I'd ridden off the path by that point).