QOC's EOY event held at Jug Bay. This event is a one man relay which includes drinking a beverage at the start, between each loop, and at the end. So those doing a three loop course drink four beverages, beer being one of the options.
Since I was not competing, I planned on distracting myself by setting up some radio controls, with a monitor or two to show results, and throw in some heckling. However, the day kind of blew up in my face when I arrived at the park nice and early, stopped at the port-a-john on the way in, and locked my keys in the ignition - car still running. Agh!!
After a minor meltdown involving tears, and very quick service from AAA (less than the 45 minutes stated), I had access to my stuff, but was a bit deflated, feeling harried and sorry for myself. But with help from my friends, especially Amy, QOC's newly minted Volunteer of the Year,
and the fact that I was on the water with the associated breeze coming my way, I bounced back quickly, at least the feeling sorry for myself part.
The usual mad rush of people registering and coming at the last minute, so I wasn't able to run out and put the radio controls on the GO controls for the 2nd and 3rd loop until after the mass start at noon, while Dave L put out the one in the other direction. Couldn't get out as far as I thought I should be able to, even one that was a straight shot, so I used two controls as repeaters and ditched the plan to put those out. Found out after all was done that I had forgotten to put the antenna on the master radio control, thus explaining why reception hadn't been very good. The price of rushing.
It was worthwhile to have the exchange controls radioed, so we were able to tell with the slower runners which loop they were on.
After everyone was in, and with a belly full of a six pack of N/A beer, six diet cokes, four hot dogs with buns, and two regular beers thrown back to see if I could do it faster then Mihai (0-1-1), I waddled out to collect some controls, including the radio controls. It was nice to test out the ankle a bit, and I jogged some. Glad I didn't try to go out for much more.
So, the exercise was 2.5 trips to the van associated with the lock out, a small loop to put out the initial radio controls, and a larger loop to pick up six controls and two repeaters. And, after three trips through the fields, if I don't have more than the one tick I found already and/or don't come down with poison ivy, I will feel very fortunate.
Was packed up and all the road a bit after four, with a big smile on my face, especially after that last sweaty hug.
It was a good day, in the long run.