Orienteering – Injinji RunSmartSprints #1

Sat 2 Feb 2008 – Brisbane Botanical Gardens

Paul, Glen and I thought it would be good training (and catchup) to try some other styles of events, so we thought we would give the sprint series of Orienteering QLD a shot. We seemed to be the exception as we wanted to do the event as a team but that was ok.

We did the 3 km course, and with only one technical mistake, we managed to complete it in an ok time.

One thing I was impressed by was the electronics of the tracking of participants getting the checkpoints. This is the first time I have seen this, and would love to have it in the other races we do, as it’s a much more tuned way to track your performance. Not that we were going to win, but it’s good to see how we went.

Results here:

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XPD – Whitsundays

Participated and completed in my 2nd XPD Race (the 3rd overall) in the Whitsundays.

The course map is as follows:

Course Map

Here is our team:
Team mug shot

Bio is located here

We finished 16th over the line. Overall a good race. For me, it wasn’t as “scenic” as Tasmania (my first XPD) and the journey route wasn’t as adventurous. But the journey and the whole pushing the body to the limits had it’s milestones. We had some good legs and some crap legs, I’ll only try to remember the good ones!

Good to see we made the media shots too:

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Things for the organisers to note for next time:

  • Wiers: They shouldn’t be included in race courses or at least get the warning correct to racers
  • Get the story consistent between the officials and the race directors.

Things for me to note:

  • Don’t fly Jetstar – they cost me a bucketload with excess charges (bike / paddle)
  • Know your team mates well before starting.

Although the race was also tainted by the officials changing the rules on us halfway causing us (and may others) to be disqualified – I’ll still hold onto the 16th over the line.

Also, a good friend of mine, Justin Francis has made a video of the preparation, racing and post race. I have found it the best bit of media of any adventure race and if you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it.

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