2015 Beaumont O
The 2015 Beaumont O didn’t go so well for me this year. I think this is the 3rd or 4th time I have run this event and it was my first navigating it on my own. I don’t know if it was the nice weather or me trying some new techniques or me trying to keep up with Kevin, but whatever it was I couldn’t get it together. The race is self-serve and on the honor system so Mickey and Van took off early on the Green Course and Kevin, Neil & Ella, Kyle and his buddy, Dave C and Dave B (Ninja), and I waited to start together on the Red Course.
Kevin and I reached CP#1 (cliff/rock face) on the same course at the same time, basically I was slightly behind him. We took off for CP2 and Kyle was on our tail. On the way to CP2 I took off in a different direction than Kevin and we met up again as I caught a glimpse of Mickey and Van. I then went in a different direction than Kevin as I was trying to use a trail, but I could not make out the trails. Kevin was nowhere in sight and I thought I had overshot, but saw Mickey and Ivan at a CP and headed in to investigate. To my dismay it was CP#5, but I punched it and promised I wouldn’t cheat and come back to it. So I headed to CP#2 (cliff/rock face) and knew I had some ground to make up. I caught up with Kyle on the way to CP#3 (cliff/rock face), but started worrying we had overshot. I backtracked just slightly to make sure I was on the right track and then advanced and found it quickly. Kyle must have also thought he overshot and was backtracking and I yelled for him to turn around and showed him where the CP was. As I was leaving, Neil and Ella were there making fun of me. Then Dave and Ninja popped out of a rabbit hole. I took off for CP#4. I found CP#4 (reentrant) with ease and was trying to shake Kyle off my tail. I thought I would find CP#5 (stream junction) fast since I was already there but it took me awhile because I was gun shy of overshooting it again. I found it and tapped it to signal that I punched it and took off to CP#6. Kyle was behind and I wanted to make up some ground to catch Kevin so I laid down the speed. I bushwhacked and now looking back I should have taken the road, but I like bushwhacking so I went for it. On a nasty hill climb I noticed Kyle caught me again, but the hill was getting the best of him as he stopped to rest. I yelled at him to keep moving as I struggled to move on myself.
So I totally forget about CP#6 and start heading to CP#7. I find myself in the creek across the meadow and realize I skipped 6. I read the clue and see that it is a spring so for some odd reason I start looking around for a spring in the completely wrong area. I had already hit the barb wire between 5 and 6 and I hit barb wire again between 6 and 12 so I was moving fast but in the wrong direction. I hit the wire so fast that I ripped my pants and tore myself up and ripped down the wire. When I realized what I had done I returned and remembered to jump the wire the third time. I made it back to the meadow and asked a guy if I was where I thought I was and he confirmed and I was on my way. I realized now that I can’t run full speed and navigate. I also stripped my hat and glasses off and was stuffing them in my pants as I was running and navigating, which is not a good idea. I hit the road at the bend as Dave and Ninja and Neil and Ella where heading to CP#6 (spring). They laughed some more as I passed them and Neil asked me how far I was planning on running for the day. I hit the CP and went back to where I was previously. I slowed down some, jumped the wire, and whacked to CP#7 (depression) where Kevin was wandering around complaining that he couldn’t find it. I knew right where I was and showed him and he agreed. We went to the CP and there were 8 other racers there looking confused. It was in the correct position but had the wrong clue number. I punched it and marked it as CP#7 and Kevin and I took off for CP#8 together passing Dave and Ninja on the way. We hit CP#8 (spring) quickly and took the trail to CP#9 (depression). Along the way to CP#10 (boulder) that brat Kyle caught us and gave us a run for our money to CP#11 (cliff/rock face). Technically the punk beat me to CP#11. We took the trail again as much as we could to CP#12 (depression). Along the way to CP#13 (depression) I had Kevin overshoot the trail again as I again I couldn’t make out the trails. He was doing so much better seeing the trails than me and navigating than me. We back tracked slightly to CP#13 and saw Kyle overshoot also. We high tailed it to the finish beating Kyle and his buddy. We finished in about 2 hours and 19 minutes. Kevin totally kicked my butt on this one. Ella walked up to let me know she was beating me too. Kevin, TeamKyle, and I cleared the course, but I was not happy at all with my performance. Yes I was moving fast but while making many mistakes and running in circles. After the race we gave Kyle his long overdue 8 hour ranking. If he keeps racing he will be a force to be reckoned with. Kevin is really getting good, but doesn’t like taking risky bushwhacking routes. I on the other hand probably take too many risky bushwhacking routes. I have to find a way to run at speed and still navigate correctly. I was pretty upset with my antics but was happy with the nice weather. Ahab.