Sunday, 28 June 2009
Mum was initially reluctant for me to blog the story about her failure to link up with her Linking Tasmanian Seniors group the other night on account of how friends of hers read my blog and it could be a little humiliating. Actually when I say 'initially reluctant' I mean more sort of 'continuously reluctant' but hey what's done is done. Anyway - this random thing is my own humiliating moment that occurred a few weeks ago in a park series orienteering race in Launceston. I had been given the same handicap in a chasing start as the 18 year old girls who train (which I should really be flattered about ) which meant I had to start at exactly the same time as them and after the rest of the field. After the first few hundred metres I put myself a comfortable 20 metres behind them with the aim of cutting all the corners and sticking with them. After punching the third control both of them spied a shortcut between a wall and a building which was possible to squeeze though. Unfortunately it turned out it was only possible for them to squeeze through - I got decidedly stuck and had to reverse out the way I had come (while having visions of having to be freed hours later by firemen) and by the time I had run back and around the alternative longer route I'd lost sight of them all together and had the run the rest of the race alone.
Luckily I had sensitive and understanding house mates who took it upon themselves to kindly advise me to avoid narrow gaps before every race for the rest of the weekend. sigh.