Southern NV Post Race Assessment - Overall, the race went well. Team PITA has great potential, but
under the circumstances did not complete the recent 24-hour race. All said and done, if the team had completed the race, it
is likely that we would have placed 2nd and maintained points to hold 2nd place in the race series.
To learn from the race experience and to move forward as a better, stronger team, Team PITA has begun correspodence via
- Clearly we're a good paddling team - we need to fix up the green monster,
but we've got a solid boat and we paddled well.
- You guys stayed strong after some early distress, many teams would not
have lasted after the shit we went through from cp4 to cp5.
- In terms of speed, I think we can keep up with the best teams, the issue
is we need to race smarter - certain races are faster than others and we
need to be able to adapt to a slower, steadier team when the race
environment demands it, like it did yesterday.
- Prepare for the specifics of the race - the HEAT was a real issue, we
should have had close to 5 liters cpacity of water each on us. We need to
look at the map briefly and figure out the distance and terrain from the
current TA to the next TA. Our transitions need to be better organized so
the only thinking we're doing in the TA is looking at resources we need to
have for the next segment of the race. Each of us needs to have there own
little area to organize their stuff and we should have clearer directions
for our support crew. We should also take a few hours the weekend before the
race and go through all the issues/scenarios that we should be prepared for.
The next big race we need to make sure the three of us sit down and have
that discussion the week before the race.
- Navigation, Navigation, Navigation - The navigation was OK yesterday
until we got into those slot canyons, and when we followed a team that
looked like they knew what they were doing, they were quite a ways off. I
will be the first to admit, I'm not an experienced navigator and I've never
navigated in anything like what we were in yesterday morning - those slot
canyons were tough to navigate. I'm not sure what the answer is here, If we
want to try and find a better navigator, I am very cool with that, if we
want to try Veronica as the lead Navigator, I'm cool with that as well. I
just hate being the reason we did not do well.
- Although there was not a lot of mtn. biking in this race, most races will
have much more mtn. biking. We need to make sure that we keep improving on
the bike, particularly on the downhill components, we lost time to some of
the better mtn. biking teams who could take advantage of the technical
- Faster transitions
How do we get faster transitions? Should we do mock up transitions? Should
we meet to see how everyone is packing, organizing gear. What we are
bringing or not bringing to see if we are all on the same page in terms of
organizing gear, food, water, etc. Maybe we need a big team checklist.
I think this is the one place where we need to slow down... review the maps
at transitions (so we are better prepared with gear) and adjust the maps.
Josh, I think you did a great job. This course was way hard even for the
most experienced navigators. After studying the course map this morning, I
saw some routes that would have been a little longer, but were sure bets on
getting to checkpoint #11. I would rather take a little longer review the
maps, than back-track.
- A week before look at the issues (weather, altitude, resources) that will be
particulary important for this race.
- Allocate adequate time before and after the race for preparation and if
things go bad and we get stuck longer than anticipated.
- I disagree with Colin that we should always prepare for the worst case
scenario, in that case we should have had a snake bite kit and a stretcher.
But we should have a plan of attack that considers the issues of the race.