By Jim Stanford on March 30, 2010
And it was frigid. Freeze-off-parts-of-your-anatomy frigid.
But the breakdown of times is kind of hazy, as a new electronic timing system malfunctioned at the nordic finish, much to everyone’s frustration. The Ski Club has posted incomplete results here.
It was a strange morning. Doug Cook, winner of the men’s rec division, had his alpine skis run over in the parking lot before the race (by another competitor rushing to get ready). A JHMR employee, he was able to retrieve a spare pair, albeit unsharpened, in a nick of time.
Doug and I are neighbors and had carpooled to Teton Village for the start. No sooner had we put the skis fiasco behind us than I discovered a flat rear tire on the road bike I was using. My stellar support person, Amy McCarthy, got to work on fixing it, and a good Samaritan lent a hand: Chris Onufer, a fellow rec competitor I traditionally chase around the course.
When Chris later reached the bike transition, he hadn’t pedaled 10 feet when he, too, got a flat. Some folks helped him change it, and remarkably he still managed to beat me by nearly a minute.
As much as everyone likes to pore over the times and see how they fared against the field (and past performances), I generally measure my success in the PPP based on how I feel about the race. Every year is different, and every year poses new challenges. Gear, as exemplified above, is a major logistical challenge.
Sometimes the race kicks my ass. This year, despite the early snafus and the cold, I felt great — because I had done my best. The PPP brings it out of us, and fancy timing system or not, that’s reward enough for participating.
(Update: Dave Bergart tied Brooks for the men’s Triple Crown.)