Sunday, August 16, 2009
The bear. He got me today. Again. That course. That curse is coursed. It is the FIFTH time I have shot Lake Stevens. All with the same result. Bear doodoo. I suppose there is some consolation in getting killer swim video and finish line exclusive interviews with Michellie Jones, Linsey Corbin, Melanie McQuade and Mens overall winner Joe Gambles (with a smokin' course record 3:56:36), but my raison d' etre, filming the bike course, provided video as if shot by YTB himself. Not that Yogi (with BooBoo as grip) was a bad videographer, but......
About ten minutes prior to start I found out they made some changes to the bike course from my old buddy Tim Becker. As the Garmins were having trouble with satellite acquisition and I had to re-mount the camera, and blah and blah and more blah, so by the time I was ready (and the fog was lifting) there were very few racers heading out onto the course e.g. no one to follow. I take a wrong turn where the old course used to go and suddenly I am alone. Lost in the woods. Great start. Then the camera starts to act up and I lose focus, of every definition. It gets worse........
...but I will spare you the gory details of my demise at the hands of the bear. I am going to salvage what video I can and learn the latest lessons. Next week is the USAT National Age Group Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
I will get the bear. You might want to head for Yellostone Yog.
The swim start on the lake.
Women's Top Three: Becky Levelle (4:28:16 & center) Heather Wurtele (right) and Michellie Jones (under the Aussie flag)
Rendering video. I'll have something fer yall tomorrow. Going to hibernate for a spell.