Race Report - The Wild Dart Swim
Timing back to back events whilst having a day job is a bad idea. Timing back to back events whilst having a day job and very little sleep is an even worse idea. This became very apparent last Saturday morning, at about 3am as I was attempting to turn around my car on a farm track I never should have gone down. It's probably fair to say my prayer life had a significant boost that morning as the smoke rose from the clutch.
It was a lesson in realising a) whilst my Skoda Octavia is good, it's no mach for a Land Rover on rough ground b) I cannot do it all by myself and c) there are going to be times when I have to trust others to put out timing checkpoints.
The event had two water exits / finish lines, two transition checkpoints, and one aquathlon finish line at the end of the run. I was using two remote timing setups (phone plus speaker plus two bluetooth NFC scanners) and four bluetooth NFC scanners connected to the tablet at the finish. I was also using the finish tablet to time the start waves, of which there were many.
Generally it went well, however there were a few of timing lessons-
- The bluetooth connection issue reared it's head again - despite multiple test in the week saying all was fine
- On the remote timing points do not click finish before collecting splits to the main device
- Result editing on the webscorer app is really good
- The speakers on the remote points need to built into the housings
- Test, test and test again...