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Pessimist by policy, optimist by temperament - it is possible to be both. How? By never taking an unnecessary chance and by minimizing risks you can’t avoid. This permits you to play out the game happily, untroubled by the certainty of the outcome.

Robert A. Heinlein

Setting up a race – Peoplework.

We ran 1 race per week. If implementing on a looser schedule, this can vary. Of course much of the handouts will be emailed documents, or a web site.

Race Day - 4 -- Monday: Race package

Ideally on Monday the race package goes out: It contains:

This package gets handed to the team captain.

Race Day - 3 -- Tuesday: Review meeting.

Meet with the team captains and navigators.

I try to write out the outline of what I’m talking about on the board before I start. Helps keep me on topic and brief.

Typical agenda:

This takes about an hour

When people are spread out this could be done on a forum.

Race Day - 2 -- Race Marshal’s info.

Race Day eve -- Last minute stuff.

Often there are a few teams working to the deadline, and they will have questions.

Race Day AM -- Brief leaders with any concerns.

Example: On 2005 race 4, we removed two controls from the race as they were on trees that overhung the creek, which was very, very wet. I also warned leaders and teams that travel on the creeks should be done with caution.