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Bart Watson 22-07-2011
The following was my email response to string of team emails for Klondike Relay Race 2009. We were sharing and discussing our concerns about whether our start time would allow us to get to the leg 9 checkpoint in time before mass start time.

Re: Our race start time

Speaking of estimated times, I don't know if I've told all of you a funny story about my experience on the Klondike about five years ago. I was slotted for Leg 6, and I got dropped off with my girlfriend in a tent by the side of the road on a nice flat spot near the 1 km-to-go mark at the end of Leg 5. I set my alarm for about an hour before I needed to be at the start, according to the estimated times provided by each of the runners. I was dead asleep in the middle of the night when our Leg 5 runner came along and shouted as he passed the tent, a full two hours earlier than the estimate. I didn't hear a thing, but my girlfriend somehow woke up and shook me awake. In a matter of seconds, I pulled on my running clothes and hopped into the car, without anything to eat and just a quick gulp of water, to arrive at my start just before my teammate sprinted in. I spent the next two hours feeling groggy and somewhat nauseous from the shock to my system of going straight from a deep sleep to on the road for a brutal run without any kind of warm up or nourishment.

The moral of that story is we all tend to overestimate our times, whether out of false modesty or lack of recognition that the adrenaline of race day pushes us faster. So I bet we get in to Whitehorse considerably earlier than we're anticipating. Except for my estimate, which of course is way too fast compared to the reality of what I'll probably end up doing....

(note: Our team estimated race time for that year was dead-on...to the hour and minute. Honest.)
 

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