He doesn't have that many local meets, so I try to go to them when he does. But Tuesday?? Who schedules a x-country meet on a Tuesday? In his defense, the coach realized, after it was too late, that he wished he hadn't scheduled it for a Tuesday. ... Tuesday...
My point is, if I have one - well, I don't. Really. Have. A point - but if I did, it would be that I felt a bit guilty about not being able to watch his race. I had to tutor. Wolfgang didn't seem bothered that I wouldn't be there, it being a Tuesday and all...
Thing is, he's thisclose to breaking the 17-minute mark, and I expected that he would do it at this meet since it was on a nice local course that he's familiar with, and he's thisclose. And the running thing, it's one of our common interests so we can geek out about shooz and pacing and such while the rest of the family looks on in befuddlement.
What I really feel guilty about is that I was kind of, but not really, but yeah I kind of was, HOPING THAT HE WOULDN'T DO ALL THAT WELL. I MEAN! I wanted him to do well, but I was conflicted, ya know? Since I wouldn't be there?
And wouldn't you know? It all worked out in MY favor! He ran relatively slow (awww), but everybody ran relatively slow (yaaaaay!). So he still finished well.
It was hot. It was late in the day. It was Tuesday. Times were slow --> WIN!
And Wolfgang wasn't a full on orphan. Magnum knocked off early and made it to the spectator gallery.
Cross country meets aren't exactly spectator events. There's this mass start followed by the runners disappearing into the woods. Every now and then, they run by certain spots in a cloud of dust amid a hail of cheers and cowbells and such. From a spectator's view point, most of it is spent waiting, which is fine for me since I'm not good at watching anyway.
5k's later, they emerge from the woods, sweaty and dusty, into the finish gate. Much hacking and spitting then ensues.
Magnum has an iPhone he uses just for work. Since he had it on him, he decided to learn to use the camera function. He managed to actually get a couple with at least part of Wolfgang in them.
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Well, it's a new camera on a moving target. And the photos of gravel, trees, and random strangers were nice too.