Customer Service, hold please.
So yesterday, I sent off a nasty-gram to the Sea Otter folks about the women's expert race fiasco.
I had to. Otherwise the angry thoughts would still be rolling around in my head and I had real work to get done here at the Fox den.
I was thinking about people like my teammate Lorena, who came all the way from Michigan to race the event. Or Ryan, for whom this was her first big expert race. Or 2/3s of the women's expert field. Or, heck, even for me.
Sometime during cross season I decided that the ol leg and lungs were feeling better and I wanted to try racing again. I designated Sea Otter as my first goal. So I worked hard. I even got on the stupid trainer at 6:00am for crying out loud. And although a podium placing felt out of reach, finishing those two difficult laps would have been an accomplishment that I would have been damn proud of.
I know I can feel proud and everything anyway. And I know its just racing and matters not when put into perspective. But those of you who know, know what is missing for me here. Besides, $50 is $50.
So anyway. I wrote my nasty gram. And usually I am courteous and diplomatic. But this time I was not so much. I copied some NORBA folks on it on a whim because Sea Otter is held under NORBA and its a qualifier for Mammoth Nationals.
Well, lo and behold, I got a response back from Dean Crandall at NORBA.
When I left the race course Sunday night, I was told by the timing company that the final results for the XC would show all women that were stopped after one lap to have a placing. I will use these placings as qualifying spots for the Mammoth Nationals.
I have forwarded your letter to Dan Thomas, one of the chief officials for the race. He will respond to your questions as he was involved in the decision and I was not.
Thank you for taking the time to explain the position of the women affected.
NORBA Western Region Manager
2308 Forest St
Denver CO 80207
So that was nice. Sometimes even just a response or ackowledgment can help the frustration.
Anyone want to take odds on whether someone from Sea Otter will respond?
Makes me want to go to Mammoth Nationals and kick some ass. Unless there's still snow there. Then I don't want to so much.
Okay...I'm officially done whining about it now. I think.