Wish you were here: Live timing brings everyone to the race (sort of).
It’s all in the timing
Last month’s article by Bill McCollom hit the
nail on the head. For parents of racers, live tim-
ing is very addictive. But sometime it’s our only
option to follow our kids. Recently, my daugh-
ter was racing at Killington in the Vermont Cup
SL. Not only did I have live timing running, but
I found that the K1 lodge web cam on Killing-
ton’s site shot up the Highline trail, where the
race was being held. I quickly tweeted/Face-
booked all of her friends and family about this
rare anomaly, even though the camera was
positioned so far from the trail the girls looked
like ants crawling over a hill. I sat in my office
back in NJ patiently waiting for her run. Then
the worst thing happened. With all of her family
jumping on the web-cam site, it crashed just as
she left the start. So there I was, screaming at
a blank screen, “NOOOOOO!” My own pride
ruined it. After I settled down, I kept her second
run all to myself, like a junkie hides his stash.
For all its pitfalls, live timing is a godsend. I get
to enjoy the thrill of my daughter’s races with-
out the guilt of not being there. Just when you
thought our obsession with social networks
couldn’t get any worst, live timing has added
chat to its site.
Stuck in NJ
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