Friday, April 20, 2007

Poker :: low limit donkrings

After another few months break from poker I hit $50 cash tables again at PokerStars. I call it donkrings, but myself, in the best case scenario I'm a zebra. Bit faster, more aggressive than donkeys, but still yet another type of a horse. I was off to a good start, but later on got a downswing of 10 buyins, where I stopped and moved on to finish off the master thesis :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sports :: Moletu Relays

Traditionally all the relays are packed towards the start of the season. So after a short break second competition took place today. As you can see from the pictures, weather went nuts - one week ago it was sunny and hot, and today it was snowing and freezing. This time I had to run first leg for the top team of my club. I was feeling alright, but fucked up everything bigtime right from the beginning when I lost my SI card. It happened it in a very silly way - at the start countdown (15sec... 10sec... 5sec...) I made a snowball and throwed it forwards when start went off, and my SI card went off the finger also :) I figured that I dont have any SI card when we were nearing the first control, so had to return (against stream of runners, since I was in front of the pack) to start to replace it, resulting in 6min loss. After that I ran alone most of the course, and started to overtake last teams just before the spectator control. All in all I was behind 8mins to the fastest time, and my teammates couldnt make up for it (we finished in ~7-8th place, cant remember exactly).

Start. As you can see I'm running without SI card already :p
(on my right hand, there's only white glove:)

Random shot of a control

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Sports :: Kauno relays

So today (informal national liar's day:) first big relay of the season took place. It was in usual 3leg format. I was assigned to run for the first leg of a second team of "OK Azuolas" (name of our club, meaning "orienteering club oak" which is a bit generic:) Each leg was 8.5km long and there were 29 teams running the mens elite course. Since my current shape doesnt allow me to do any warmup (I need to conserve energy for actual race;) , I did some stretching just few seconds before the mass start:

The race itself went good, after about 1/4th of the course I was among top10 (because main "train" lost 1-2minutes on first control, which I found perfectly) but later on I couldnt and wouldnt keep the high pace, and finished in ~22th or so, loosing ~10min to leader, and ~5-6min to the main group. Ah, here I'm taking the right turn while punching the spectator control (dead tired, am I not? :)

Our club (first team) was leading after two legs with 3min margin to the second place, but one donkey completely forgot that he was registered and didnt arrive to the competition at all. So we had to let our (second team) anchorman run for the first team, which he bravely did, but he managed only the 13th place (loosing 20+ minutes:)
Too bad, cause the competition had 2min video coverage on the national TV in the main news, and it would've been nice to get our club's name into publicity some more.