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City Chase – North American Final takes place in ‘La Belle Ville de Quebec’

Quebec City.  My first Mitsubishi City Chase national final!

Team Calgary in Quebec City

What a roller coaster this event has brought me this year.  A fantastic 40th birthday gift and party, a confirmation that my ‘critical thinking’ skill-set is a very valuable and effective tool, new friends Canada-wide, and the harsh reality that crushing bitter disappointment can only lead me to try and improve for the future.

It’s 8pm and I’m currently in a window seat on Air Canada flight 167 back to Calgary.  Race partner Jen is asleep next to me.    We didn’t win…   we didn’t come close….  we didn’t make it to finish line …  .  Out of the Canadian teams, we finished 6th out of 7  (now how’s that for the crushing disappointment part).

I’ll get into a lot more details about the race later.  I’ve spent so much time the last two days analyzing the race in my head (what we did right, what mistakes we made, and how we could have improved) and I need some time to step back.

I can tell you that despite the result, I don’t think we let ourselves or our supporters down at all.  Sometimes the result is more than just the overall final standings – it includes the journey to get there and how you competed.

Of all the teams, we weren’t the physically strongest or fittest.  We didn’t have as much ‘National race’ experience as some other teams.  We’re smart but maybe not the cleverest or most ingenious.  Some participants spoke better French, and we assumed a few others had done more research and scouted Quebec City in person more than just a day before the event.  But mix all those characteristics together and I believe our team would rank fairly high.

For the time we were in the final, Jen and I raced hard.  We started around 9am Friday morning outside the Chateau Frontenac with just the clothes on our back.  No money, no phone, no map, no paper or pen, not even our watches.  We did pick up a Blackberry after the race started.  From then on we were almost always in the leading pack.  We proved to ourselves and others that we were a possible contender for the title.

Then the end.  I’Ile D’Orleans.  3am on a putting green.  An end to our adventure.  By the time we’re back at the Chateau Frontenac we’re already thinking how to get back to the City Chase Canadian Championship next year.  And what we’re going to do better to make sure we’re not eliminated too early.

That’s it for now, it’s my turn to get some rest now.

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If you want to see a short news clip on the race, check it out here.  (Suggest you right click on link and open it in a new tab.)

Also, this post deliberately name-drops the sponsoring companies.  Without them there would be no race.  Thanks for making at all possible.

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