I Love A Good Problem

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This week’s word is dilemma.

  1. A situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
  2. Any difficult or perplexing situation or problem.

I’m going to focus on that second definition.

I love a good puzzle, be it a jigsaw puzzle, crossword, or brainteaser. I don’t like having a problem, but I do love problem solving. In my experience, you have to be a good problem solver when running long distances. Things never go exactly how you plan, and you have to be able to figure things out on the fly. Being able to come up with a solution can mean the difference between a successful day and a day that ends in a DNF (did not finish).

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Ragnar problem solving

We had to do some big time problem solving at Ragnar to ensure we finished on time. Normally, if something happens to delay a Ragnar relay, they will have teams ‘double up’ to ensure they finish before the end of the event. This means if runner 1 and runner 4 both have the red loop left, they run together. We were faced with this dilemma during our Ragnar trail relay in Richmond the weekend before last. Except trying to double up was tricky, because we were on an ultra team. The Ragnar officials were not being very proactive, but we knew we needed to come up with a solution because we were not on track to finish on time. Luckily, despite our sleep-deprived state, we were able to figure things out. Thank goodness, because we definitely would not have finished otherwise!

Are you a good problem solver?

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  1. Gotta love a god puzzle. Almost anything can seem like a puzzle. And the sense of accomplishment when you complete it is a wonderful feeling.

    Need more of the Ragnar stories!

    LUD.

  2. Oh, I’m a great problem solver! I often joke about it but when the problem is solved, that’s my tagline. Just recently, we needed to scan a document into our computer with our new printer. My husband was as usual going about it all wrong–without thinking it through. I figured it out in no time, and he didn’t say a word. Smh.

    Yep. Problem solver.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…It’s a Dilemma: What’s a runner to do after she finishes a goal race?My Profile

  3. I do like to figure things out, but not under time pressure like that. Glad you figured it out.
    Coco recently posted…Fitting It All InMy Profile

  4. My very first Ragnar we had 2 runners not show up at the last minute. Like, didn’t even bother calling anyone to say. We had to track them down via phone & then they gave us wishy washy answers about why they couldn’t make it. Like what the heck!?

    So we did some revamping of the schedule. Switched around our van lineups & made it work.

  5. I’m a problem solver and love to help people solve theirs.
    Sonia recently posted…Mo’ Problems?My Profile

  6. And by “we were able to figure things out,” you mean, YOU were able to figure things out! You were our genius and problem solver! Thank you!!!

    Also, as always, thanks for linking up! 🙂
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Running DilemmasMy Profile

  7. I think I’m a pretty good problem solver because of my artsty-farsty think-outside-the-box way of thinking LOL I seldom ever take the “usual” sensible approach, and usually can find a clever “unique” solution. Sounds crazy, but it works for me (most times)
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Got any Dilemmas?My Profile

  8. I do love a good problem but like to be able to solive it with no pressure. Pressure makes it more difficult for me to solve.

  9. I am a good problem solver and while I may flounder a bit under pressure, that usually only lasts a few moments until I’m able to take it back to the bigger picture and start fresh. I think I’d be good at something like The Amazing Race, but you never know… I think they keep those folks going-going-going so they eventually become sleep deprived and sloppy. ha 😉 Nice job problem solving at Ragner!
    Elizabeth recently posted…Weekly Review May 9-15My Profile

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