Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Cross training


In the mid-1980s, a guy named Mark Thomas gave a little talk at an A-meet hosted by Possum Trot. Thomas owned a store that specialized in equipment for Tri-athlons. He had some sort of athletic background and was a bit interested in orienteering. He wasn't really a very good orienteer, but he was enthusiastic and interested in the sport. The subject of his talk was training for orienteers.

Mark's main point was that orienteers didn't really train, they just "cross-train." Orienteers do a lot of running, but not a lot of orienteering. Orienteers considered running "training" when he considered it cross-training. Other sports aren't like that. In other sports, the bulk of training is more specific.

I think Mark had a good point.

posted by Michael | 12:56 PM


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