Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

H.A.R.T. Camp?


H.A.R.T. Camp is part of my preparation for the fall season and the U.S. relay champs.

What is it?

High Altitude Relay Training Camp.

Mook organized the camp. It will be small (Mook, Mikell Platt and me...maybe Dan?). We'll spend a couple of days training on the maps around Lake George, Colorado, and then run the RMOC Scapegoat.

It should be fun.

My goals/plans are:

Spend plenty of time running and walking on maps. I have done very little technique training the last year or so. I need to work on my map reading. I'll try to spend some time walking/hiking around on the maps taking careful looks at the terrain and the map (almost like mapping).

Gain confidence in running in the terrain. I'm still uncomfortable running in the terrain. I hope some terrain running and walking will help. Every time I run -- roads or terrain -- without my knee bending backwards, I get a little more confident.

Get in some fast orienteering. I have trouble running at altitude, so I need to make some adjustments in how I'd train if I'm going to get in any fast orienteering. Basically, there are two things I can do. First, run technique courses that go mostly downhill. Second, run "interval" courses where I run a leg, then rest a bit. Last year I did some training in Laramie before I went to Finland and used the interval approach. Mook, Mikell and I would meet at a control and race to the next control (starting a minute apart). It worked well. I had enough time to rest and catch my breath, which enabled me to run relatively fast. If I run a course at altitude, I have to either stop a lot or keep a slow/steady pace. The interval approach isn't the ideal way to train technique, but it is a good way to get some hard/fast running in at altitude.

posted by Michael | 12:47 PM


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