Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Orienteering and basketball?


One of my "hobbies" is trying to apply ideas from other disciplines (everything from auto racing to corporate governance) to orienteering. I bumped into an interesting discussion of basketball and orienteering on John Frerickson's training lot at Attackpoint. Here is what John wrote:

I played in a basketball game for an hour to fill in for a friend who couldn't make. I played hard and got a great workout. I have realized that basketball is great cross-training since it requires a lot of short bursts of energy as well as endurance. In that regards it is similar to Orienteering: endurance, but not at a continues pace. It also requires a certain amount of mental discipline, as towards the end of the game, you can see where you need to hustle, but to actually make the split decision to execute it, you need to override your mental urge to rest. Since you are constantly resting and bursting during a basketball game, when you are tired, your brain just doesn't make that split decision in time, even though it knows it should.

The physical relationship between basketball and orienteering is obvious.

But, Fredrickson found a mental relationship. That takes a bit of creativity.

posted by Michael | 7:41 PM


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