Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, October 27, 2002

Low quality training


Today's training was the sort of training that I really don't need. Platt and I jogged around a course on an O' map. We didn't really pay much attention to what we were doing (not to mention that Platt was singing some of the time). You don't really get much out of this sort of training. I'd call it very low quality O' practice.

5 things to do to make O' practice high quality

Concentrate on what you're doing. O' practice if you're not concentrating on orienteering isn't much use. Jogging along and chatting isn't the best way to spend time on a map.

Have someone else design the course. This makes it feel more like a real race and forces you to deal with the O' problems in a way that you can't if you designed the course yourself.

Run at a race effort. O' is about navigating while you're running hard. Training at a hard effort raises the quality of the session a bunch. I don't think running with a heart rate monitor is essential, but it can help.

Use controls. Running to controls instead of to a feature simulates a race. Of course, getting the controls out there isn't always so easy. The best solution is to get the club to organize training sessions -- different people taking responsibility for setting the courses and hanging markers each week, for example.

Try to make it feel like a race. Think about the stuff that you do at a race and do that at a training. That might include giving yourself a specific start time and warming up the way you would at a race.

posted by Michael | 6:29 PM


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