Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Before and after technique training


Mary and I went up to Weston Bend for some O' technique training today. On the short drive to the map, we talked a bit about the training. On the way home we also talked a bit about how it went. When I got home, I went to the book shelf and pulled out a Swedish O' training book and found that it had a set of technique training questions that was quite close to what Mary and I talked about.

Here is a translation of the questions from the Swedish book:

Before the session:

What is the purpose of today's training?
How does today's training relate to my overall goals?
How do I feel before the session (motivated -- unmotivated, tired -- fresh, poorly prepared -- well prepared)?

After the session:

Did I meet the purpose of today's training?
How was my concentration?
What did I learn today?
What didn't go so well and what can I do about it?
What went well and how can I make sure it goes well again?

The Swedish O' manual doesn't just set these questions out, it include a form that you're supposed to fill out before and after the session. I guess the idea is to force yourself to go over the questions and make sure you've got a record of what you did. If you don't think through these sort of questions before and after training, having a paper form is probably a good idea.

posted by Michael | 8:04 PM


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