Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, December 23, 2002

Hanne and Björnar on map study


I poked around staff-valstad.com a bit and found something about map study. Here is a quick translation:

Hopefully, you're on of those who has a notebook of maps for each season. Put those maps to use in the winter. Look at them and how you ran. Look at both training and races. See if there is a pattern for when you have a good technical race and for times when you had mistakes. Are there situations where you boom (important races, certain types of terrain, controls on hillsides, flat and diffuse terrain, drifting off line, etc.)?

Pay special attention to when it went well! You should learn from when it goes well!

Look for different route choices -- choices other than what you did during the race.

Try to think back to the competitions. What where you thinking about? Where you in control or where you getting lucky? What information did you use (contour features, trails, etc..)?

What did you do when you were uncertain? Did you stop for a few seconds and correct yourself or did you keep going and hope for luck?

This particular bit of text isn't signed. So, I can't be sure if it is Hanne Staff or Björnar Vlastad (not that it really makes any difference). To me it sounds like Björnar, and he seems to write more of the stuff on the page than Hanne.

posted by Michael | 8:35 PM


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