Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, March 13, 2003

How Elisabeth Ingvaldsen trains


Elisabeth Ingvaldsen is a top Norwegian orienteer. While I was searching for info on Kjell Puck yesterday, I bumped into some info on her training in 1997. The article is from a seminar for O' trainers. You can see the original Norwegian article here. My rough translation follows:

In 1997, Elisabeth Ingvaldsen had 110 training sessions on maps. 43 of them were races, 67 were O' technique training session....She doesn't do high intensity sessions without controls. She wants to make sure she has orienteered correctly. She does a lot of O' technique training in the spring, much of it is easy runs of 90 minutes on her own. O' technique sessions are a good way to do physical training in the terrain. You have to be able to concentrate for more than 30 minutes in a race. She does less technique training during the competition season, mostly as a way of saving her legs.

In response to a question, she said, "if you get tired of doing O' technique, you've got a problem -- orienteering is what we're doing."

...She plans her training 4-8 weeks in advance. She evaluates what went well/poorly in her last races and tries to understand how to prepare. She pays special attention to that during training. Control picking, line orienteering, etc., isn't' so important. The most important thing is what is going on in your head.

Egil Johansen -- a world champ and former coach of the Norwegian national team -- pointed out that we don't know much about the effect of O' technique training.

And a really ugly car...

On the way to work today, I passed a Honda Element -- a really ugly car.

posted by Michael | 6:51 PM


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