Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Some thoughts on why Halden SK is so good


Halden SK has been one of the absolute best -- if not the best -- O' clubs in recent years. Why are they so good?

I came across a Norwegian orienteer who tried to answer the question. If you can read Norwegian, take a look at the original article here.

I read, but didn't translate, the article. Here are a few of the factors that might explain why Halden SK is so good...

The orienteers train a lot. One of them supposedly did 750 hours last year. Another put in 80 hours in January.

The club has a lot of group training. Here is a typical week schedule:

Monday: Indoor training -- strength, explosive strength and ball games.
Tuesday: Interval training.
Wednesday: Long run including O' technique in the morning. Aerobics in the evening.
Thursday: Training from the club house -- often O' technique with a sauna and snack afterwards.
Weekends: O' technique training and long runs.

Another important factor in Halden's success is a guy named Kjell Puck. He's apparently a leader in the club who helps out with everything.

The article actually talks about a few other reasons for Halden's success, but the ones I wrote about above seem, to me, to be especially important: orienteers who train a lot, a lot of organized training (with plenty of variety and technique training), and a supportive leader.

posted by Michael | 7:05 PM


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