Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Some of the weekend's booms


Over the weekend, the Norwegians had selection races for the Nordic Open Champs. I spent some time today reading race reports from Bjornar Valstad, Hanne Staff and Tore Sandvik.

Both Valstad and Sandvik boomed when they saw others in the woods.

Sandvik caught an earlier started around the fourth control and lost concentration. He boomed about a minute. Check out the map here.

Valstad wrote that he had three booms when he caught earlier starters. Check out his routes here. Valstad wrote a bit about one of those booms. Here is a quick translation:

On one of the occasions, a (Swedish) runner followed me for a few legs. It irritated me a lot and I made the day's biggest boom. Following is bad, but I shouldn't let it irritate me, I have to work on focus and concentration.

Looking at my maps from the weekend, I made one mistake when I was aware of another runner. In the middle of the second day I ran a few legs where I saw Jon Torrance off and on. On the way to the 5th control, Jon caught me from behind (he boomed 4 after blazing by me on the way to 3). I let my concentration lapse when I should have been looking at the leg. I decided to leave the trail earlier than I should have. I got stuck in some thick vegetation and lost a bit of time. If I had been alone I don't think I'd have lost my concentration.

Sometimes it is satisfying to see that the world's best orienteers making the sort of mistakes that the rest of us make. It is like watching an NBA player put up an air ball.

posted by Michael | 8:57 PM


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