Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Heart rate monitors...Nope, not today


I was going to write a few thoughts about using a heart rate monitor.

But, then I checked out a Norwegian O' page and saw two stories that caught my eye:

Rostrup won't defend his championship in the long (aka classic distance)

Valstad won't run the relay

Both are deciding not to run specific events because of the WOC schedule. Rostrup's main focus is the middle distance (his favorite distance in the most Nordic-like terrain). The long final is just two days before the middle distance qualifying and finals (both on the same day). Rostrup feels running a tough classic race just two days before two middle distance races isn't a good idea. So, he's skipping the long race. Valstad had to choose between running the relay or the middle distance. He's picking the middle.

So, we won't get to see the defending gold medalist in the long...and we won't get to see Valstad, last year's world cup winner, in the relay.

That's too bad.

We also won't get to see the defending sprint champ -- Jimmy Birklin -- in the sprint race because he's injured.

Maybe I'll write a bit about heart rate monitors tomorrow. Until then, check out this heart rate curve from yesterday's TDF.

posted by Michael | 7:38 PM


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