Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

More on model events


Here are a few comments on the U.S. Champs model events that I found on the web:

...the merest hint of what was to come since this must have been the area of the map with just about the densest trail network...should have clued me in on how much trouble I'd late have deciding which dead tree/fallen tree/boulder I happened to be contemplating...

...Things matched-up pretty well most of the time giving me confidence although attack points were very close to trails mostly.

Pretty nasty -- a good indicator of things to come!

...Had some trouble with a pit and wanted to figure it out before the races. had some issues with the map & terrain...But, a lovely day.

Mostly just spent my time trying to figure out little green x's and o's.

...And the mapping of the knolls, pits, & tree features seemed pretty random as to what would and would not make the map...but if you figure that out on the model event, it's still usable.

I think I could also whine about the misleading winning time/misleading model.

As I wrote before, I think I got a lot out of the model event. Spending some time on the model made a big difference in my race.

Or did it? Maybe I think the model helped because I had a decent result (winning was more than I really deserved given how I ran).

For most of us, what we think about an event -- the course setting and mapping -- tends to be influenced by how well we did. If you win, you think the map had some problems, but you could figure them out. If you have a bad day, the same course setting and mapping were bad. I guess it is just human nature.

posted by Michael | 7:51 PM


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