Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

...he doesn't look very fast at all...


Mattias raced against Thierry Georgieou (France's world champion) last week and wrote:

Thierry went past me at some point during the race, and he doesn't look very fast at all, plus he made a couple of small mistakes!! It's fascinating that he beats the shit out of everyone..or maybe he can even run a lot faster than he did, but he doesn't need to??

When I read Mattias' comment, I thought about how some runners look fast and some don't, but it isn't easy to tell how fast someone is actually going. Some people seem to look relatively slow but make up for it by keeping a very steady pace (Mikell Platt is an example that comes to mind). Others seem to dash through the forest (I remember having Eric Bone fly past me, I couldn't have kept up with him for 100 meters). Some runners seem to be moving slowly, but are actually going faster than they look (if you've ever run a road race with Gene, you know what I mean).

*Georgieou ran the about 6:20 min/km for a 5.8 km course in terrain that Mattias described as "absolutely disgusting forest behind, green, rocky, steep, just horrible."

posted by Michael | 1:13 PM


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