Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Notes from a sprint race


Note to self -- In a sprint race, take a few extra seconds at the start and a few extra seconds at each control to make sure I'm going to the right place next.

Here is a bit of Lars Skjeset's description of his run at a Norwegian sprint race (my translation is a bit rough):

My suffering began on the first leg. I couldn't find the start triangle on the map immediately and searched a little (?) before I found the marker.

Toward the second control I still hadn't gotten into the map and lost a few seconds.

On the way to the next control I saw a chance to regain some of the seconds I'd lost. But, I must have been a bit too stressed and orienteered directly to the 7th control. When I got there and the code didn't match I was confused (?). I looked around for other controls in the little bit of forest. It took me a bit before I understood what I must have done.

It sounds like Skjeset's race is a mess. When I looked at the map I had a lot of sympathy. It isn't easy to see the start triangle or to make sense of which control comes next. Take a look at the course and Skjeset's routes here.

posted by Michael | 12:43 PM


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