Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, February 05, 2004

W is for winning


Winning is the goal of sports, I guess. But, I don't think winning, or trying to win, is what motivates athletes.

Working is basically the same. You have a job because you need to make money. But, making money isn't what motivates you to work. Maybe that's not quite right. If making money is what motivates you to go to your job, you're probably not enjoying your work and chances are you're not doing your best.

Here is something from Mike Waddington that is related to motivation:

I learned that you have to treat the sport as fun first -- competition second. When I started doing this I got better results. I am competitive, but only in the search for that "fast and perfect" result. Nothing would make me happier than to have a perfect race and be 5th Canadian in the race.

W could also be for World Champs in Ski Orienteering

The Ski O' World Champs is set for next week (10th through 15th). The organizers are planning to use GPS and SMS technologies to provide updates of the skiers progress around the course. I think they're even planning to show the race live via the web.

It sounds interesting.

More info is from the Ski O' World Champs web page.

posted by Michael | 7:54 PM


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