Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, March 15, 2004

Lowegren's new web page


Fredrik Lowegren is the latest elite orienteer with a web page. Lowegren placed 5th in the classic at the 2001 World Champs, but he's been struggling with injuries the last couple of years.

I've poked around Lowegren's page a bit and it shows some promise, though it is too early to tell if it'll be a must-visit page. So far it is entirely in Swedish.

Here's a quick translation of a bit of Lowegren's training philosophy:

When I began working with Anders Garderud [olympic steeple chase gold medalist and current Norwegian national O' team coach] we changed my training before the 2000 season. Earlier I'd trained everything at the same time, I did a mix of endurance, speed and strength. Anders training philosophy with different training periods has given me more continuity in my training. I do more distance training in the winter, without many intervals and speed. As the competition season nears I do more running strength training, like running in marshes, hills and sand. I do speed training a couple of weeks before the most important races....

And from another part of his page:

...It was fun to win junior cups, junior national champs, junior nordic champs and junior world champs but hose are really just a small part of my merit list. Those races should have been important goals on my way to a senior championship. But back then I thought they were the most important things. Unfortunately, in my junior years nobody convinced me to set out a much more long-term plan. At most I thought a year ahead, and sometimes I planned no farther than the next weekend. I didn't dare set priorities, I wanted to have good results at all of the races, which led to not training well enough.

I picked these two small bits of Lowegren's page to translate because I think they illustrate an important idea -- planning for the long-term and the difficulty younger people have thinking in the long-term. Though I don't have any data to back this up, I'd guess that very few orienteers under the age of about 23 or 24 really think beyond a year or two at a time. Of course, I'd also guess that very few orienteers of any age think beyond a year or two at a time!

posted by Michael | 8:49 PM


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