Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Today's training


For today's training I ran a course at Clinton with long legs and relatively simple controls. My usual training courses have lots of short legs with lots of direction changes. Today's course was almost the opposite.

Running long legs to easy controls gives a very different feeling to the session. The challenge of concentrating on long legs with easy control points is different, especially on a map like Clinton (easy orienteering with lots of open areas). I suppose a weakness of training on courses with lots of short legs is that maintaining concentration is, in a way, easy. You're constantly reading the map and looking at small details. On a course with long, easy legs, you have more opportunities to let your mind wander (hence more opportunities to practice stopping your mind from wandering).

posted by Michael | 9:36 PM


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