Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, October 04, 2004

Lars' training


I wrote about some training I'd done back in the mid 1980s and a comment asked "what was this exercise?"

Here is how it went.

Three of us were training together: Lars, Dan and I. We had one map. Lars picked out a location about 500-750 meters away. He picked features that would be clear and distinct, like boulders or cliffs. Once he'd picked the feature, he'd show it to Dan. Dan would then have as much time as he needed to plan how he'd run the leg. Once Dan was comfortable with how he'd run the leg, he'd hand the map to me and take off running. My job was to follow along, reading the map. Lars just ran along with us. Dan would run to the feature. When we got there, I'd point out the feature to Dan and Lars. Then we'd switch, I'd run on memory and Dan would follow.

The person running on memory, without the map in hand, is orienteering as a "that's where I'm going orienteer." The person running with the map, who doesn't actually know which feature your going to, is a "that's where I am orienteer."

Almost without fail, the "that's where I'm going orienteer" finds the control feature and finds it quickly. That's because they are looking ahead, simplifying the map and have a good picture of what the control circle and surrounding area will look like.

Almost without fail, the "that's where I am orienteer" struggles to keep up. That's because they are passive, they've got to see features then figure out on the map where they are. That is a slow way to orienteer.

posted by Michael | 8:10 PM


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