Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Report from Hawn raceWe had three hours to get as many points as possible. Controls had values of 1, 2, 3 or 4 points. We drew the maps from master maps and had up to an hour of time to plan our routes.
I'm not good at figuring out the best route for a score course. But I figured my goal was to get a good long run in the forest on a nice map. I didn't really care if my route wasn't optimal. Still, you don't want to pick a stupid route. I spent maybe 5 minutes deciding how I'd take the controls.
After the race, I looked at how Eric Buckley and Dave Frei planned their routes. Both were much more systematic than I was. Eric, for example, marked where he expected to be at specific times (e.g. one hour into the event). He'd check his progress at those points and might revise his plan. I think he measured his route and estimated his expected kilometer time.
I just picked a route that would get me most of the control, then kept an eye on my watch and adjusted my plan on the fly. I suspect a careful approach pays off.
I was happy with my race. I felt like I was running fairly well in the forest. Maybe I could have run harder. On the other hand, it is probably better to finish with the idea that you could have gone a bit harder the first hour than go too hard the first hour and really drag the last hour.
I sucked down some Hammergel and drank some Gookinaid on the course. That helped. posted by Michael | 3:59 PM
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