Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

J is for January 1


Most articles about how people train take one of two approaches. The author looks at how one specific individual trains, perhaps describing a week or a year, or they write about how they think you should train. Pick up a running magazine and you'll usually see both types: Joe-Champ-Runner's "typical" training week and "how to shave 2 minutes off your 10K PR in just 8 weeks."

Maybe you can learn something by taking a different perspective. I decided to take a look at how a bunch of people trained on a given day -- January 1.

I put together a list of 20 orienteers. They are all people who record their training on the internet. I look at all 20 of these people's training at least every week or so. Some of them I look at every day.

All 20 are orienteers. They cover a wide range of ages, nationalities and abilities. Most I know personally. But I've also got some national team members from Scandinavian nations.

I checked each person's log and looked at how they trained on January 1.

The type and amount of training varied. Three people rested (including two of the absolute best on my list; Pasi Ikonen and Emma Engstrand). Two people trained for over two hours (curiously, both from GHO in Hamilton though they didn't train together). I see running, orienteering, skiing, biking and using a Nordic Track.

The average amount of training was 65 minutes (median was 58.5).

I didn't list Nadim as resting. I probably should have. His training on January 1 was two minutes of calisthenics.

Only one of the 20 was obviously injured. Peggy is recovering from a broken toe and spent 25 minutes on a Nordic Track.

Two of the 20 orienteered. I was one of them. Tom was the other.

I was a little surprised to see only one person who used two different forms of training. Kurt Huber went for a run and rode a bike on a trainer. Huber has an interesting looking web page. I can't read German, but I poke around now and then and see some interesting maps on his page.

Mike Eglin's training on January 1 looks fun. He was hiking at the Grand Canyon.

Did I learn anything? I don't know, but it was fun to see the variety of training.

posted by Michael | 7:36 PM


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