Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tom's analysis


Tom Carr wrote a short analysis of his racing in Finland. Here is one thing he wrote:

* Worked hard to have disciplined O technique with a plan and an AP.
+ Faltered at times and regressed to sloppiness.
+ Dotted/localized feature dominant terrain is not amenable to the "aim off and run the line" technique. Need to work on eliminating this as a primary technique.
+ Had many successful controls though.

I was interested in these comments because we'd talked about this during TJOC last Month. During one of the races at TJOC, Tom and I approached a control at about the same time (I was 50 meters or so behind). Tom approached the control in a way that I thought was risky. The control was on a point feature on a steep hillside with several other point features. Tom headed down the hill early and just ran along it looking for a flag. I took a different route. I went to a clear attackpoint (a little reentrant near a trail at the top of the hill) directly above the control circle. It turned out the flag was mishung and Tom hit it right away. I came to the right feature, but then didn't find the flag for a while.

In retrospect, Tom's approach was ok in the TJOC terrain (though I might have beaten him to the control if it'd been hung in the right place). But, as Tom pointed out above, it is a technique that doesn't work as well in "Dotted/localized feature dominant terrain."

One of the tricky things about living in terrain that is more-or-less continental (like the terrain around Kansas City, where I live, or the terrain around Dallas, where Tom lives), is that you can get by with techniques that don't carry over to other types of terrain. It takes a lot of discipline to orienteer systematically in Kansas City or Dallas terrain.

posted by Michael | 8:06 PM


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