Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Orienteering in Japan


It is fun to think about how to orienteer in the Japanese WOC terrain. I like to look at the maps and think about what my plan would be if I had to orienteer in Japan.

Check out this a map with Thierry Gueorgiou's routes on one of the training areas.

Hanna Palm, one of the Swedish WOC runners, wrote her thoughts on orienteering in Japanese terrain. Here is a bit of what she wrote (a very quick translation):

The difficulties are in picking the right route and then avoiding parallel errors of running on the wrong spur or in the wrong reentrant. You also have to concentrate despite all of the noise -- cicadas in the forest are very loud. There are also a lot of bugs moving around on the ground.

Cicadas! I'd never thought of the sound of cicadas being an issue for orienteering. But, I guess if you don't live some place with cicadas, it'd be disturbing. Maybe the Swedish team should have been training by running O' races with an Ipod full of cicada mp3s.

posted by Michael | 6:37 PM


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