Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

What is Troeng thinking about?


Mats Troeng is in Japan to run the WOC for Sweden. But, he's sick. Here is a quick translation of something Troeng wrote about his current status:

...How much does a sickness like this really worsen your performance?

Let me speculate about it. Say I run a certrain course (e.g. the middle distance final at the WOC) in 32 minutes when I'm in top form. What would be time be if I was in "normal" form?

Of course the answer depends on a number of factors. Based on my own experience I'd guess the answer would be about 33 minutes. My physical results don't usually vary so much during a competition season. A little bit worse phsycial form usually shows up as feeling like it is going touch, but I'm not actually going much slower.

Let us think about it another way. If I run a course in 32 minutes with a "normal" technical perforance, what would the time be with a top technical performance? A guess in Japanese terrain is it'd be about 29-30 minutes. I'm basing that on the idea that taking the right routchoices and running the right way through the forest will pay off.

In other words, the technique/mental preparations are extremely important. And having a cold doesn't prevent you from thinking a lot. I have, in other words, had some really good preparations!

It sounds like Troeng is making the best of his situation. It'll be interesting to see how he recovers from his cold and how he runs at the WOC.

posted by Michael | 8:02 PM


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