Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Advantage to armchair O'


I'm doing some night O' practice tomorrow night. I've got to print out the maps. That'll take a few minutes. Then I've got to pack my bags with clothes and my headlamp. That take another few minutes. After work, I'll drive to the park (more minutes), change (more minutes), and run. When I'm done running, I'll change again (a few minutes), drive home (more time), unload all my junk and put some of it in the washer (more time), and get a shower.

The time adds up. I'll probably spend almost as much time getting ready and getting home as I do running. It is worth it, of course, because it is such good training.

But, you know what? Armchair orienteering isn't like that. I'm never much more than a couple of steps away from a map of some kind. It takes just a few seconds to pick up a map and start studying it. Nearly every minute devoted to armchair orineteering is spent looking at a map.

Of course, armchair orienteering isn't as good a way to train as night O' is. But, the fact that it is such a time effective way to train is nice.

posted by Michael | 7:56 PM


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