Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, February 20, 2006

A few notes from the Georgia A-meet


GPS track

I ran with a GPS on the second day. The image below shows my track and Mats Froberg's route (his is the thin blue line). The graph at the bottom shows altitude, speed and heart rate.

You'll note that the GSP track seems to have screwed up between 7 and 9. I remember hearing some beeping from the unit as I ran along that hillside. Maybe the signal was blocked by my arm and/or the hillside.

Pet Peeve

As far as I could tell, GAOC did a fine job with the event...but, they also presented one of my pet peeves. They'd set up the finish on both days with the expectation that a runner would either:

(a) stop moving within about a step after crossing the finish line, or
(b) slow down before reaching the finish line and then stop within a step of the finish.

Of course, that isn't the way a race works. You punch the last control and run like mad until you've crossed the finish line. Then you slow down over a short stretch, maybe ten meters or so. You don't just cross the line and stop. If you're running you just can't do that.

It isn't a big deal. It certainly doesn't affect the overall quality of the event. But, it is such an easy thing to get right that it drives me crazy when they get it wrong.

Inspiring TV

I watched some inspiring TV on Saturday afternoon. NBC ran a documentary about the 4x10 Km ski relay from the Olympics in Lillehammar, Norway. You might remember that race for a sprint finish where Italy beat Norway. It was a great race to watch.

The documentary featured interviews with all of the various skiers, including Dezolt from Italy.

I learned that Dezolt was 43 years old when he won that gold medal. Wow, that's older than me.

You can see a video clip and buy the show from Google video.

posted by Michael | 6:27 PM


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