Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Train orienteering every day all around the year


Janne Weckman wrote about the development of orienteering over the last 10+ years.

Since 1994 and publishing of ?"Suunnistus ja Ajattelu"? by Pekka Nikulainen, development of orienteering technique has been really fast and is getting faster every year.

In his book Nikulainen brought also psychological aspect as one part of what you are doing in forest. I see that as a beginning of modern orienteering.

After that it is widely seen that you are able to train orienteering every day all around the year.

When I first spent time in Sweden, the conventional wisdom seemed to be that you shouldn't train technique more than once a week. The thinking was that if you trained technique more than once a week, then you'd feel stale when it came time to race.

I bought into the idea, in particular because the best orienteer I knew welbelieveded it.

But, then a couple of years later I read an article by Anders Friberg (now Tistad, and known as Frippe). At the time, Frippe was the trainer for the club I was running for. He'd written an article questioning the conventional wisdom and pointing out that getting stale from too much technique training was something you could control. If you had the right approach and attitude, there was no reason to think you'd get stale.

I bought into that idea. And, I began to train a lot more technique. I didn't train everyday, but I trained on maps most days (sometimes very low map reading intensity). I made a jump in my orienteering.

It might be fun to, as an experiment, see how many days in a row I could do somtechniqueue training. It'd be a bit inconvenient, since I have to drive a ways to get to maps, but it might fun to see how practical (impractical?) it'd be.

Interesting use of video

Jan Kocbach made a video of the map from a training event. It is a cool idea.

posted by Michael | 8:18 PM


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