Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, March 03, 2006

Ya-Ya's blanket...naked without a gun...and orienteering


Eric drew a remarkable connection between, of all things, orienteering and his daughter's security blanket. I read lots of stuff about orienteering. Much of it is standards stuff. Sometimes it is very interesting. But, I don't often come across something as amusing and insightful as Eric's latest.

Check out Eric's March 2 entry over at Carolsteam.org.

I remember hearing (or maybe reading?) something from Kent Olsson about recognizing the feeling of uncertainty you get just before you make a mistake. Olsson talked about recognizing it and doing something about it. That might mean stopping and pinpointing your location before continuing, or it might mean reminding yourself to pay attention to what your doing and read the map. Ignoring that feeling often means making a big mistake and losing your concentration.

What Olsson is talking about it involves paying attention to your thought process while you're thinking. That's really a remarkable skill. I don't think it is something you can do easily (at least I can't), but I think it is something you can train yourself to do.

The skill is very similar to recognizing when your concentration wanders. If you don't have that skill, when your mind wanders it just wanders. If you've got that skill, when your mind wanders you notice it and then make a decision -- "fine, I don't need to concentrate on what I'm doing" or "hey, pay attention, read the map."

Enough writing for now, I've got to go pack my bags for tomorrow's race.

GSP track from Florida

I loaded my GPS track from one of the races in Florida (M40). The colors indicate speed (with red is slowest > orange > yellow > green > blue > indigo > violet is fastest). I suppose I should load the route on the O' map...maybe tomorrow.

The color shows my mistakes and the time I stopped to remove my shoe and get a thorn out of my foot.

posted by Michael | 7:14 PM


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