Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Interesting technique training


The Swedish team had a training camp in Denmark where they did an interesting technique training (you can read about it at SOFT, Johanmodig.com and Emmaengstrand.com).

Here is a rough translation of what Engstrand wrote:

Tuesday afternoon we did a training I'd never done before. On a map next to the WOC long distance terrain (a map from the JWOC in 1995) we ran a course at race pace in the morning. After a careful analysis of the course, we ran the same course in the afternoon. This was to let us reflect on how we completed the course and to compare with how to do a course when it goes perfectly. It is impressive that after running a course just one time you can pretty much run it again without looking at the map.

A bit of what Modig wrote:

I did a technically good run in the morning...and expected it to be hard to run faster in the afternoon. But despite having legs that were clearly more tired than in the morning, I ran a bit over a minute faster.

And here is a quote from Goran Andersson from the SOFT page:

We tested running the same course two times, taking exactly the same route choice, to see how much time could be if you optimized the time it takes for the orienteering. It turned out that most could cut about 8-9 percent on the second run, which was much more than we expected. Now we will go forward and see how we can get the orienteering to take as little time as possible from the running.

I've done something a bit similar -- but focusing on running a single leg two times in a row, taking the same route, and trying to be smoother and quicker. But, I didn't keep times (or if I did, I can't remember what the times were). It sounds like a good exercise.

posted by Michael | 8:43 PM


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