Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, April 16, 2006

"You can't just do what you're good at or what you love to do"


One of my training theories is that you should do more of what you don't like (or what you don't do). I don't like road racing. So, I should do more road races. I like middle distance events. So, I should do more sprint and long distance races.

I came across this quote in a NY Times article about middle-aged people suffering through sports injuries:

"Like other lessons in maturity, it's about being smarter," said DiNubile, whose book "Framework" outlined a seven-step program for recreational athletes. "You can't just do what you're good at or what you love to do. Men tend to like to do weight training when they should be doing more flexible things, and women tend to do flexible things when they should be doing more weights.

Randy's tests

Randy tested some of the routes I'd picked at the Fair Hill sprint. Take a look at his summary of the race and his route tests.

The times on the different options are very close and the experiment probably isn't sensitive enough to count those small differences as significant. Still, I was glad to see that my armchair route choices look reasonable.

posted by Michael | 7:36 PM


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