Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, May 01, 2006

Sprint training without an O' map


One of the nice things about sprint O' training is that you can get decent training using maps that aren't really O' maps. The map at left is the SMU campus. Tom used it to do sprint training yesterday.

I did a little sprint training today. But, I got by without a map. I walked around the C.I.A. campus* thinking about how a sprint map would look and making decisions about what I would map and what I would leave off the map. I also explored the forest just north of the campus, again thinking about how the map would look.

In the old days, I used to do a lot of training that involved looking at the terrain and thinking about how I'd map it. Sometimes I'd bring along some paper and sketch out the map, but mostly I just studied the terrain and thought about mapping. In my experience, it seems to be an effective way to train.

*The C.I.A. campus would make a really sweet (pun intended) sprint venue.

posted by Michael | 5:56 PM


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