Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, May 26, 2006

What makes a good orienteer?


Three things:

1. Good O' skills developed by racing and practicing.
2. Strong running abilities developed by training.
3. Motivation and drive.

I was thinking about this as I was getting ready to go to the Texas Junior Orienteering Camp (which begins this weekend). At the training camp, we spend a lot of time working on 1 and 2. But, in past years we haven't done much with 3.

Why is that?

I think it is because we tend to think of motivation and drive as attributes people have rather than attributes people develop. We think about praciting O' making someone a better map reader. We think about going out and running as making someone a better runner. But maybe we don't think about how to make someone motivated and driven.

I've got some ideas about how we might go about developing motivation and drive. I plan to test them out at the Texas Junior O' Camp. When I get back, I'll write about how it worked (especially if it seemed to work well).

posted by Michael | 8:16 PM


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