Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, September 23, 2006

odd idea


From a book I'm reading:

...raced with his cheeks weirdly puffed out, as if trying to blow a walnut through a soda straw....Air pressure in the lungs affects how readily oxygen molecules hop across the alveolar membrane to be grabbed by red blood cells....reasoned that if more pressure means more molecular hopping, a runner applying back-pressure when exhaling could force a little more oxygen into the system.

The quote is from Kenny Moore's new biography of the Oregon running coach Bill Bowerman.

I have no idea if the idea of trying to create back-pressure makes any sense (it seems a bit farfetched) but I love reading about unusual ideas.

I remember reading an article that said runners from the old-USSR would hold their thumbs between their third and fourth fingers when they got tired. It was supposed to help a tired runner hold their form. Who knows?

Fast orienteer

The WOC long distance winner from Finland, Jani Lakanen sits in fourth place in the results list from this year's Lidingoloppet (huge, 30 km cross country race in Stockholm. He ran the course in 1:43:34.

Lakanen's time is really good. I've never raced Lidingoloppet, but I've run the course. It isn't easy.

I wondered how Lakanen's time compares to other orienteers who've run the race in the past. I don't have the patience to go through loads of results, but I came across a list of top Swedish times and saw some orienteers I recognized on the list:

Mats Hellstadius ran 1:38:56
Anders Karlsson ran 1:40:59

I came across a few other orienteers results from 2003:

Mats Haldin ran 1:47:06
Jamie Stevenson ran 1:47:49
Johan Nasman ran 1:49:24
Gabor Domonyik ran 1:51:14
Erik Axelsson ran 1:56:30

I'm sure I could find some more orienteers' times, but I think I'll go and watch the KU football game on TV instead.

posted by Michael | 8:04 PM


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