Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, December 07, 2006



There's nothing like night O' for exposing sloppy orienteering.

Tonight I ran a short night O' course for the first time this season. Some weaknesses were exposed:

1. On the way to the second control I stumbled and fell. Weakness exposed = not running smoothly through the terrain. Solution = train in the forest.

2. On the way to the third control I drifted left. Weakness exposed = inability to hold a straight line. Solution = technique training, focused on holding a straight line (especially at night where there aren't as many clues to keep you on line).

3. On the way to the fifth control I needed to drop down three contour lines to a trail, but after I'd dropped down just one line I came to a trail (unmapped) and ran on it, thinking I'd already dropped far enough. Weakness exposed = inability to accurately judge climb/fall. Solution = more technique work.

I only ran 30 minutes of night O', but it exposed three big weaknesses. Night O' is like that. In the day you can get away with sloppiness that night punishes.


posted by Michael | 9:09 PM


Night O' is like that. In the day you can get away with sloppiness that night punishes.

Anders Gärderud used to say that night O is very much like boxing - one small moment of inattention and you´ve had it! ;)
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