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Friday, February 23, 2007

Big race this weekend...sort of

 

This weekend's big race? The last relay of the season at Omanager.

Omanager is an online O' simulation reminiscent of games like strat-o-matic baseball
. The basics are pretty straightforward. You decide how each of your runners train, pick relay teams, and sit back and see how they perform in the races. Performance in races depends on the runners characteristics and some "luck."

To play casually requires very little time, maybe 10 minutes a couple of times a week. To play seriously could take a lot of time.

I started playing because I was curious how the game worked. I've kept playing because it is strangely satisfying to see the runners progress and to get good results in races.

A game like CatchingFeatures is obviously useful for an orienteer. It feels like training. It feels like it helps your orienteering. So, does a game like Omanager have any real-world benefit? Maybe.

It is a nice reminder of the constant trade-offs you make as you train. Let's say you assign hill training your runners. They get stronger at running hills, but they lose some motivation and increase their chance of getting sick or injured. Through the season you balance training and rest. You try to keep the runners healthy and motivated. Maybe having to think through that sort of trade-off is a useful reminder as you think about your own real-world training.

Going into the last race of the season, my men's team is 68th place and my women's team is in 42nd place (both in "superelite"). For the weekend's race, I'm hoping for top 50 by the men and top 20 by the women. Both would be season-best results. So, it is a high goal. We'll see.


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posted by Michael | 9:02 PM

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Comments:
weekend's big race is it fun?
 
Take it as experience to learn rather than taking it as fun.. Big RAce.
 
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