Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The price of training


I read an article in today's NY Times about the swimmer Dara Torres. She's 40 and turning in world class times (and passing doping tests). What caught my eye was the cost of training. The story reported that she spends about $100,000 a year of her "support staff." Her staff include a sprint coach, a strength and conditioning coach (who also handles diet), 2 full-time "personal stretchers," a physical therapist, a masseuse, and a nanny (she's got a young child).

Huge (by Kansas City standards) Night O' race

We had 87 starters at last night's O' race at Heartland (hosted by PTOC with Mike Shifman setting the courses). I'm pretty sure that is the most we've ever had at a local night O' race. Many of the competitors were high school students competing in teams of 2 or 3 runners.

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posted by Michael | 7:46 PM


There's a lot of pressure when a person spends 100k on something.I heard Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe both quit swimming because "it stopped being fun."
In orienteering; was the course too hard or just right?
I and my wife attended the Night-o event. It was our first O and we are hooked.
Just saw the results posted over on the PT site. We only scored 170 points, but my wife really was a sweet heart about the whole adventure.
Ive been trying to talk her into running with me now for 2 years.
This was the first time I have ever had her say to me. "If we take up this O stuff your gona have to help me with this running stuff!"
Well needless to say Im just happy as I can be.

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The Kellys
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