Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Compass training


Eric posted a map from one of his workouts:

Eric runs this as compass intervals. He runs at threshold pace on the odd numbered legs. It seems like a good workout.

Back in the day, I did a lot of training by running on a compass bearing. I ran at a steady pace, but not as hard as Eric does. I also ran in hilly areas, often setting legs that took me diagonally across a hillside. When I started doing these workouts, I didn't really have a goal in mind. It was mostly just a way to find a different use for an area I'd trained in a lot (the basemap for Rockcrusher, for those of you familiar with Orienteer Kansas terrain). I thought the training was valuable because it taught me to keep looking far ahead and to run a straight line - very useful skills even if you don't use a compass.

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posted by Michael | 7:34 PM


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