Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, June 02, 2008

Grading system version 1.2


I spent some time scoring a month of training for a couple of orienteers who log their training on Attackpoint. In the process, I decided on changing my system for scoring training.

The current system (version 1.2) is:

A run or alternative training session = 1 point
Navigation = 1 point
Hills = 1 point
Running fast = 1 point
Running in the terrain = 1 point
Any workout of at least 110 minutes = 1 point

No more than 2 points/day for alternative training.
An O' race is 5 points (regardless of the terrain or hills).
No more than 10 points/day.

What is the point? Well, the point is to have a way of taking a systematic look at someone's training log as a tool for understanding how someone trains. It is a compliment to my favorite tool for looking at training, a set of questions (see H is for Hammer and Kim Fagerudd's training and How Does Samantha Train?.

One of the things I like about the grading system is that it doesn't really measure the volume of training. Obviously, the amount someone trains is both interesting and important. But, it is so easy to measure that it can be hard to see what else is going on with someone's training. Maybe the grading system will help see beyond the volume.

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posted by Michael | 8:41 PM


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