Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What do runners do in the weeks before a big race?


From a discussion at Attackpoint:

How do you prepare for an important race that you have been looking forward and training hard for months? What do you do in the last 1 - 2 weeks for an important sprint, middle or long orienteering race?

This seemed like a good opportunity to spend a few minutes looking at training logs for WOC runners to see what they did in the weeks just before the WOC. I didn't have much time, so I used my grading system to look at the training for two WOC runners.

Both runners I looked at had scores of about 30 points over the period of July 1-12 (July 13 was the first WOC race). The points reflect, to some extent, the quality of the training. A 15 point week is a decent week of training. You would usually need to do some high intensity work and some O' technique. But 15 isn't exceptionally high quality. It isn't, for example, like a good O' training camp (where you might easily hit 5-10 points a day).

One of the runners had the points spread evenly, with about the same number of points in the first 6 days of July as in the second 6 days. The other had a very different pattern, with over twice as many points in the second 6 day period (i.e. the 6 days immediately before the WOC).

The sample size - just 2 runners - is obviously too small to draw any conclusions...but it was pretty clear that the runner with more even training over the pre-WOC period had a much better WOC than the runner who put in the highest "quality" in the week immediately before the WOC. Again, not enough sample to draw a conclusion, but an interesting hint at a possible conclusion.

I should take a look at some more WOC runners' logs and see what I find.

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posted by Michael | 6:24 PM


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