Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some notes about the QR analysis


A comment in response to my look at some QuickRoute tracks includes:

...This example seems to suggest that the risk taker may lose something in the short term, but in the long term the risk taker is the winner. Is there a way to work this out better?

It spurs a few thoughts:

1. Millinger might have taken some risks later in the course, where he probably lost the race against Troeng. Check out his track around controls 12 and 14:

2. As a strategy, I think risk taking can be, well, risky. I think the "full speed, no mistakes" way of thinking is probably more likely to work more often.

3. The sort of information you can get from GPS tracks gives us a tool to start to work out a lot of things we've never really been able to study before. By looking at different speeds at different parts of a leg - not just split times - we can figure out a lot about how someone is orienteering. With a bit of work, we should be able to discern different styles of orienteering.

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posted by Michael | 7:54 PM


Based on your point #1; if you're a risk taker you need to know when and how to take the risk. This is a skill, like reading a map or picking a route.
Millinger doesn't know so he lost and Troeng knows how and when to take a risk.
Well, I don't think you can reach any general conclusions based on looking at 2 runners on 1 training course.

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