Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hammer Time


Here are Hammer's time in the ring for each control from the middle distance race at West Point:

1. 27
2. 34
3. 37
4. 40
5. 37
6. 30
7. 28
8. 32
9. 28
10. 18
11. 21
12. 15
13. 26
14. 12
15. 12

Overall, it looks like Hammer's time in the circle is consistent, with a lot of the variation depending on the runnability. The most time he spent in a circle was 40 seconds. It looks like he was moving through the circles a bit quicker after the 6th control. Most of that probably reflects better footing. Maybe, just maybe, some of that reflects moving with a bit better "flyt."

From the map, control 5 looks like a potentially tricky control. The control is on a dot knoll and there's plenty of green in the circle. You'd take a control like that a bit carefully, slowing down and really looking around as you come into the circle. I'm guessing Hammer did that. But, he didn't really take much extra time, just a few extra seconds. He certainly didn't stand still or walk in to the control location. Hammer has been orienteering a long time and has good technique. A lot of orienteers might not have the confidence to move through a tricky control like this without slowing down a bit more.

Another possibility is that Hammer stood still for a few seconds as he got near the 5th control, made sense of the structure of the circle (making sense of the bare rock and hills just east and south of the control circle). By seeing the big picture, he would have been more confident going into the 5th control. The QR track shows what looks he might have stood still for a few seconds right at the top of the cliffs.

By the way, Thanks goes to the USMAOC for putting QR tracks on the web for O' geeks like me to play with.

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posted by Michael | 1:31 PM


Interesting analysis. #5 I was tired climbing the hill but of all the checkpoints the map made the least sense. I slowed down but never stopped. But from #7 to the finish I certainly got a flow going (first time running in this type of terrain for many years) in which I would see the feature and know it was the right one well before I saw the flag (except #13).

I really enjoyed the course but did not like my route to #1.

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