Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Friday, June 12, 2009
Practicing not skipping controlsOne of my sprint orienteering tips is to "practice not skipping controls (which is remarkably common in sprint races)."
A respondent brought up a good question, "how exactly does one practice not doing something?"
A flippant answer is "the same way you practice not making parallel errors." That's flippant, but actually true.
So, how would I practice not skipping controls?
I'd spend a lot of time looking at sprint courses and thinking about which controls would be easiest to skip. I haven't studied it systematically, but it seems like controls that tend to get skipped are:
1. When a straight line connects three controls;
2. When there are several short legs with sharp angles; and
3. Within a couple of legs of the end of the course.
I'd also run sprint training courses and work on my routine for taking a control and heading to the next control. Ideally, do the training with some added stress (like mass starts with three or four runners going head to head for a few legs with some forked controls).
Back to okansas.blogspot.com. posted by Michael | 8:30 PM
I've got to think that reading your descriptions ahead has got to help your odds. If you know your next control is a tree, for instance, and you don't see one in the control circle you are running to, then something must be wrong.
Not 100% effective, but it helps.
How about training with a map that doesn't have lines between the controlcircles? That should make you read the controlnumbers more carefully...Post a Comment