Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, August 22, 2010

How to find 2000 controls in a year


Ali and Boris have both set goals of finding 2000 controls over the next year. I'm a big fan of control counting and it'll be fun to see how they do. 2000 controls is a lot. If I were trying to find 2000 controls in a year, I think I'd:

Go to a few training camps. Training camps are great ways to get a bunch of controls in a short period of time.

Run more than one course at local events.

Try to avoid junk controls. A junk control is one you find but you find without really focusing. Junk controls are great for the count, but the purpose isn't just to find 2000 controls, it is to use the goal as a way to improve your O' technique and running in the terrain.

Do one 31-day challenge.

Use a headlamp. Being able to run night orienteering makes it a lot easier to get in technique work in the winter.

Live on or near a map. Ideally, you'd live right next to a huge, well mapped, forest. For most of us, it is more likely to mean you've got a sprint map nearby.

Have fun.

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posted by Michael | 3:45 PM


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