Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, January 21, 2013

MTBO Project update


The theme for last week in the 2013 MTBO Project was "steal without apology ."  My stealing was to read the new ski O handbook and lift a training idea.    I'm not sure I'd really call that stealing, but it was close enough to meet the theme for the week.

I set up a "batong" (see page 58 of the ski O' handbook).  Basically, a batong training combines riding around in a figure 8 with studying a map.  Each time you come to an intersection, you turn left/right or go straight while imagining that you're following a route on a map that you're looking at.

I set up my course in a parking lot near my house and found a MTBO sprint map from a race in the Czech Republic.  I rode around the course making turns "simulating" the turns I'd make doing the course. I rode at night, so I had a lamp to read the map and a lamp on my bike.  It felt like a useful exercise, particularly given that I don't have access to a lot of MTBO terrain nearby.  Given that I was just rolling around a parking lot, it felt surprisingly interesting.  Certainly if you have to kill some time biking around a small area, a batong training is a great way to make it interesting.

To make it better, I need to find a better place to set up the route.  Rougher ground would make the training more interesting.

This week's theme is " buy a notebook."  But it isn't really about buying something. It is about keeping lots of notes about ideas.  Coyle wrote:

What matters is that you write stuff down and reflect on it.  Results from today.  Ideas for tomorrow.  Goals for next week.  A notebook works like a map: It creates clarity.

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posted by Michael | 4:58 PM


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