Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, August 15, 2002

To Idaho!


I'm going to Idaho for the A-meet this weekend.

That means the next planned update of this page will be Monday.

It also means I need to say a few words about my plan for the event.

My strategy for the meet is simple -- read the map and be ready for anything.

I'm not sure what to expect from the organizers, terrain and map. I'll try to make sure I'm not expecting much, that I'm ready for problems like a poor map or start times delayed while waiting for vetters to check the last few controls. The event is at a moderate altitude (5000-ish feet, I think). I'm not sure how I'll react to the altitude -- I'm hoping it won't be much of a problem.

My goals are:

Stay healthy. I'm still not fully recovered from my knee/leg injury and I don't want to push it. Mostly that'll mean taking it a bit easy on downhills.

Less than 4 minutes of booms each day. Less than 4 minutes of booms isn't a very demanding goal. I'll be disppointed if I boom more than that.

Oreinteer systematically. I haven't done much racing or technique training in a long time. I need a bit of work to get back to the reading the map well.

Learn for next year. Next year's US Relay Champs are in Idaho. Some expereince in the area might be useful. I hope to learn something useful to pass on to the Orienteer Kansas teams.

posted by Michael | 1:14 PM


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