Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Some thoughts from Rostrup on confidence


Jorgen Rostrup wrote a bit about confidence on his web page. Here is a translation of a bit of it:

Orienteering, especially at a championship, is about confidence. For me, self confidence is built up by having many good training sessions in representative terrain. A 100 percent perfect O' race is something you'll never achieve. The idea of training is to reduce the mistakes that are likely to occur to a minimum (e.g. under ten seconds). By experiencing the feeling of doing "the right thing" in every imaginable situation (short or long legs, different weather conditions, alone or together with others) you gradually develop a sense of security. That feeling of security is what makes is possible to believe that you can manage whatever you meet. The feeling of security and self confidence is what you've worked up to by training in the area you want to perform in.

* The translation is a bit rough. Normally, I'd double check it. Normally, I'd also add a few of my own comments. But dinner is ready so I'll just hit the "post" button.

posted by Michael | 7:20 PM


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