Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Specialization in Switzerland


I spent some time today catching up on a couple of Norwegian O' web pages. The Norwegian team has been at a training camp in Switzerland. I read a few of the reports.

The Norwegian team has split their team into two groups at this camp -- short/middle/sprint and classic/long. That is an interesting idea. Given the enormous differences in terrain that will be used at the WOC, this sort of specialization might be a good approach.

Jorgen Rostrup wrote:

The national team camp was a good finish [to a training trip to Switzerland]....I was able to do what I wanted. The Swede [Anders Gaderud, the Norwegian coach who is from Sweden] has given us a lot of flexibility and we're able to train very specifically for the distance we want to aim for at the WOC. That suits me.

Bjornar Valstad wrote:

The runners were split into two different groups: one sprint/short and the other classic. Each group trained in the terrain that was relevant for the specific distance. That makes it easier for individuals to specialize as they prepare for the races they feel they have the best chances in at the WOC. It is easier to get the best quality for the goals you have in each session....The WOC areas have different character.

Tore Sandvik wrote:

The sprint group spent a few easy days as tourists in Rapperswil, where the sprint will take place in August. You're permitted to get familiar with the sprint terrain. But only as a tourist, you can't run with a map. That alone gives you reason to boycott the sprint race. But, at the same time the IOF has decided that only 1-2 runners from each nation get to start, so it might make for a "easy" good result.

* Note: As usual these translations are a bit rough (my Swedish is decent, but my Norwegian is rough).

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