Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

A technique training experiment


Yesterday I ran a long control picking course -- 62 controls -- at Knob Noster. I've done a lot of control picking (i.e. O' courses with short legs, typically 100-200 meters or so, and a number of direction changes). But, I'd never run such a long control picking course.

In general, I don't do long technique sessions. I usually err on the side of doing short, but intense, technique work. If I need to get in a long run (say 90+ minutes) and want to do technique, I've done things like -- warm up for 20-30 minutes, do a short course of 20 minutes, jog for 10 minutes, do another short course of 20 minutes, then jog a bit.

Eric W. (and maybe someone else) have talked about doing long line O' courses to practice O' technique for long periods of time. That idea inspired my training yesterday. Except I prefer control picking to line O' because I feel like line O' "feels" different from how you orienteer in a race.

How was the 62 control course?

I enjoyed it.

I expected to have trouble holding my concentration for two hours. I had a bit of trouble, but I was able to notice my mind wandering and get my concentration back quickly. I made a couple of booms and hesitated at a couple of the control locations (I didn't have flags set out, so in a couple of places I spent a minute or so double checking my location).

I got quite tired by the end. Running for over two hours in the terrain wears me out. Knob Noster has enough hills that I got a tired from the climb, too. I carried some Hammer Gel and took a couple clunks every 30 minutes or so.

I'll probably try similar courses this winter and next spring.

posted by Michael | 5:24 PM


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