Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Words of wisdom from Oystein


Oystein Kristiansen is one of the world's best orienteers (bronze medal from the middle distance in Switzerland) on the world's best O' club (Halden SK), so when I found an article he'd written about O' technique I was interested in reading it. As I read, I realized he was writing about some of the same stuff Randy wrote about at Mapsurfer and I posted on November 3.

I'll probably get around to translating the whole article in the next few days, but until then I've translated one paragraph:

It is impossible to concentrate 100 percent on orienteering. Even in a 10 minute sprint race your mind will wander a few times. But you can train to be able to discover a slip in concentration soon and get your focus back. You have to train the "trigger" in your brain -- you want to hear the alarms early -- and the more you train it, the sooner you'll be able to discover when you've lost your concentration and you can avoid mistakes.

posted by Michael | 7:18 PM


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