Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Notes for navigating


Damon Douglas set up an interesting training exercise at a training camp in New York. He designed a red course (F21) and let us study the map as long as we'd want and take notes describing how we'd run the course. We went over our notes with Damon before running the course without looking at either the map or notes.

I spent a few minutes sketching out rough maps of each leg. Then I ran the course without much trouble. It helped, of course, that the control flags weren't hidden and the forest was open, with great visibility (for those of you familiar with Hudson Valley terrain, we started from the parking area at the Turkey Mountain map).

I was surprised that another runner wrote text to describe each leg (something that would never have occurred to me to do). The text even included compass bearings.

This particular training exercise was typical of Damon. It was a bit unusual, but very interesting. It was also, I suspect, an experiment Damon was doing. He was always trying out new ideas and trying to learn.

I was thinking back on this training when I was watched today's Tour De France time trial today. The course looked tricky (especially in the rain). I wondered what sort of notes cyclists use for a course like that. It'd certainly make sense for them to have detailed information about each corner that the coach in the car following the riders could pass on.

I imagine cyclists would use something like the notes rally racers use. Maybe that sort of detail isn't really necessary? Maybe it is enough to just provide info like, "be careful of the turn, the pavement is slippery"?

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posted by Michael | 7:44 PM



I was surprised that another runner wrote text to describe each leg (something that would never have occurred to me to do). The text even included compass bearings.

Did this person have military experience? That's what they taught us to do at survival training - write out the bearing and pace and a list of what we'd pass along the way... and then put away our maps!
Another day at the TDF there was a crash shortly before the finish and one of the American riders mentioned that he thought that the particular chicane was not described in the road book. So I guess the organizers take notes on behalf of the riders.
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