Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, October 08, 2007

Cranky old guy


I try, I really do, to avoid say, "things were better before." I don't want to be a cranky old guy.

I remember the first time I ever saw a map from a World Champs. It was in 1981 and the map showed the routes of Oyvin Thon and Annichen Kringstad at Thun, Switzerland. I still remember studying the legs and wondering how the terrain would look and how anyone could make their way around the course so fast. It was hard to imagine. I was impressed with any orienteer who could race their way around that course.

Today, I was looking at this weekend's sprint World Cup race today...

I don't want to be a cranky old guy but I just don't get a special feeling looking at that map.

Don't get me wrong. I'm impressed - amazed even - at the best orienteers in the world. But, I'm not impressed that someone could race their way around this weekend's course.

Don't be a cranky old guy....don't be a cranky old guy....don't be a cranky old guy...

Iceland snapshot of the day

Black sand beach and cliffs at a place called Dyrholaey:

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posted by Michael | 8:09 PM


Don't be a cranky old guy. Be a Candy Bean!
These city sprints are a lot tougher than they look. When you are blasting down those city streets, things come up so fast it is really hard to stay ahead of where you are and decide which way you are going to go before you get there.

They are certainly a lot tougher than the boring campus sprints we have here in NA where you spend a good portion of the time just running to a point in the distant without having to think about much at all.
Dear COG,

Why aren't you impressed with this course? This curious mind wants to know...
Your photos of Iceland make me want to go there next summer.
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