Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

QuickRoute from Texas


Here is my QuickRoute track from the second day of the Texas A-meet:

Yellow indicates the faster speed, with orange/red a medium speed, and the dark colors a slow speed.

The track shows which controls I was able to take at a decent pace (i.e. running relatively fast right up to the control). Check out controls 1, 2, 5, 8, and 11 for examples. All of these controls were easy.

The track shows which controls I took at a slow pace. Check out controls 4, 6, and 9 for examples. I lost a little time when I got off line to 4 and 6. I think most of the slowing at 9 was due to thick vegetation.

Look at the long leg, 4-5. In the middle of the leg, there is a stretch where I moved quite slowly. I was following an indistinct trail through a green area (a trail with a few places that were difficult to get through because of Greenbriar). Later in the course (leg 12-13) I ran under a power line that goes roughly parallel to the indistinct trail. Under the power line, I could keep a good (yellow) pace. The yellow is around 4:30/km and the dark shades (mostly blue) are more like 8:00/km. I probably would have saved some time on 4-5 if I'd run under the power line and then cut back on the trail.

It is interesting to see how long it took me to get back up to speed after running up a hill. Leaving 4, I climbed a few lines, then didn't get back up to speed until a good 100 meters of flat terrain. The same thing happened on leg 10-11. Once I topped the hill, it took me a good 100 meters of flat (and a bit green) terrain before I hit the road and was able to pick up the speed. It'd be interesting to see if I was able to get back up to speed quicker as my form improves (I'm in pretty lousy shape these days).

The track between 7-8 doesn't fit with the route I actually ran. I don't know if that was because the GPS didn't get good reception or because I screwed up the track when I was aligning it with the map in QuickRoute.

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posted by Michael | 7:27 PM


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