Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hoping for more elite orienteers on Twitter


Twitter has some possibilities for those of us sitting at home following orienteering races like the European Orienteering Champs. There aren't many elite orienteers using Twitter yet (as best I can tell). I hope the number will grow.

I was glad to see Eva Jurenikova "tweeting" from the European Champs. I thought this was a great summary of her race in the sprint final - lots of info, not a lot of words:

2 big mistakes in the bungallows area where we ara staying. No tactics there, only hoping I would see the control... 19th place.

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posted by Michael | 8:52 PM


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Some peer nations' relay history


I looked at the WorldofO.com WOC historic results for the peer nations to see how the nations had done in relays when the WOCs were in Norway (1978 and 1997). I also looked at 2004 - the most recent time the WOC took place in Scandinavian terrain.

I'm not going to bother typing the table into this post, but I thought I'd write my observations based on looking at the results:

The results are fairly stable. You don't see many results that look exceptional (maybe New Zealand's 13th and 9th places in the relays in 1997 are the exception).

All of the peer nations except Portugal participated in 1978. That's largely a reflection of how I define peer nations, but it still wasn't something I'd have known off hand. Did Belgium have a team in 1978? Yes. Did Japan? Yes....

Just as a reminder, the peer nations are Canada, USA, New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, Ireland, and Portugal. That order is roughly based on the combined results of the WOC relay results for 1978, 1997, and 2004 all lumped together.

Out of curiosity, I also looked at France and treated France as a member of the group. France fits in well in 1978 and 1997 (France is at the top of the group by 1997, but not really different from New Zealand). By 2004, France has results that no longer "belong" with the peer nation group.

Portugal fits in the list, but has some big differences from the other nations. In particular, Portugal has a much shorter history.

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posted by Michael | 8:38 AM


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Nice (old) Norwegian map


Peter posted this map a few days ago. It is from the 1978 WOC relay. The area is near Kongsberg. Nice terrain. You can compare to a newer map that overlaps some of the same terrain.

Peter also linked the mens' relay results. Here are the places for the "peer nations":

Canada 8th
USA 13th
Japan 14th
Belgium 16th
Ireland 17th
New Zealand 19th

Portugal - one of the peer nations - didn't have a team. France (not a peer nation, though it fit based on my initial criteria - was 12th.

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posted by Michael | 7:53 PM


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Video reporting for orienteering...audio next?


Ben Rattray's ideas about video reporting for orienteering are worth a look.

I'd like to see something similar for audio reporting for orienteering - something that would describe 5 or 6 main concepts to keep in mind for making short audio reports. I guess I ought to sit down and write something like that.

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posted by Michael | 8:20 PM


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Outcome v process


"It's easy to think about how the world could be better than it is. What is amazing to me, that being the case, is how much time and energy are devoted to inarticulate battles about the process of change, and how little time is spent thinking about how the world could be better than it is."

That's Bill James.

I'm a big believer in the idea that individuals should focus on process rather than outcome. But, groups of people often get so bogged down in process - especially when they are contemplating changes that have yet to happen - when the groups would be better off worrying about defining outcomes.

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posted by Michael | 8:44 PM


Sunday, May 09, 2010

Some interesting looking O' terrain


I came across some interesting looking terrain yesterday.

The image from Google Earth gives an idea of the vegetation.

Mary and I keep track of how many of the 50 states we've visited (the rule is that you have to spend the night in the state to get credit for a visit). Mary is down to just four states: Hawaii, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota. I'm down to three to go,m with the same as Mary except I've spent time in South Dakota. The map I posted above is from North Dakota. Might be worth checking out next time we're in North Dakota.

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posted by Michael | 1:29 PM


Saturday, May 08, 2010

Maps from West Point races


I finally got around to scanning my maps and uploading my GPS tracks from last weekend's races at West Point. Here are the map:


You can count of West Point meets to be well organized, high quality events. The terrain is fantastic. The maps are good - something you couldn't always say about West Point maps. The races can be tough because the terrain is so demanding.

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posted by Michael | 9:09 AM


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