Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Looking at some training hours for elite orienteers


The Norwegian O' Federation web page listed some training data for a bunch of elite orienteers and elite junior orienteers.  Most, but not all, are Norwegians.  I spent a few minutes looking at the numbers for total physical training and orienteering technique training.

Here's a simple graphic showing the relationship between total hours of physical training and total hours of orienteering technique.

One of the juniors was sick for almost half of the year and had 103 hours of physical training.  The people with the most physical training hours are ski orienteers (and I left out one of the ski orienteers who didn't have much data due to a PC crash).

Two people are extreme outliers in terms of hours of orienteering technique training - Fredric Tranchand and Johan Runneson.

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posted by Michael | 10:31 AM


Any thoughts on where North Americans would be placed on this?
Nevin, The obvious is that most would be left of 500 hours of physical training. I think that the O' technique for some would be along the line. I look at the training logs for the Americans in Uppsala and they would all have high O' technique hours - might even look like outliers. Emily Kemp would look pretty good in terms of portion of O' technique and total hours. Ali Crocker would be right about on the regression line.

I think it is easier to have a lot of technique hours when you're living in Europe. That said, I don't think it takes super human discipline to get 100+ hours of technique living in the U.S.

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