Nice training concept.
We started to discuss this before but there wasn't time. I disagree that there is little room for improvisation. Improvisation is all about thinking 'correctly' under pressure. That's why professional improvisers prepare and practice their process a lot. They don't know what is coming but they have practiced the process a lot so they are ready to make the kind of choices which help them tell a story that they make up in the moment.
Preparation and practice at improvising makes you better at improvising.
Same idea whether you are running a course you haven't seen before or telling a story you haven't heard before.
Probably misused the word "improvisation" in my text. In fact, there is a lot of improvisation during a WOC race (e.g. 2nd last control of WOC middle this year...) but there is a also a lot of déjà-vu even do you are in an unknown environment.
Well, maybe the concept, in fact, is to become the most adaptable? As stated the big Charles, "it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change".
Big Charles made some good points. I've always thought that the training trains your instincts so you make the right decisions but you're sometimes not even sure why. You react to information you've processed without being consciously aware of it... maybe this is just obvious.
Re: 2nd last control... let it go dude. (If I was allowed to use wink here I would have done..)
Of course not, I will not let it go, as it is my main motivation to train!
Create another opportunity, wait for another control at the end of an hedge, and let my instinct take the right decision...