# Discussion: Smooth Run

Jan 14, 2016 12:46 PM
The larger portion of each leg was really good. I think the main part that would help you, would be if you were to picture what the control area looks like. That way you would stop all of the little mistakes that happen just as your coming in to the control :)
Jan 14, 2016 3:29 PM
Hm I'll have to keep that one in mind next week when I go out again. Thanks ;)
Jan 15, 2016 7:37 PM
I watched a great movie about chess in poor neighborhoods that highlighted Jan Eriks point very well for me. The teacher talked a lot about visualizing your end game. In this case Let your moves/routes come from the end game, the control location. It struck home that if you can't see the end of where you are going its going to be very hard to get there: )

Also remember compass work is like spacial geometry. While the compass gives you a direction you have to see the line in the terrain, you have to see the lines relationship to all the features it passes through. For example on 13-14 the line goes over the spur at a certain angle to the grade, on the other side if you drew a straight line from the control down to the bottom of the re-entrant that line would hit about half way between where the the route line starts going up and the end of the bottom of the re-entrant. This relationship can guide you to the control. On short legs its much more of a precise line with very few features to find relationships with you have to create them out of features that are not on the map. For example 3 distinct trees or something obvious along the line of sight of the direction your compass is pointing. So work on connecting the compass bearing with whats around you.
Jan 16, 2016 11:53 AM
GuyO:
Jan Erik's point...?
Jan 18, 2016 1:18 AM
Just win!