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Discussion: Good to see you can still read a map!

in: Keith Andersen; Keith Andersen > 2016-01-17

Jan 22, 2016 1:35 PM # 
What came back easily, and what do you need to work on?
Jan 23, 2016 12:59 PM # 
Keith Andersen:
Ma'am- While I certainly loved the event, I think we can agree that Georgia's terrain isn't extremely technical or navigationally challenging. I was able to marry up large features easily so most of the navigational errors I made were due to confusion with small parallel features, ie picking wrong re-entrant on the larger feature which was a spur.

It was hard for me to force myself to pay attention to the map more often; I struggled physically and it was a battle between pushing myself to continue to run and also check the map. I found myself thinking "I just need to run until I hit X feature and then I will slow down and navigate". While I was lucky to find that feature each time (see map difficulty comment above) I know that I would be better served keeping contact with my route through the duration of the leg. But I was tired and found it hard to concentrate and run through the woods. A more technical map would have been brutal to me.
Jan 23, 2016 1:07 PM # 
So...that's a technique, right? If the terrain allows you to push through to a large feature and relocate, roll with it. And if you know that isn't going to work, slow down and adjust accordingly. That's great analysis, and something good to think about before a race.

Two thoughts: how can we get you on something more complex or with more dense point features, and how can we get you on an urban sprint map?
Jan 25, 2016 12:57 PM # 
Keith Andersen:
Ma'am it's certainly not a lack of wanting to return to a technical map or urban sprint; I still have a love for Orienteering. It's the cruel reality that there are only 24 hours in a day and I keep my schedule full with work and spending time with my wife (and in April... a child!). When I do have long weekends we usually plan to travel, but not for Orienteering purposes. Despite my efforts, I don't think Orienteering will ever hold my wife's interest like it does mine.
I got somewhat lucky that we both wanted to go to Atlanta and the GA NAV cup was within a reasonable distance.

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