Hi, I'm Tori Campbell. I coach the US military orienteers, but I after saw your application for the Developmental Team, I thought I'd follow your log. It's always good to see talented runners pick up orienteering.
Looks like you had some good races at Big Weekend - what worked for you?
And since I see we've posted the Foot-O team, congrats on your selection!
Hi Tori! I struggled a bit on the urban race due to making a few silly navigational errors, but in general just tried to minimize the amount of climb where I could--do to there being so much of it. I really enjoyed navigation on Arthur's Seat, as the vegetation mapping was really well done and there were some great running legs where I could stretch out a bit. Thanks, I am really excited to see how I can improve!
That sounds like so much fun! I did some urban races (3-hour score-o format) in Seattle some years back. I remember failing to account for the climb and coming in a few minutes overtime, losing lots of points. Good for you for looking at the contours in an area that probably had lots of other information to consider. Have you had a chance to try an urban sprint yet?
Oh, that's a shame--I seem underestimate climb quite a lot in races, so thought it would be good to consider. I haven't tried an urban sprint yet, but might do in the future--I am more of a mud and forest girl to be perfectly honest though!
Yeah, me too - not fast enough to be a sprinter, and happier in the woods. Sounds like you found the right sport! Sprints are an interesting challenge of a different sort, though. The military champs this fall will have an urban sprint for the first time, so I'm having to focus on them more.
Your glacier trip sounds wonderful - what are you studying?
Physical geography (like geology in the U.S.) and archaeology! The trip was really awesome, it is always cool to take a trip to the Lake District, but even cooler to understand the processes that shaped it!
Ooooh, that sounds really fun. Good for you! We're planning a gap year with our kids with a goal of overnights in the backcountry of every national park...I think our "unschooling" may involve a fair amount of geology, geography, and history. Nothing like experiencing what you study. And if we're lucky, my dad may join us for the Alaska portion - he spent several summers up working on the glaciers. Apparently his base camp is now in a museum, so I guess he'll qualify for a historical primary source as well as a qualified scientist guide!
That sounds absolutely AMAZING. The National Parks are so awesome, I worked in Western Arctic National Parklands (based out of Kotzebue, AK) last summer and the parks there were incredible for backcountry camping! The parks also have tons of educational material for school to learn all about the history and geology of the parks. That sounds like an education that will far surpass anything learnable in school and so cool about your dad having worked with glaciers up there! I camped near the base of a glacier on a hiking trip outside of Anchorage and it was absolutely breathtaking!
That is so cool! I may have to pick your brain later when we start figuring out the AK itinerary. Probably summer 2019, after we've got a lot of experience under our belts.