I guess it may not be important whether you call it aggressive or decisive. It is a positive and confident way to orienteer, and maybe it is linked to having a level of fitness and focus so that you don't need to devote 100% of your energy to the orienteering and so you can use some of that energy instead on maintaining the location of the other guys during the intervals and having full control of the map.
Keep it up!
Thanks man! Still mulling this one over. Perhaps I'll be able to discuss more at TT.
Interesting. I think you need to use whichever term better sets you up mentally for success. To me, the word aggressive implies running hard and risking going over the edge while 'decisive' implies making decisions quickly and sticking to them. A subtle but perhaps important difference. Which is more likely to put you in the right frame of mind to orienteer at your best?
A different example:
When talking to younger orienteers they often tell me that part of their plan for the race is to 'slow down' in trickier areas. I tell them instead they should think of reading the map more carefully, more often, or simply focussing harder on the navigation. Arguably it's the same effect - you slow down so you can spend more time reading the map but psychologically it can be a huge difference. One has a positive connotation and the other a negative. One has you directly focused on what you need to focus on (the map reading while the speed follows from that) and the other has you focus on your legs and you have to hope that your mind will then do the map reading more frequently at the same time.
@Canadian - what a great perspective. I'm going to try that out in my daughter! And perhaps on myself,too.
@cmpblly - thanks! One of our former national team members, Brian Graham, once told me that with good training under your belt, in a race situation the legs and speed will take care of themselves. Any time thinking about how fast you are going is time not spent thinking about map reading, terrain reading, and navigation.