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Discussion: it takes skill and dedication

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2016-11-25

Nov 26, 2016 10:32 AM # 
to be at either end of a scale
Nov 26, 2016 3:08 PM # 
@neil So what´s your dedication - avoiding US events?
Nov 26, 2016 8:20 PM # 
Good job there Ian. What do you find hilarious?
Nov 27, 2016 2:52 AM # 
Nov 27, 2016 4:04 AM # 
Nov 30, 2016 9:12 PM # 
And that's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. Our best are about 25% back of the world's best.
Nov 30, 2016 9:41 PM # 
I'd argue we're further back because (1) it's not clear TGIF was racing as hard as he might at WOC and (2) TGIF pulled some of his competitors to faster times, especially at the NAOC races.
Dec 2, 2016 9:39 PM # 
To me, the difference in navigation speeds is startling. Ron Lowry of Canada once remarked that there's no easy terrain, only too slow running for the terrain. Having detailed terrain come at you 30% faster is a marked challenge. I wonder what kinds of training the team and team members do to increase the maximum speed at which they can navigate? I recall one training that Thomas Nipen described to me on the University of British Columbia map...a pair orienteers together, one orienteer navigating to the next control and the other reading ahead. They switch roles each control. The idea is to create conditions in which one can navigate faster than one's usual comfort zone, and thus become more familiar with navigating at a faster pace. With other metrics, like VO2 max or AT, there are specific techniques for improving the metric. It would be interesting to hear people share techniques for decreasing min/km.
Dec 6, 2016 11:07 AM # 
I can provide personalised training or groups seminars in how best to achieve a score of 0.

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