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Discussion: only map that's made you cry

in: Bash; Bash > 2017-03-04

Mar 7, 2017 8:38 AM # 
I wish my n=1 for me in that category... You must be more resilient to the insults hurled at you by orienteering maps.
Mar 8, 2017 3:02 AM # 
"Resilience to insults" describes it pretty well! When I started orienteering, I approached it like an engineer. I thought it was an exact science so I should be good at it. When I sucked soooo badly on this map, I felt stupid, which was depressing.

Hammer graciously took me out for a terrific coaching session on the map. Amongst other things, he explained there is subjectivity in mapping, which somehow hadn't occurred to me and addressed some of my concerns. Then I got to know more orienteers and learned that even elites have to be super attentive in certain terrain - and they sometimes screw up, just like me.

Along the way, maps lost their power to make me feel stupid but they did NOT lose their power to kick me in the butt. Now it just makes me want to come back and beat them the next time. It helps that I'm not that competitive in the sport so I can just roll my eyes if I have a bad day. If I were at the level of the orienteers who compete at team trials (nudge, nudge), I'm sure my relationship with challenging maps might be more complicated. :)
Mar 8, 2017 8:06 PM # 
Rocky Ridge is very very tough! It looks tough on paper but is even harder in reality because of the plethora of deadfall and rock. The terrain is bland and it knocks you around and spits you back out again - sometimes in a twilight zone.

just look at the errors on the men's elite middle distance from NAOC 2006 and this tells the full story.
Mar 8, 2017 10:57 PM # 
That's a lot of pink! Thanks again, Hammer - 11 years later. :)

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