This should be some kind of widely publicized team policy. My experience is that Americans do not like to let sickness get in the way and that is no good, especially in a communal living environment.
Sometimes an event like that can show you that running slower but navigating accurately can give a surprisingly fast result. I remember control sitting for WOC 93, noticing all the second tier orienteers running madly, and a top orienteer sauntering into the control reading the map (but punching one handed, with old pin punch, so quickly that I could barely tell that he had). He of course had the far better result.
Running slower is definitely a benefit in certain terrains, and particularly very technically difficult parts of those terrains.
But, when it's caused by an illness, it's ultimately detrimental. My mind and body were in pretty bad shape during the race and that is not how I should be at a world championship.
Cristina, when we left Tartu on Sunday, Giac, Morten, and I all felt very strongly about protecting the team from future infections. I'm not sure if we should write out a policy, or simply have it present whenever we compete as a group that anyone who has fallen ill needs to be separated from the group.
And also, if someone is sick before a camp or race they should just stay home, if possible. This is totally normal behavior in Norway and almost unheard of in the US.
US orienteers are really backwards when it comes to so many common-sense training things. Probably because very few ever participated in an organized sport before coming to orienteering. Sigh.
Really sorry you got sick, and that the entire team succumbed. That sucks. My 2015 WOC was ruined by illness, too.
But so many good take-aways from this last week. I am so impressed with the level of commitment you continue to show. Woo!
Same goes for the workplace...
Well done again!
US orienteers are really backwards when it comes to so many common-sense training things.
...and racing when injured or sick. I can understand it to a certain point since you don´t travel half way around the World to sit on the side-lines.
I don´t particularly blame the orienteers here, while in many other sports it´s also apparently considered hard-core to play when injured and coaches expect you to quit whining...
Yeah, if I could have handed it off to someone else, I would have. I was in no shape to race, but I preferred to race sick then to forfeit a US relay team.
And it didn't go terribly. We finished 24th at least. So hopefully we can improve on that sans sickness.