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Discussion: I think the main reason I w...

in: stever; stever > 2020-04-20

Apr 21, 2020 3:17 PM # 
I think the main reason I was able to lower the record was the way I handled the timing. I turned the watch on when I started and turned it off when I finished, and just read off my elapsed time.

No pushing buttons, no worrying if you've pushed the right button the right number of times, no having to do fancy calculations, no trying to interpret from your GPS track where you were and when you were there.

It frees you up to just run. Or walk if it's uphill....

Highly recommended. :-)
Apr 21, 2020 3:52 PM # 
Good advice, but sadly my watch handling was the same. So no opportunity for me there.
Apr 22, 2020 12:43 AM # 
You guys are going to have to do better if you want to motivate me to run that loop again. Keep trying :-)
Apr 22, 2020 3:38 PM # 
As long as you are happy with 3rd place, works for me ... slow poke.
Apr 22, 2020 3:42 PM # 
Steve, maybe best to go easy on Phil after his outing on Sunday. You know it's bad when no splits and no map posted.
Apr 23, 2020 2:24 AM # 
Ha, no course either. I wasn't into the orienteering with a crappy map in crappy terrain; one big mistake and I blew it off.

I was trying to go easy on you guys who can't even muster an 11:30 pace on real nice trails. At least Peter has a good excuse, being old and no longer able to run up a hill. But what's Steve's excuse?
Apr 23, 2020 2:39 AM # 
I never could run up a hill. And now I can't run down a hill either.
Apr 23, 2020 4:48 AM # 
PBricker> ... crappy map in crappy terrain ...

Just got back from Hale/Powisset, had a very nice run on green, don't see what the problem is. ;-)

As usual, I didn't look at the course ahead of time. But I will concede I had read some AP logs (cmpbllv and PBricker for sure, might have been another one or two) and that was helpful. Mainly in setting expectations; expectations drive attitude, so thanks for helping me set my expectations appropriately and deriving the appropriate attitude therefrom.

One bit of help was re the control hidden in the pit (Tori had quite the 2-day adventure with that); I didn't know anything *specific* about it until I got to it (as I said, didn't look at the course ahead), but my expectations had been set. So no problem.

The other bit of helpful setting of expectation was re thorns. I was expecting it to be horrible, and it wasn't horrible, merely a bit annoying at times, so I ended up quite enjoying things. It certainly helped that, expecting it to be thorny, I wore double pants (looser O pants over tights) and Joe Huberman thorn gaiters. And that I ran around all medium and dark green (and most light green), not trying to punch through even narrow strips of it. Thank you, Phil and Tori, for your guidance.
Apr 25, 2020 11:22 AM # 
Chuckle. That is one of the different dimensions of having training courses up long-term!

Actually, I've used a similar approach by mining AP log entries / old RG posts when an NRE is on a map that's seen a lot of use. I remember one event in Morgan Territory for which it was helpful to realize some of the most experienced orienteers in BAOC had made errors in one technical I was very deliberate in slowing down when it was my turn, and that was quite helpful.

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