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Discussion: Thoughts vs physical elements

in: Jan Erik Naess; Jan Erik Naess > 2021-02-21

Feb 21, 2021 9:11 PM # 
I believe what you're saying about thoughts being a more prevalent distraction than physical elements is probably true for most orienteers.

Orienteering requires so much thinking and yet there is so much room for thinking that it is easy to thinking about the wrong things.

I'm reaching a little bit out of my depth here but I think it takes so much discipline to keep your thoughts on task and in moment through an entire race that letting your mind wander into distracting thoughts is almost inevitable. The trick then becomes how to contain the distraction and get back on task.
Feb 22, 2021 2:56 PM # 
Jan Erik Naess:
Yeah, reflecting back upon my year of training in Norway I focused on only one thing. I'd count out loud 1,2,3,4,5 for 5 seconds of map reading and then repeat for 5 seconds of actively looking in the terrain. Eventually, I'd just get into the flow of things and forget about the counting but everything I noticed my mind drifting I'd use that method to bring myself back in. It helped develop a really great foundation to orienteer on.

I'm looking forward to becoming more skilled in identifying desired physical or mental changes. (just trying to be aware of each time you stand up or sit down in the day is extremely hard)
Feb 22, 2021 6:25 PM # 
Nice Jan. Good see you working on his stuff and I like the approach of counting to 5 you're talking about using. Some people talk of using a key word like 'focus' but I never found that worked for me. It's too indirect.

Are you using an app or something for these trainings?
Feb 22, 2021 8:57 PM # 
Jan Erik Naess:
I use Headspace, doing the 365 progressive one :-)

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