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Discussion: On the right track

in: Sophie Howes; Sophie Howes > 2024-02-17

Feb 21, 2024 12:50 AM # 
You're definitely on the right track with both this mindset and your progression. I'd just take stock of where I am right now, what my weaknesses are, and then keep attacking the closest alligator to the boat. IMO, right now for you, I would focus on the following:
1. Habit patterns. Bad habits are easy to develop in WIOL because all courses are park-like and require little skills in compass usage, terrain identification, or concern about getting terribly lost. Drill in the use of your compass when training and be precise with it. Also consider using it for distance awareness or even measurement. When these things become habits ingrained in your subconsciousness, then there is an awareness you always have to protect yourself.
2. Experience: Do the hard races. All of them. There is no replacement for experience. The same tricks are used over and over again and with time you will gain a library of mistakes that are easy to avoid or minimize. Analyze each of these races with a GPS. Be brutal with yourself in determining what you should have done and where you should have done it. Put those back into habit pattern training.
3. Pressurize your navigation: Once you are solid in your habit patterns and how to use all the tactics, and when to use them, find places to press your green light speed to the max. In other words, find ways to put yourself in green-light situations and recognize it. Compete, never coast.
4. Utilize XC and track to develop speed and strength. These are no-brainers, and will always make you competitive in sprint and park races once you get the gist of the game (which you already have). Being able to rely on your speed also allows you to trust that you can go Red or Yellow light when needed and not blow the race.

Really though..just keep having fun! Never forget that all sports are just dumb games we do for whatever reason:)
Feb 22, 2024 8:55 PM # 
Great pointers.
I'll add: try as many different terrains and o' formats as you can. I know that's not easy when you're a junior only able to do what your adults allow. But the more types of terrains you can experience, the more skills you build. And it's fun!
Feb 23, 2024 7:09 PM # 
Sophie Howes:
Thank you for all the advice!

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