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Discussion: Mistakes

in: ȷames; ȷames > 2024-03-09

Mar 11, 2024 3:11 PM # 
I would take a few more points from this.
First, you made many, many mistakes, probably on 50% of the legs, and got lucky so there was no time loss.
Second, your (confidence in) distance judgement seemed lacking? (although at 13 you did stop at the correct distance, maybe at 9 too?)
Mar 11, 2024 3:23 PM # 
Certainly got away with a few bits of loose control (2,4) and got lucky on some where luck was a big factor (8,12,18), but not sure I understand what you mean by mistakes with no time loss? Mentality mistakes?

Distance judgement definitely something to work on, and the confidence point is the key - I often stop at about the right time but when things start to look weird I have a tendency to completely discard information about the leg that I still have (how far have I come, was I on my compass and if not do I know which way I drifted)
Mar 11, 2024 6:11 PM # 
Mistakes with no time loss - when you aren't quite on the bearing, but the control pops up anyway, or is generously hung, or you spot a vague mapped feature that's actually a feature. So, yes, when you get lucky. I was never clear how the best people make their own luck, but its definitely a thing.
Mar 11, 2024 6:55 PM # 
Yeah. You're right that there was some reckless compass-work, but that wasn't entirely accidental. My perception of the forest from geeking was that it was going to be absolutely lightning (though I thought this might be because the whole race would be on paths), mostly very easy and so you'd need to take some risks to maintain a competitive pace. But yes, it's a good point that there's some unpunished mistakes as well as the punished ones in that route, and they probably merit close to the same amount of post-mortem.

I'd imagine a big portion of making your own luck is the quality of bearings. If your standard deviation is 4 degrees rather than 5 then I'm pretty sure that intersection of stats and geometry is going to conspire to give you a lot more "luck" (or perhaps more importantly in a high-percentage game, less misfortune).

Relatedly I think there's the skill of knowing where a bearing is within the balance between tools for a given control. i.e. is it your only tactic going into an area of blank map, in which case you're 100% reliant on it and need two hands and a slow approach, or do you have another feature/s covering 10,20,30% of the navigation that can let you run a bit harder.

The other controllable element of luck I can think of is being able to look up at the forest rather than down at the trip hazards. Pity about the genetics on that front ;)
Mar 11, 2024 9:35 PM # 
Hey. Don't I get to donate any genes?

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