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Training Log Archive: Smiley Rhino

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activity # timemileskm+m
  Bush Orienteering1 1:41:33 11.06(9:11) 17.8(5:42) 16932c
  Total1 1:41:33 11.06(9:11) 17.8(5:42) 16932c
averages - rhr:45

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Sunday Jul 28 #

9 AM

Bush Orienteering race 1:41:33 [3] ** 17.8 km (5:42 / km) +169m 5:27 / km
ahr:171 max:187 32c rhr:45 (sick)

Rosemary Hill, Long-O

My coach encouraged me to start writing these, so here go...

I want to start off by giving my readers this once of explanation and background of my new racing tactic. This will only happen once and future logs will be shorter.

As many of you probably know I just came back from JWOC 2019. At JWOC coach Garry and I had many discussions on what we as SA Orienteers are doing wrong and how we should combat this. We eventually came to the following, very much simplified, conclusion: Our physical status and performance aren't far behind. This, however, is brought back down to almost zero by the speed at which we navigate. The only way for us to get better and start competing at an international level is thus to highly improve our navigating skills and speed. I also found that the best orienteers don't look at their maps for long periods of time. Instead, they take short, detailed and efficient glances at their map whilst running.

This is why I decided to purposefully start throwing my races. I have already proven to my fellow SA Orienteers that I can. Now I need to get better. The best way, in my opinion, to achieve this is to run my lungs out at every single race, without caring about my position or making mistakes, and so forcing my navigating speed to pick up. As for the short and efficient map contact, I'm not quite sure how to achieve this, but I'm thinking that if I force myself to run and not stop, that this skill will eventually get bullied into my mind. (It sort of goes and to had with the navigating speed)

My benchmark for this is the red-lined superman within attackpoint. Yes, I'm going to chase superman.

Now that you know the background and/of my new racing tactic, we can get to the race breakdown:

Race Score...7/10

This low score is not because I had a bad run, but because I could have done a lot better. The technicality at JWOC was phenomenal. Suddenly jumping back to this map with very little detail, I was not expecting to struggle, but I did. I found myself spending ages to look for features that weren't even on the map.

Cn1 went alright apart from me struggling to get into the map (as I said the lack of detail caught me out). This lack of detail continued to get the better of me throughout the course, so I'm not going to mention it again. I made my only error on the way to Cn9 when I messed up my bearing whilst bundu bashing. The rest of my mistakes were hesitation rather than mistakes, I'm working in this.

As far as the new tactic goes, I was mostly unsuccessful. I slowed down to look for detail that wasn't there and my map contact was inefficient. I don't blame myself for this, however. I am parallel to superman at some stages but dropped down a lot from the red line where I hesitated and at my Cn9 mistake. I find it funny how you can visually see this on the graph =D

Till next time folks...

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