JK Sprint 4th?
This is going to be a long one with some thoughts I had whilst not being able to sleep.
Firstly my performance.
Physically I was struggling to breathe but legs felt rested. Yet I felt I was lacking a bit and not really a speed guy at the moment but I suspect this wasn't a major problem.
Technically I felt very poor. I just seemed to constantly be hesitating and stopping, throwing away seconds constantly. This is annoying as normally I thrive on the micro side of sprint orienteering. I had very little flow today. I think this could be due to me being a bit rusty (yet I managed at Scottish Sprints and last weekend) and also the course found a way to mess with this smoothness. Firstly I am weak at checking descriptions and planning .There was a fair few ambiguous controls today that required checking. I need to improve this myself. I never ended up the wrong side of anything but did have end up stopping at a lot of those controls. Then a couple of brain fades. Not analysed it yet but seems most RC's were obvious 50/50 or just a second or two losses but have to check that.
I thought the planning wasn't great. First 8 was okay then I think that middle section was wasted. 31 controls seemed excessive and that middle area was so perfect for a long leg or two and we just had lots of small ones everywhere. Also I didn't enjoy all the controls in the back of one way bin sections/bike sheds. Yet maybe this is good planning as caused me issues.
My parents had nice looking courses so maybe just drew the short straw.
Now onto the big questions
1) Is the ability to use descriptions to find the control placement an integral part of orienteering or a leftover from the days when it was a requirement?
I am biased as I dislike it but I would much prefer using unambiguous features or the little red dot. Either way it is a part and I need to get better.
2) The elephant in the arena today. EmiTag punching. I think there are issue with the technology but my main query and the most important thing to me is what is expected of the athlete? So below is a bit of a flow chart and what I think is a logical approach to the problem.
1) Can the EmiTag flash at a control yet not register and thus causing the person to be disqualified?
2) Is it the athletes responsibility to check the tag flashes at every control
3)Is it the athletes responsibility to just do the correct punching motion within the required guidelines?
Answers and solutions
1a -- Throw it away it is useless
1b,2a -- Then why do we have backup punches and athletes who miss it on the original should be dq'd regardless of the situation on the backup as otherwise it disadvantages athletes who do check it and go back when it doesn't flash.
1b,2b,3a -- Fair enough and make it a statistics game that with two tags the likelihood of it not registering on either is slim. If this is minimal enough then this approach should work
The organisers I think need to decide and I guess we will see depending on reinstatement. Most likely from now on I will just check if one of them flashes I'm good as I think they are going to reinstate people.
I think an issue seems to be a similar punching motion does not always get the same result. You could see people at the last controls pretty much tap it and then get no punch. Hopefully it will be less of an issue in the coming days. The relay could be fun though.
Most importantly Will showed up after a few years of great training and smashed it.