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Sunday Jan 30, 2011 #


Pretty handy headcam :)


Worldofo is working on article series of improving O skills using head cam. Here is how I see it:

- you should already have a systematic way to improve your skills without head cam. Head camera is just one tool to find out are you doing what you should be doing in forest.

- you should have model of your orienteering - your cognitive process, what you think and do and it all is controlled and so on. Then you compare your real world doings against this model. If your current doings it differs from the model and it slows you down, you focus on doing as yo model says. If you do as your model says but it makes you slow/make mistakes, you need to improve on your model. with head cam you might be able to spot some things slowing your down or you making differently than your model.

- you get rid of bad habits by focusing not to do them any more and doing it the right way - the way your model tells your should do - and you repeat and repeat. Eventually you build a habit of doing it right, then you don't need to focus on it any more and you can focus on something else. Eventually you do everything right bu habit, so you don't need to focus much at all, situations comes and goes and you do the right thing by your habit, even if you are tired, under pressure or out of oxygen. And even if you don't do the perfect move, the good habit saves you from doing the bad move. That's the beauty of building good habits and killing bad ones - you just grab the map you are 99% magic without having to focus 100% every time.

For me, O scanning with my eyes between my feet and the horizon and seeking for best micro route choices, the horizon direction being at the direction of the place I am going to/ my next target along my route that I can't see yet. That's all, it is as simple as that. But of course, to do it, I need to do some things. Finding my feet is easy, but the other end of the eye scanning line is more kinky, I have to look at map time to time to _know_ what my target actually is, and to look compass to _know_ what directions it actually is and if I seen something I think is mapped I may have to look at map to see _know_ what line I am on. If I don't know these thinks, I need to fined out or keep on going to most likely direction. Quite simple, mostly habit and automated process. No need to increase or control map reading frequency. Feeding the process with increased map reading just slows me down and reading less isn't possible, the nav process habit just end up sucking the information from map reading, it doesn't live without it. For me all the talk about analyzing map reading frequency and increasing or keeping it up is nonsense. For me it's like saying you got dehydrated because you did not took a leak often enough. For me the map reading frequency is quite insignificant, I just need to know where I am going and what I am doing and getting the information is enough. sometimes I need to read map often, sometimes virtually not at all. The thing is the map reading frequency is controlled by the gore nav thinking process, if it fails everything fails, inducing map reading frequency. The cure isn't fixing map reading frequency, it is fixing the gore process.

I wrote about my way of doing it some time ago:

Further (and far better for 110% sure) reading "Suunnistus ja ajattelu" by Pekka Nikulainen and Suunnistustaito By Pekka, Janne Salmi and Thierry's coaches from Kalevan Rasti (I think).

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