National squad training camp- middle distance training
Saturday, March 12, 2011 3:05:40 PM
We started with an easy paced line-o (running on a marked line), followed by corridor training: A good morning wake up and a good way to learn the terrain.
The key was focusing all the time. I only lost it once, just before the end of the line-o, after seeing a fellow orienteer. I was focused on him instead of my orienteering. This theme will appear again by the end of the day.
Map: Odem forest
Mapmaker: Dan Chissick
We then ran 4 intervals of 1.3 km each (slow jog between them). I ran well, fast and accurate, until the third interval (C). I started my run very fast through a clearing that was supposed to lead me almost to the control. I reached the stone walls and convinced myself that I had left the clearing too early. I then started wandering aimlessly west and south until seeing the next runner. I joined him to the next control and went back to good, fast orienteering (Actually D was my best interval). The mistake I made in C will also reappear by the end of the day.
We rested and then went on to a one man relay. A mass start followed by 9 different routes of all runners. I started fast, knew where I was going and had it all planned out. But then I started following the rest in their pursuit which brought me to the most northern control 1 (when I was actually aiming for the most south). I lost about 4 minutes there and was making up time from there onwards.
The map of the first leg
The map of the second leg
The map of the third leg
I was pleased with my focus throughout the Odem trainings (besides these mistakes) and came out with two lessons:
1) A fellow runner can be used but you shouldn't change your path because of him. To make it even clearer, while running alongside other runners, focusing on your own route is much more important than usual. The other runners are less important than the next clearing, tree or stone.
2) When running fast, never try to deviate away from a given plan without rethinking it. The consequences are catastrophic. The faster you run, the faster you might run away from your control.
Use other runners for your purposes, run as fast as you can but always stay focused and planned ahead.