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Discussion: Practicing and Improving

in: Orienteering; Training & Technique

Jul 28, 2019 12:14 PM # 
Hello! How do you practice and develop orienteering skills while not competing? I only have a few hours a week to practice, and I'm looking for effective ways to improve.

As of now I practice in the park sometimes and participate in orienteering events in the rare case when I find one in my area.

Thank you!
Jul 28, 2019 6:42 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
First, where are you located?

Assuming you don't have several events every week like we do here in Norway & Sweden, one of the better things you can do is to study as many maps and races as possible, use and as your starting points. Now, with more than 50 years as an orienteer behind me I still use at least an hour every day looking at courses and figuring out which route I would take.
Jul 28, 2019 6:48 PM # 
Play catching features or the Finnish version starting with S that I can't pronounce. I find both really help with map reading and route choice. It's good for improving concentration too, every time my mind drifts off the nav I almost always make a mistake.

What Terje says is good too. I wish there was a really nice app or webpage for planning and comparing routes. And I wish it was easier to automatically rotate the map for each leg on the computer.
Jul 29, 2019 11:12 AM # 
Hey Terje, thanks so much for your reply! Actually, I'm originally from Norway but I live in the Czech Republic nowadays. I used to go to a lot of events before moving here. I looked at the websites you suggested and they seem very good and informative. And the exercise you describe sounds like such a great idea, I think I'm going to start doing it.

Thank you very much!
Jul 29, 2019 4:42 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
LiveLox auto rotates if you view by leg, arguably my favorite feature!
Jul 30, 2019 1:30 AM # 
Thanks Mr Wonderful. That's really good to know. Looks like I'll be using LiveLox more regularly. :-)
Jul 30, 2019 1:46 AM # 
In high level orienteering it is very important to be a very good runner, not just on a track or road but also in the terrain. Make sure to train in the terrain varied terrain, uphill and down.
Then it is important to be able to read the map and make decisions from the map while on the run. So what Terje talks about studying courses is correct but also include studying them and making hypothetical route choice decisions while on the run.
It might not be possible to go orienteering as often as you would like but it is possible to simulate orienteering most times and most places.
Jul 30, 2019 1:52 AM # 
There's also Greg's Training Subscription Service if you need a steady supply of exercises to do on the run.
Jul 30, 2019 6:26 AM # 
Terje Mathisen:
In Livelox replay mode, if you click on a particular runner, it will autorotate the map the same way that the runnner would do, including smooth transitions while passing controls. Very nice indeed. :-)
Jul 30, 2019 8:15 AM # 
Thank you so much everybody, those are all great suggestions and we'll see how I can put them to action. I love orienteering and I used to do it a lot, but I'm pretty busy nowadays so it's harder to put in a lot of time and practice all the different aspects, but I'm going to try do put aside time every week for running, practicing choosing routes while running and studying maps! Thanks for the help!!! :D
Aug 2, 2019 1:29 PM # 
Problem with Livelox is if you don't have a subscription, you can only view one competitor at a time so leg-by-leg analysis is not possible. We don't have enough people in WA to either a) upload their routes; b) pay for a subscription; or c) upload maps and courses to the program to actually have it work in the first place.
Aug 5, 2019 1:23 PM # 
riley mcfarlane :
Use your Relative's computer or your own computer if it has at least intel i core i6 and 16GB RAM along with 128+GB storage to install steam, download virtual O (when it's on sale) and grind the hell out of it. Or you could download catching features and play that.

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