Goals for the 6 Day. Its a training, no rankings of any kind at stake,
no one looking at the results, simply a family vacation. Two specific
skills to work on -- changing speeds, and realising when contact is lost.
It seems odd, but I have a state of not in contact, and not out of contact,
like retroactive contact loss. Like, uh oh, I lost contact 200m ago. How
is this possible? (yes, parallel errors, bending the map, and conscience
economic decisions (gambles)), but these can be anticipated and generally
quickly corrected. There are other situations where this transition
occurs, and I haven't got a handle on it yet). I want to learn to recognize
this transition before it becomes retroactive, and make sure I micro-relocate.
I'm a decent micro-relocator, but a horrible macro-relocator, so it will
be important to strengthen this skill, to avoid ever having to macro-relocate
and the 4 min+ boom.
I may also get more disciplined with attackpoints and aiming off, but these
are secondary goals. In the dunes, I will walk if I have to, even if I
put in 30min/k times. I will also have to remember that the latitude may
play games with my compass, tho I don't think it is nearly as far north as
Whitehorse. I will have to remember to ignore others and elephant tracks
I'm still way too busy. I have too many non-O projects in my hopper. It
will be a goal by Sep 30th to clean all this out, and focus solely on O
in my free time. My training run times are up, and I think its because
I have way too much other stuff going on. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to
be affecting my racing, but one goal was to do some speedwork this season.
I'm barely hanging on maintenance. Perhaps its helping my racing, being
slower, but I have theories on this for another day. I must get more free
time to focus on training.
My term on the USOF board will end in a couple of weeks. I decided not
to seek another term. There is actually a specific reason, but I do not
want to write about it on a web page.
I had planned to write about the board, board vs team, etc., but being
on neither it seems a bit out of place, despite my strong opinions on
these matters. All I want to write is a) there is a quality control
problem with A meets in USOF (yet I don't have a solution other than
try to put on quality meets when I'm involved) that no one seems to be
addressing, and b) I don't think USOF has enough resources to try to be
both a recreational orienteering and serious orienteering organization
at the same time. From what I've seen, resource allocation (time and
money) seems to be aimed more at the recreational aspects. There is
no reason to whine about this -- every USOF member is entitled to vote
for whomever or run for board themselves if they don't care for the
status quo. And of course I could be wrong. And I was probably the
lamest board member of all time.
I did, however, use my privilege of being on the board to nominate someone
for the Silva award. Someone who I feel has made a serious contribution
to the competitive/elite US orienteering scene.