Our series with technique training continue. This week Helena Jansson shares some tips that can improve your skills.
I truly love orienteering, I’ve been doing it for so long- and I still find it tricky, hard and challenging! There is always something new, something I need to develop and learn to beacome a better orienteerer.
The terrain that awaits you at O-Ringen in Sälen might feel like home to some people, but for many of us this will be a bit outside of our comfort zone. I believe that you need to be focused and careful all five days. During O-Ringen you will visit a lot of controls and it takes a lot of concentration to nail each one of them.
There has been quite long periods where I haven’t been able to run that much, just one or two times a week, beacuse of injuries. I’ve tried to do a lot of technique training, and that’s when I discovered the amazing world of “walking orienteering”. Many of you frowns contemptuously and shakes your head- but it is much harder to execute an orienteering course well walking than in your usual speed. It’s a technical challenge to walk orienteering and I really recommend it. When I say walk orienteering I don’t mean a casual strolling with birds singing, fresh air and the scents of spring as the primary focus- no, I mean fully focused on the orienteering technique needed to optimize the exercise you can get from the course you have at hand.
Why is walking orienteering so great then?
So my advice to you is; decrease the speed! Dare to challange yourself as hard as you can to optimize your orienteering, your focus and your choosing of routes. I promise that you will discover things about yourself and your orienteering that you didn’t know before.