Thursday, June 30, 2011

Training Day 3 - Relay

Today the team set off to a slightly different type of map for some training for the JWOC relay. In contrast to previous maps, this area was characterised by slightly more variation of vegetation, undulationg contours (compared to the more usual steepness), and even some marshes in and around depressions or gullies.

The exercises set by Roch involved a warm up of about 2-2.5km, followed by a few mass start intervals, but relay style with forking just to make it interesting. The area was lightning fast and a real high pace was need to keep near the front, like the JWOC relay is expected to be. But the subtleness of the contours ensured we still stayed on our toes navigationally.

Im sure all team members considered it another very useful day of training. For those of you unable to experience the wonders of the beautiful polish terrain, we have a bit of headcam footage, courtesy of Ians new headcam, for you to drool over.

If we can get the hotel internet working better we might be able to provide you with a few more videos from the past few days. Possibly not even all orienteering related.

The afternoon consisted of mainly relaxing and swimming at the hotel for the athletes.

And a trip to 'the Kalvaria' for Valerie and Aislinn who hadnt had enough walking carrying everyones drink bottles in the forest today. They walked 5k and encountered 25 little Chapels from the 17th Century.

Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow. Morning Sprint training on our only sprint map is most likely on the cards.

writed and posted by Josh.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Training Day 2

Today was spent honing the team's long distance skills. The morning saw the team filing in for an interesting breakfast spread before piling into the bus to travel to a nearby 1:15000 map. A quick relay-style sprint got the team puffing before they headed off to challenge each other on a few long route-choice legs.

The girls and boys paired up and agreed to take different route choices on 1 to 2 km legs. The excersise was enlightening in that the athletes found their route choices to take similar times regardless of which option they chose, as long as each had planned their leg in advance and had stuck to their plan. Ian and Lachy added interest by wearing Ian's new headcam, and managed to catch on film a spectacular stack by Oscar, who disappeared downhill in a cloud of leaves, dust and flailing limbs.

Returning to the hotel found the athletes stocking up on an unusual lunch (uncooked pastry with pork filling) and relaxing before Valerie dragged everyone out to see the sights of Wejherowo and visit the uneventful event centre.

Finally found a way to control Aislinn and Belinda

Posted by Aislinn

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In Poland and Training

As I finally have the internet in this Hotel mastered I am able to put some information here for the expectant few. Have had to move 3 times within the Hotel to find a position where the I am able to get a signal strong enough to log on.

As for the Team. Most managed to meet up at the Hostel in GDansk with the exceptions of Oliver, Lachlan and Krystal. They managed to meet up with the squad in Wejherowo (vay - hair- ovo) at Hotel Victoria. Some did refer to it as 'where are we O' initially but we have since been reeducated by Valerie.

GDansk from Valeries tower

After ariving at the Hotel, collecting everyone together and settling into our rooms, the team headed off for an easy run on one of the nearby maps. All are finding the terrain interesting and are excited by the prospect of competing in what, to us, seems familiar and manageable.

A couple of mishaps to report so far. One was Oscar arriving without his luggage in GDansk, fortunately it arrived at our Hotel the next day and the other was Valerie dropping the keys to her bus whilst out in the forest taking photos. After a mild panic and some frantic searching they were located on the ground at the head of a gully about 500m from the bus. PHEW!!.

Training began in earnest today(27th) with some middle distance skill training on a 1:10000 map. Map memory drills were followed by some hard and fast control picking exercises. All seemed happy and displayed good skills in the terrain( starting to sound like report writing).

Heading out to a 1:15000 map tomorrow for some long training. Lets hope the weather stays as it is. Fine, sunny and about mid to low 20's. So far so good. More to come.