NWOC Leading the Way with Club Training

NWOC ran its seconds training day yesterday in Woodhill Forest attracting a wide range of abilities from our great club. As NWOC coach I can see how valuable these sessions are for individuals’ development and for our club culture.

Training base camp in the forest

Training base camp in the forest

Here is a look at what I had the club’s top orienteers were doing.

Red Training - Part 1. Compass, control picking and get physical.

Red Training – Part 1. Compass, control picking and get physical.

This training works specifically on essential techniques for navigating at this top level and this time compass bearings and control flow were major targets for improvement.  Each exercise has an aim, a reason, and instructions to ensure that the athletes are getting the most out of the training. There are also coaches running with the athletes to offer suggestions and answer questions. I haven’t seen this level of coach-trainee interaction anywhere in New Zealand before and I’m finding this very exciting to be a part of!

I wasn’t going to let them get away without a tough physical challenge either and I expect the Get Physical session will appear again in future training days. The second half of the training day had more high intensity torments for our trainees. The Partner O-Intervals, more recognisable for some under the name tennis match, was a big hit again. This is a great exercise for reminding you how fast you have to think at race pace and also doubles as a kickass interval session in terrain! Check out special guest Matt Goodall’s GPS route for this session.

Matt's GPS route for the Partner O-Intervals exercise.

Matt’s GPS route for the Partner O-Intervals exercise.

Matt and Cam Tier pushed really hard in these intervals and they were definitely suffering on the next exercise, the classic relocation. For those who haven’t done this one before, it involves chasing after the coach (me) as he runs flat out through the terrain without looking at your map. When the coach thinks the group is lost enough they then take over navigation and find the next control. Doing this as a group made it a bit more competitive and was super fun for me as the coach because I got to put the trainees though a significant of amount of suffering and then watch them run around lost for a few minutes on each leg. I was actually very impressed by how quickly they found most of the controls, as I remember getting very lost when I was in their situation as an up and coming junior.

As far as orienteering training goes in the Auckland region there is a small group of us working on some great new initiatives to offer more training to club members and improve the standards of training. Expect big things and get excited to see New Zealand take more medals at JWOC!

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