Dienstag, 10. April 2018

Another perspective on the Swiss orienteering re-run experiment

This is a follow-up article to a much more interesting article about the re-run

The 5000m on track is a steady component of the Swiss Team Selection races. It offers a standardized view on the runners athletic capacities.  How can we transfer the findings to the orienteering field? Below you can see a result of the re-run experiment by Swiss Orienteering.

This years selection series where opened with 5000m track race. Two days later the Sprint race was held in Novaggio. The after-noon the same day, they held a re-run along the mornings course. The athletes were allowed to visit the terrain after their own sprint race, before, after some good regeneration and analysis, running the same course for a second time.

fig.1. Running times Men for 5000m Track, Re-run and race. Top five runners are emphasized.
(Dark blue = M.Kyburz, red = D.Hubmann, yellow = F.Howald, green = C.Meier, light blue = Florian Schneider)

Trivia: Both D.Hubmann and M.Kyburz, ran the re-run at the exact same times as the 5000m... (Hubmann "bomfri")

What can you see here? - The first step is from the track to the (urban) terrain. There we have those, able to more or less keeping the speed, while others relatively struggle. In the second step you can see that those able to hold the level while navigating remain in front, while the rest drops to the back. So in the end the most adapted, outbalanced end up on the top, with the exception of M.Kyburz. He is just as fast that even a common "navigation"-drop leaves him in the top five.


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