Follow the University Team as they compete in the World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC) in Alicante, Spain from 30 June to 7 July, 2012.
Alison Campbell, Delaware Valley Orienteering AssociationSchool: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
What is your training routine? I do about 3-4 hours of running/orienteering a week. Generally, I try to have one be a “speed” session and two orienteering. Then fill out the rest of the week with cycling and strength training.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? My advice would be get on as many maps as possible and as different as possible. Also make sure you have a strong physical fitness base. Then it is all about consistency and process!
Goals for WUOC 2012: I’m going to make sure that I have clear plans for every leg, follow the processes I have been working on, and aim for solid runs. With that I should do well, but not focusing on placing this year. It’s all about the process!
McKenzie Hudgins, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
School: US Military Academy, West Point, New York
Keith Andersen, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club, West Point, NY
What is your training routine? West Point is strategically located on and near an abundance of ISOM standard mapped land. We really have it good. Our team has a training schedule that gets us in the woods and on a map twice a week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday is cardio endurance, thus we are typically doing a long run, sometimes in the woods and sometimes up hills. Thursday is our interval day. The weekends are spent tending to all of the other demands of cadet life if not traveling to and running orienteering meets.
Charles Whitaker, US Military Academy, West Point, NY
What is your training routine? Although I have grown up in the woods throughout California, this is only my second year of orienteering. At the academy, our typical training routine is a mixture of workouts in preparation for orienteering and life in the army. However, my favorite training occurs when my team conducts races against each other through the woods on a practice course. On these days I find it most beneficial to analyze and discuss different route choices and difficulties present for each point immediately after running that particular route. It’s always beneficial to discuss a course after completing it, but I find better analysis through the immediate debate of route choice while still in the woods.
John Hensley Williams, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club, West Point, NY
What is your training routine? Four days a week I take to the roads or forests to practice for 90 minutes or so. As I have become more familiar with the West Point terrain and maps I've begun to increase the speed of my navigation. I have also placed an increasing focus on the intensity of my forest sprint and hill ascension exercises.
Team Leader: Keith Andersen, U.S. Military Academy Orienteering Club