Participating in an orienteering race can be exciting, at the same time challenging. You need to be good at mountain running, cycling, and sometimes even skiing. Improving your speed is not the only thing you should focus on to improve your performance. Here are some tips that can help you.
Know how to study the map
You must know how to study the map. You should understand the scale, which image represents high and low, directions, what’s a fence or a wall, and other things. That way you won’t waste your time trying to figure out how to read a map during the race.
It is not a competition of speed
Many people think that you need to be good at running or cycling; that is, you must focus on your speed only. However, this race is not only about speed. It’s about other skills too. You need to have good navigational and decision-making skills.
Someone faster in mountain running than you might spend hours looking at the map and finding the right direction. If you can read maps well and understand directions properly then you can go ahead of that person even if you are slower at mountain running or cycling.
Avoid running at top speed
You will make a huge mistake if you run at top speed. You must not get tired or exhausted during the last part of the race. You should conserve your energy throughout the race so that you can finish the race with full energy. These tips will help you to improve your performance at the orienteering race. You will be ahead of many participants if you can keep these things in mind and practice them before the race.