|Emus Online - 12th February 2006|
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Please note that this is the 3rd edition of this newsletter for 2006 - if you haven't seen the earlier editions, they are available from http://emus.orienteering.com.au/
In this edition of Emus Online . . .
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Emus Orienteering Membership - Schon Hudson,
16 Fowler Street,
Box Hill South,
or pass it to her at any street-O event (she goes to most of them...)
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Bayside Kangaroos has seen spectacular growth from street-O over the past 2 years. Primarily as a result of John and Jenny Sheahan's high-pressure (but very effective) sales techniques and their commitment to social events, their club has grown to more than 350 members. While their club is still run by the traditional 10-20 core-members, it is clear that some of the newcomers are beginning to contribute to the running of the club as well.
We too have seen some growth - but certainly not of this magnitude. Nonetheless, those that have joined the club have certainly pitched in to help - folks like Phil Giddings are always willing to help and Bruce Johnston and daughter who participated in bush orienteering for the first time last year helped us by organising the Westgarth streeto event for us.
The reality is that the BK tactics are only as effective as they are because our efforts in this area are quite paltry by comparison. If we want to grow, if we want to bring more people into our club, we need:
It's up to us folks - we can moan about the monopolistic approaches used by Bayside - but they are unlikely to change. We need to ramp up our efforts for the remaining 6-8 weeks of the Summer Series - why not pitch in and lend a hand?
Late last year, we were approached by Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club to provide them with assistance in running a bush event during the 2006 season. Some of you may not be aware that DROC dropped out of bush orienteering many years back and as a result have no bush maps at this time. The return of a strong club such as DROC to bush orienteering could be one of the best things that has happened in Victorian Orienteering for some time - and Emus Orienteering will provide the support and assistance required to help them do this.
At this stage, we would propose to help out with a map, with software and website space for the event page and results and logistical support in planning/course-setting - as required by the folks at DROC. Their plans at this stage is to run a more difficult maxi - while we target ours at moderate levels, they're hoping to run one in which most legs will have hard route choices in addition to longer/moderate legs that might be available.
DROC events are generally well organised and well run - we look forward to a great day in the bush and would encourage other NE members to get behind this and take part.
Various folks at the VOA have been discussing the possibility of computer produced maps for some time - Stephan Kramer (the man that wrote the OE2000 software for use with SportIdent) has set up a small business in Europe that provides A3 or A4 printing services directly onto waterproof Pretex paper. Stephan reports that he printed 7500 maps in 2004 and this grew to 17,000 maps last year. His Quickmap Web Site provides details of the service provided - you just send him an Ocad 8 file and let him know how many copies of each course you want and off you go. Apparently cost and quality is on a par with offset printing.
I wonder which club will be first to buy a colour laser for local use? Perhaps the VOA could establish a central printing capability that we could all use - even better if this were portable - so it could be taken to events.
Once a year on VOA Policy Day orienteers get together to review how our sport is tracking and where it can go or should go in the next few years. Don Fell and Rob Edmonds will attend this coming Sunday on behalf of Emus. Some of the subjects to be discussed are:
We'll provide a summary of highlights in the next newsletter.
Schon and Lauris plan to attend the coaching weekend - if any other (female) members would like to attend and/or share transport, please get in touch with Schon by phone on 9888 8121 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is open to all women 18 years and over. If you are new to orienteering this is for you! Come and learn the basics of bush orienteering in a friendly and non threatening atmosphere. Orienteers will work in ability groups so whatever your experience you will be catered for. Cost of the weekend is $127. The course is subsidised by a grant from VicHealth.
Deadline is February 24th, but it is first come first served! Email: email@example.com or ring into the Office 9459 0853 to register. Full details and registration forms will be emailed/sent out once you register.
We've been investigating handicapping systems for a while now - with a view to introducing such a system as a trial in the Northern Series. Recently we received a suggested approach from Ray Howe - an approach that is relatively easy to implement and pretty straightforward to explain. The basic concept is that it compares each runner in a particular course to every other runner in the course - the end result being a matrix of how many times you have competed against each other runner and how many times you have won or lost. Such a system allows one to compare runners in different series - as there are enough common runners in each series to provide reference points that allow reasonable comparison to be made.
The next step is to work out how to turn this into a usable handicap - that impacts the way in which we run events and/or display results. As Ray suggests, it is important that the sport recognise that to win by handicap has genuine meaning - but to do so, the approach used has to be credible and must encourage runners competing for the award to strive for improvement - by doing sufficiently better than their normal performance to win by handicap.
The way in which such a system could affect the events that we run is certainly interesting:
A friend gave me this tiny book several years back - and recent travel on public transport has given me the opportunity to read it. All runners, from beginners to Olympians, will take delight in this compendium of wisdom gained from many years of running. With clarity and wit John Jerome provides a series of paragraphs and short excerpts on running-related topics, including stretching, bugs, falling, spaghetti, sweat and food. A few examples...
If you're having trouble staying motivated, seek an attitude adjustment. Stop thinking of exercise as more of that self-improvement stuff and start thinking of it as rescue; private time, a tranquilliser (and energizer), an antidote for the poisons of modern life. Use exercise that way and you don't have to make yourself do it., you have to ration the dosage.
Cold itself is no real problem, since running generates body heat. Wind is different. Weathercasters are fond of astonishing us with frightful, and not always believable, wind- chill factors. Runners should believe.
The advice that comes showering down on us from the popular literature - from coaches, trainers and other interpreters of exercise physiology - may not go in one ear and out the other, but the only way to make it stick is to put it to some kind of test. When we do, we turn it into a set of sensations that we not only feel while they're going on but can remember afterward. Until we do, advice is just words.
Warming up and cooling down fit into this category. I've been told about careful warm-ups all my life, but I've had trouble making myself take the time. Or I did until I trained hard enough and regularly enough to get hit in the face with the difference between physiological warmth and cold - until I knew the difference not with my head but with my aching muscles.
"Muscles," in that sense, is athletic slang for a complicated physiological kit. Yes, warm muscle works better and gets injured less, just like they're always telling us. But it isn't just muscle, it is tendon and ligament and the rest of the connective tissue, it is joint lubricants and all the other fluids. That sluggishness you feel is not in your head, it's in the very viscosity of your blood. The warm-up applies profitably even to nerve tissue, synapses, supplies of neuro-transmitters. It is simply the best means we have of sweeping out the residues of both use and disuse, the unresolved products of yesterday's hard work or sloth.
The same goes for cooling down, of course. Skipping that step can be dangerous. Exercise generates adrenaline, which helps bring the heart rate up; an abrupt halt to exercise doesn't give the system time enough to shut down the adrenaline, which can drive the heart into dangerous arrhythmias. And if difficult accommodations at the hormonal level don't catch your attention, then perhaps you might want to envision the conditioning which you're leaving the larger systems when you shut them down too quickly; all those soft tissues engorged with wastes, spasmodic with fatigue.
The real action, however, is down there among the bits of chemistry. What training finally teaches us is to comprehend things like the warm-up and the cool-down at the cellular level, even the molecular level. The processes that we are most interested in work better, and improve faster, if brought carefully up to speed and carefully back down to normal use.
Finally, the weather turned cool again. Lots of emus in attendance - Ian & Lauris, Peter Kempster (who has recently started coming along with daughter Melissa), Peter Maloney, Schon & Geoff Hudson, Rick Bailes, Antony, Christy and Elise Ball, Kevin Maloney and Colin and Jenny Steer. The new lighter and faster Ian Stirling is becoming very competitive in B grade - so much so that Geoff (17 Kg heavier - a true porker...) has suggested that we introduce a handicapping system where we make folks like Ian (and Rachel....) wear a weight belt - and we have weigh ins before and after the event to make sure that they haven't thrown a weight. It works in horse-racing...
Our man in the the Western Series, Don Fell, extended the Altona Mound map so that we could have a start location near the barbecues and public toilets at the Eastern end of the park. This meant that the first control was about 600-800m West (and so was the last control...) across open parkland - it was surprising how many experienced orienteers got confused as they ran across the parkland. Navigation was easy if you are a skilled orienteer with an element of cunning - you just follow Don. As mapper for this area, he knows it like the back of his hand - so I just tucked in behind and he took me through the park/scrub to the first 3 controls. We split up at that point with him doing one loop and me another. I worked out that we would meet again about 3-4 Km later at control 15 - a fence corner on the way back to the start....and sure enough, as I approached 15, I could see Don running across the parklands towards the same control. He pushed hard and beat me to the control - and the speed picked up for the final 1.5 - 2 Km home. It certainly made the finish more interesting!
A superb evening - very cool (in contrast to recent weeks) and in pleasant surroundings. This event used the area to the south of the boathouse - covering the area of Collingwood and the bike tracks around the animal farm. The map was a bit out of date and was a bit hard to read (or misleading) in a couple of spots - causing consternation in those that couldn't find cut-throughs that were supposed to be there, but if you had run in the area before, this wasn't too much of a problem.
We keep saying that maps can't get any steeper and then something like this comes along to prove you wrong! Fortunately, the weather was kind - the evening was cool with a slight breeze - and as we ran across wide open paddocks and grassy laneways that are typical of this area, it felt really good to be alive. Some of the uphill sections were a bit challenging, but these seem to be less and less of an issue as we get fitter. Ian Stirling came first in B grade - a superb effort against a very competitive field - with Peter Lewis (also NE) coming in second. The good natured atmosphere of the Northern Series was certainly evident - the Course Setter stressed that he had tried his best to keep the course as flat as possible - but had failed. The organiser pointed out that Northern Series participants were the street-O equivalent of Mountain Runners...and that Northern Series participants generally thought that most other maps were pretty flat (by comparison).
Too far - didn't go!
Schon forgot to bring my running gear (I have a sneaking suspicion that this was deliberate) - so we went to dinner instead. No report....
This event was run by Caulfield Grammar School on our Smith's Dell map. Strangely, the normally crisp map seemed somewhat faded with poor contrast - and a number of embarrassing map errors had crept in - but none of these seemed to cause issue for the participants. Over 200 runers on the night - and this is likely to grow as the schools participation increases over the next few weeks.
It rained all day - so it was beautifully calm and cool by the time of the event. Unsure that it would stay that way, we encouraged everybody to take a plastic map bag - sorting through a wad of wet score cards that have stuck together is no fun at all! This was the best run that many of us have had in several weeks - the cooler weather allowed the pace to pick up and several people were heard to comment that they got beaten in spite of having had their best run in ages.
|13-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Southern Series||Monday Event 16||DR||Notting Hill||Mount Waverley||Mayfield Park, entry from Mayfield Drive||70 B4|
|14-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Western Series||Tuesday Event 15||NE||Cairnlea NEW MAP||Cairnlea||Deer Park Primary School, Furlong Road||25 H5|
|15-Feb-06||Foot||Macedon||Macedon Series||Macedon 5||MFR||Gisborne||Gisborne||Gisborne Reserve, opposite aquatic centre||197 E7|
|15-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Eastern Series||Wednesday Event 16||DR||Tunstall Junction||Blackburn North||Slater Reserve, Grosvenor Street||48 C5|
|16-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Northern Series||Thursday Event 16||AR||Bulleen||Balwyn North||North of Carron Street, near Singleton Road||32 G11|
|19-Feb-06||Foot||Bush||Club Event||Season Opener||YV||Porcupine Ridge|
|20-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Southern Series||Monday Event 17||NE||Camelot Rise (Score)||Glen Waverley||Capital Reserve, Capital Avenue||62 G12|
|21-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Western Series||Tuesday Event 16||TK||Teagardens||Avondale Heights||Canning Reserve, Canning Street||27 G8|
|22-Feb-06||Foot||Macedon||Macedon Series||Macedon 6||CH||Woodend||Woodend||Tourist Information Centre, Main Street, north of Forest Street||290 C8 VR|
|22-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Eastern Series||Wednesday Event 17||YV||Kerrimuir||Kerrimuir||Springfield Park, entry from Dorking Road||47 F7|
|23-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Northern Series||Thursday Event 17||BK||Darebin (Score)||Bellfield||Ford Park, Davidson Street||31 D4|
|27-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Southern Series||Monday Event 18||BK||Knoxfield||Knoxfield||R D Egan-Lee Reserve, entry from Wallace Road||73 B3|
|28-Feb-06||Foot||Street||Western Series||Tuesday Event 17||BK||Williamstown Beach||Williamstown||Osborne Street, start opposite Langford Street BYO BBQ||56 B10|
|18-Feb-06||MTBO||MTBO||MTBO Summer Series||MTBO Summer Series #4||MTBO||TBA|
|25-Feb-06||MTBO||MTBO||MTBO State Series||SS 2 & MTBO Selection Trial||EU|
|26-Feb-06||MTBO||MTBO||MTBO State Series||SS 3 Vic Mid. Dist. MTBO Champs & Selection Trial Maryborough||NE|
Start location: Overflow car park, Silvan Reservoir Park (opposite main entrance) Stonyford Rd, Silvan. Melways 120 H11. Enter on the day from 5.15pm to 5.45pm. Start at 6.00pm. Adults $5, Juniors (under 21) $2.50.
If members were wondering about ever trying out a MTBO event, this is the one to start on. The tracks are not technically difficult and the area is quite flat, the flattest we use. It would be quite OK to use a standard road bike. We have map boards to loan out for free. Some of us are staying at the Maryborough Caravan Park in tents and cabins. You should book your accommodation as early as possible.
The Season Opener is once again planned for Porcupine Ridge - this is one of my favourite maps - well-defined spur-gully terrain with one of the prettiest assembly/finish areas that you're ever likely to come across. Just North of Daylesford, with Bitumen all the way to the assembly area, it's easy to get to and provides an ideal coffee/refreshments opportunity on the way home. This is superb terrain for both beginners and experienced orienteers that want to strecth out and have a run - don't miss it!
Planned events that I know of are:
19-Feb-06 Club Event Season Opener YV Porcupine Ridge 04-Mar-06 Rogaine 6 hour Rogaine VRA 05-Mar-06 Rogaine 6 hour Rogaine VRA 11-Mar-06 Club Event Junior Eureka Challenge (Note 1.) EU Hepburn 12-Mar-06 Club Event Senior Eureka Chllge St. Series #1 (Note 2) EU Hepburn 19-Mar-06 Club Event Easter warm-up 1 / EU Club Event EU TBA 26-Mar-06 Club Event Long "O" (Club) BK Mt Hickey
We now publish this information on the club website - and note that helpers are still required for several of the events. Please check out the events page on the club website at http://emus.orienteering.com.au/Events/2006/index.html
|Category/Index :||Bush||State Series||Easter warm-up 1 / EU Club Event|
|Series :||Club Event||Senior Eureka Chllge St. Series #1||EU|
|Event :||Junior Eureka Challenge & club event for all||Chinaman Flat|
|Map :||Blowhole||Tipperary Springs||Map 526 J4|
|Location :||Daylesford||Daylesford||Map 76 B4|
|Start :||10.30 to 1.30||1:15,000|
|Melway :||Map 509 C10||Map 509 C10||5 metre|
|VicRoads :||Map 59 C7||Map 59 C7||Take the Glenelg Hwy SW from Ballarat 35 km to Linton. Turn right to Snake Valley & look for O signs.|
|Scale :||1:15,000||EU Challenge 1:15,000, Courses 3 to 12 1:10,000||Geoff Lawford & Jenny Bourne|
|Contours :||5 metre||5 metre|
|Directions to Start :||From Daylesford, take the Midland Hwy 4 km towards Ballarat. Turn right into Basalt Rd (O signs) & follow signs 5 km to start. From Ballarat, turn left into Basalt Rd 3 km befond Swiss Mt Hotel.||From Daylesford, take the Midland Hwy 4 km towards Ballarat. Turn right into Basalt Rd (O signs) & follow signs 5 km to start. From Ballarat, turn left into Basalt Rd 3 km befond Swiss Mt Hotel.||Geoff Lawford & Jenny Bourne|
|Organiser :||Russell Bourke||Russell Bourke||4 courses and score|
|Controller :||Roch Prendergast||Roch Prendergast||11.00 to 12.00|
|Course Setter :||Warwick Williams||Warwick Williams||$6.00|
|Courses :||EU Jnr Challenge: M & W 16 & 18, 5 open courses||Standard 10 SS courses. EU Challenge on courses 1 & 2||$6.00|
|Start Times :||10.30 to 1.30||9.30 to 12.30||Mix of gold mining & spur/gully to prepare for Easter|
|Fees Non VOA :||$12.00||$12.00|