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I’m lucky to be still working full time, but together with three small children at home that severely limits my spare time, so I don’t have the opportunity to participate in even a fraction of all the virtual O that’s happening in the world. But keeping fit and orienteering are still top priorities, so these are some of the highlights of the past few weeks:

  • My Orienteering maps memory game has well over 1,000 views, so obviously someone, somewhere in the world, is playing a lot. There are now 12 different map sets there, so you can choose the type that suits you, and get a good feel for Israeli terrain at the same time. Note: If you send me a set of 24 square map images, 200-300 pixels, I can add them to the game.

Corona Strava

  • I’m running within a 100m radius of home, which makes for a really boring track on Strava, just like some of the other Israeli orienteers. Mine is the top left one (obviously an iPhone is not as accurate as a GPS watch).

  • I’m doing more indoor fitness work than usual, mostly using Fitness Blender. So is Roni, and working out together is nice. We’re both going to finish this period fitter and fatter.

  • I’m having to prioritize my podcasts, because I usually listened to them during my commute, or on long runs, and both are gone so they’re piling up on my phone. The highest priority now is The Run In, which I discovered a few months ago after it was casually mentioned in CompassSport. As far as I know it’s the only regular orienteering podcast in English, and listening is great fun. Well done!

  • I used to play a lot of Catching Features back in the day (mid 2000’s?), but the game died off during the last decade. Now it’s going through a renaissance, with lots of competitions and players, and some fantastic maps. I’ll try to participate in all races of the Catching Features World Cup, but I’m a lousy gamer so my results will be mediocre at best. I’m also pleasantly surprised by the number of courses available for beginners – Alon (almost 9 years old now) is running (playing?) them regularly now, together with some of the sprint maps, almost always finishing successfully, and learning a lot.


Front garden

  • Garden-O.


There’s a good chance that the restrictions will be eased a little after this weekend, with the 100m radius around home increased to 500m, and maybe even further for individual sports, but the children are still going to be at home. At least I’ll be able to get some proper running done.

Stay healthy!




Posted 17/04/2020 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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