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30 Years of Orienteering   Leave a comment

My orienteering career started 30 years ago today, June 9th 1990, when I first went to an orienteering event of my own free will.

I had been sent to a few races by my army unit, but I didn’t know that civilian or sport orienteering existed. Then I saw an ad in the newspaper, several months in advance, for a race at Birya Forest, not far from home, and I noted the details.

On the appointed day I turned up with my girlfriend Galit, registered for the “medium” course, and set off. I finished third in H21B, asked if there were any prizes (no), and went home. But, as we were leaving, Galit picked up a registration form for the Israel Sport Orienteering Association, and the rest is history.

I could write a book about what I’ve done in orienteering since then. Oops! Done that already. Now I remember that when I wrote about it in the blog I promised to publish some of the charts, but I haven’t done that yet. Meanwhile, I’ve published my training log for the last 23 years (since it became digital), including GPS tracks – here’s the link, and I’ll keep it updated every month or so:!/vizhome/MyTraining_15916483965590/Introduction



Posted 09/06/2020 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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Orienteering (and other sports) events are now officially allowed again, and the first actual race was in Odem Forest, probably the most suitable for this time of season – there won’t be much orienteering here in the heat of summer, as usual.

My endurance is more than OK, but I have no competitive speed and I’m not worrying about it until September, so I ran this at a brisk jog. It’s my map, so I had no problems reading it, but the terrain is tough in any case and it seems that every year it gets stonier. Apart from a lapse in concentration at control 7, I had a relatively smooth run and I really enjoyed getting out on a proper course at last. I finished the 7.1 km course in 68:27, meaning that Roni, who ran her 5.6 km course in 53:49, was slightly faster than me: mainly because of my mistake, but they all count, and it shows how much her fitness has improved over the Corona period. I think it’s given her some motivation to try and keep it up next season, despite the stresses of kids and teaching.

My next race might be in… September. It’s starting to get hot, and there’s not much of a program yet for the summer. One thing, unfortunately, is for sure – I won’t be travelling abroad.


Posted 02/06/2020 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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