19 Jan

Goal Setting

For many people January brings a flurry of New Year Resolutions, but sticking to them can be difficult to achieve.  However, I wrote a little New Year guide for Hands On Maximise where I work on Monday evenings and Thursday & Friday afternoons.  The guide posted on January 1st can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/Handsonmaximise-1494358500854159/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

So January also provides an opportunity to look back at last year – what went well? what could be improved?

A work related highlight was being invited to travel with the GB Orienteering Talent Squad to the JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) which were held in Switzerland.  The Team performed very well with support from the staff involved regularly with the team & happily there were few injuries to deal with over the 10 day trip.

At a personal level, I was delighted to be selected again to represent Scotland in the Orienteering Veteran Home International which is an annual event pitching the four home nations against each other.  Despite poor visibility, the cherry on the cake was winning my age group against strong competition.

I also made further progress in my rock climbing skills through taking part in Improver’s courses and benefitting from a couple of personal coaching sessions at EICA, Ratho.

But what could have been better?  Juggling work, training & family commitments can always be a challenge, so the consistency of my training could have been better at times.  I have found in the past that having a routine works for me, however this also needs to have some flexibility as the unexpected can – and does – happen!!

Looking ahead – my goals for 2017 are to establish a consistent routine for my training which suits my work hours and the variety of activities I enjoy.  For orienteering I would be delighted to represent Scotland again, so I’ll need to look out for the selection events so my fitness & skills are at a good enough level.  There are also some road biking sportives, mountain biking duathlons and rock climbing holidays to prepare for.

I have already accepted the invitation to assist the Talent Squad again this year as physio for JWOC in Finland and also the Junior European Cup in Austria.  My year has already involved providing assistant coaching support for both the GB Orienteering Talent Squad and coaching more locally with East of Scotland Orienteering Association juniors.

I’ll write more about how I am incorporating the important elements of training in my next blog – watch this space!!

14 Jun

GB Orienteering Talent Squad

jwoc2016_logo_mit_schattenPreparations are underway for travelling with the Talent Squad to the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Switzerland in July.  I’ll be meeting the team prior to the event while we all acclimatise to the different climate and for some time training in terrain similar to the competition areas.

I initially became involved with the team as part of a Talent Coach Development Programme in January 2015.  Over the past 18 months my involvement has developed to include assisting with coaching, physio input at some of the training camps as well as minibus driver when required!

So packing has started and ticking off the checklist of items likely to be needed is underway!