These are notes from a high performance presentation in 2003, that you may or may not have attended, but the tips are always useful...
The Swedish Orienteering coach, Goran Anderson, makes a clear distinction between performance and results. Our objective is to PERFORM the best we can in these races; this we can control. Our RESULT (placing) will depend on how other people perform and is beyond our control. Here are some tips from the HiP talks that will help you achieve your best performance.
Many orienteers will be more nervous than usual at the start line. If this nervousness is not controlled it will lead to mistakes on the first controls and less than optimal performance. In order to control nervousness, use the visualization techniques presented by Marie-Catherine. It is especially important to visualize your pre-race preparation, your walk to the start and your first two or three controls.
The conditions in Kamloops, as we know, are dry and hot. Be physically prepared for many races in a short time by staying hydrated, eating lots of healthy food, and getting adequate sleep. It is especially important to begin recovery immediately once you finish a race - so eat lots and drink lots. Keep in the shade as much as possible.
Here are some tips from Geir's talk on how to make good route choices in the Kamloops terrain
It is open terrain - easier than it looks on the map, controls and control features will be visible from far away. It is extra important to look far ahead (keep your eyes up). Contour reading and rough compass are the most important navigation techniques The terrain will have fast running everywhere - in general, go straight (unless faced with hills, cliffs, boulders) Do careful route planning on long legs to avoid unnecessary climb. Sometimes climbing will be better than running on steep side-slopes. Look for "leading" contour features (re-entrants, ridges, saddles) that will lead you into controls. Don't focus too much on vegetation differences (the yellow/white is very diffuse). Do not plan control attacks purely on vegetation differences (green may be okay, if there is any). Simplify contour structures and look for them early (eyes up).
When you are slogging up a hill or through thick vegetation and feeling like you are going too slow, just remember that your competition also must feel exactly the same way. When reduced to a walk on a steep hill, go straight up the fall line as much as possible. More time is lost trying to go really fast on a short leg than gained. "easy" legs are no time to stop concentrating.
I hope these reminders will help everyone have their best-possible performance at the Canadian Championships. And remember the most important thing of all - is to have fun.