Athlete Profile

Brenden Doogan

Team Canada Program Athlete 2022

About

  • Born: 2004
  • Hometown: Burlington
  • Currently Living: Burlington
  • Orienteers for: DontGetLost (DGL)
  • Occupation: Sports retail employee
  • Training Log: Attackpoint

Q&A

Q: How did you first get involved in orienteering?
A: I got involved by seeing a flyer for DontGetLost in a charity race that my family participates in every year.

Q: If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be?
A: Making mistakes is natural and necessary to develop orienteering skills. This is something near universal for all participants in the sport. As such, if you're having a bad day, remember that failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Q: What would a typical week of training look like for you?
A: My favorite parts of the year is when orienteering is most active. On weeks like these during the fall and spring, I typically run 2 courses per week and attempt to do three other running exercises outside of that. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday I would complete a running exercise of some kind, be it sprint intervals, endurance intervals, or something similar. On Wednesdays, I would participate in a orienteering program that is offered to younger children and teenagers. Fridays I would either rest or do a light exercise prepare for the weekend. On the weekend, I would typically run an informal race that my club would host.

Q: How do you normally prepare for an important race?
A: I would prepare by finding out where it is and attempting to find it on Google Street View. This helps prepare mentally where the race will be and what the terrain looks like. If it's not on street view, I would try to find conservation maps, or maps or photos in the region. Past that, I would loot at route choice exercises to practice and prepare your mind for navigation.

Q: What is your big life orienteering goal?
A: Currently, my goal is to participate in the Junior World Orienteering Championships.

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