|Out on a training ride with a King Country trail map, I spotted some cool mushrooms!|
Mountain biking well is about finding the flow. You have to tune out your brain chatter to listen to how the trail wants to be ridden. Listen well and you will flow across the trail like water. If your mind is noisy, every rock and root will jump out of the ground to ruin your momentum.
Foot orienteering is also about flow, but instead of listening to the trail, you listen to the map. Each control reveals more about the pace of the scale, the particular language of the mapmaker and the story the course setter is trying to tell. Fall off the rhythm, and you'll soon find yourself relocating on the map instead of locating the control.
This is why I love both mountain biking and orienteering- performing well requires total immersion in the task.
Mountain biking and orienteering at the same time, however.. this is going to require a LOT of flow.