I don't recall exactly where I read it, but I seem to recall an interview with Tero about when he was good, but before he became great that his tactics were similar - ie run fast and figure it out. Working on the technical side to rely more on where you are 'going to be' rather than 'where you are' or 'where you were' may be what is needed to take you to the next level >>> making A finals every time out :-)
Weren't you listening at those Jr. Training camps, SHeesh!
Ross, I think your style of O is similar to Tero as your 'reckless running' approach suits this style. I wouldn't call it 'figure it out when you are there' but rather 'aim for that feature that will tell me that I am now here' (but not necessarily know where you are in between). Tero's presentation was video taped. It will be worth watching over and over again.
I must not have been listening too well in the training camps because I don't recall the project ahead 30 seconds approach :) I think I was easily distracted from the business of learning how to orienteer by the presence of fun people.
The real benefit, to me, that map simplification provides isn't that the problem becomes easier to solve but that i run harder when I'm not trying to do anything else ( like read the map).
Now, after reading that article I'm curious if I can even create a visibility map accurately. Certainly just another awesome orienteering skill that I covet and may never possess.