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A Dance with Monkeys
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
Now that was a bath...
Eric, it would be great if you had a calculator under tools for average grade (i.e., rise over run) and had on course maps the maximal grades for ascents and descents.
When you're on your deathbed, you won't be wishing that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will be wishing that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, then you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
Does anyone know what this means on the RA map elevation profile:
Elevation: +699 ft / -651 ft / net 49 ft
I think the "net 49" is the start to finish elevation change. What about the others?
I'm going to preemptively say that Trent will soon tell us what a "tough" course looks like...
+ means the number of vertical feet of uphill/ascending. - is the number of downhill/descending feet. You are correct about the net. Also note that the net is the difference between the amount of uphill and downhill feet (given a little bit of rounding/measurement error).
On a true loop or out-and-back course where the start and finish are in the same location, the net will always be zero.
The + is the total feet you have climbed during a run. The - is the total number of feet you have dropped during the run.
All of the calculations on RA are based on elevation sampling at 0.10 mile intervals, so it misses a lot of small rolling hills and tends to underestimate the total + and - during a climb, but the net should be correct. I understand that RA will soon have more detailed elevation sample, which should increase the accuracy of the + and -.
A toughness scale is interesting, to be sure. It would incorporate a number of factors, including number of hills, degree of grade, total + and total -, the surface and possibly the absolute elevation and local climate. Is a marathon with +3000/-3000 feet equally tough whether it is all on one slow climb or a bunch of small rolling hills with equal grade?
Btw, I tried to find the flying monkey in your courses, but didn't see it. Has anyone entered it?
Thanks. Yikes, +2221 feet!!!
Btw, I love that photo you posted above.
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