Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, March 04, 2004

A hilly run


The graph shows the climb on tonight's run. I ran for about an hour at Parkville Nature Sanctuary. I made an effort to get plenty of climb. The total for the session was 1000 feet (a bit over 300 meters).

The curve seems quite accurate. I can match the curve with my memories of the trail. The altitude feature records in 5 foot increments.

The base level altitude is shown at 1450 feet. That's wrong. PNS is something like 800 feet above sea level. But, I set the base level a few days ago and a storm moved in yesterday. I guess the decrease in air pressure tricked the watch in to thinking it was higher.

I had to buy an infared adapter to download the data from the watch to the PC. The adapter ran about $45 with shipping (more than I paid for the heart rate monitor!).

I think using the altitude feature will get me to run more hills. I'm not a strong hill runner (up or down). Part of the reason I'm not strong on hills is I don't run them enough.* If I start watching my climb on every run, I'll probably start running more hills. That'll help.

* Being heavy doesn't help either.

posted by Michael | 8:09 PM


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