Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Winsplits Pro - first look


Mary bought Winsplits Pro a couple of days ago and I've spent a few minutes playing with it.

Winsplits Pro is a way to look at splits databases. Basically, it gives you a collection of views of the data. I'm sure there are some interesting ways to use the data to learn, but I've just poked around to see what I could find.

I spent some time looking at my results from the second day of the U.S. Champs and learned, for example:

Eugene Mlyncyzk beat me by 11 seconds overall and beat me on 11 of the 17 legs; and

Both Eugene and I were "consistent" but Eugene boomed less than I did;

It is fun to poke around the software and see what shows up.

One of the interesting features is a histogram of the your performance and the ability to compare historgrams for different runners. Below I've compared Eric Weyman and Dave Linthicum. Eric beat Dave by 41 seconds, but they've got very different shapes to their performance histograms. I don't really know what to make of that, but it seems interesting.

My initial thought about the software is that it is a fun (and probably useful) way of looking at splits and results...but it isn't as fun as just looking at a map.

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posted by Michael | 8:10 PM


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