Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, February 09, 2008

More tests with QuickRoute


Check out the QuickRoute view of a bit of today's training at Shawnee Mission Park.

From the start triangle, I ran at an "honest effort" to 14, 13, 12, 11 and 10. The colors on the route indicate my speed. The colors show:

Yellow = fastest (I set it at sub 5 min/km)
Orange = not quite as fast
Red = fast
Blue = slow
Black = slowest (I set it at over 8 min/km)

Basically, you see that I slow down going up hill. In some places, I slow down for no obvious reason (some of the flat terrain about half way between 14 and 13). Some of those slow spots are from the forest getting a bit thick. You'll also see that I slowed down a lot going down the steep hill just before I reached the 10th control. That was because the hillside was a bit rocky...and because I'm a lousy downhill runner.

I've used QuickRoute a few times. The best feature seems to be how simple it is to use (i.e. adjusting the GPS track to fit the O' map, and adjusting the color scale).

Anders Tilnes has been using QuickRoute and posting some maps on his page (see January 6 and February 9). Tiltnes' GPS also has a heart rate monitor. QuickRoutes can also be set to show heart rate using a color scale.

The technical details

I ran with a Garmin Forerunner 201. I downloaded the data to Garmin's Training Center software and exported the route as a tcx file. I then combined a jpeg of the O' map and the tcs file using QuickRoute.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 6:18 PM


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