Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My training tree


I made a little "toy" of my training log in 2012.  The idea was to take my entire log and use the information to be able to predict how I trained given two bits of information - the day of the week and the activity.  Here's how it works:

  1. The top of the tree begins with the day of the week.  Today is Tuesday, so the top of the tree means that I branch off to the left (if today was Saturday or Sunday, I'd branch off to the right).
  2. The top left branch gives activities.  I rode my bike, so that's "cycling" which means I branch off to the left.  
  3. The left branch gives a number - 46.97.  That's the estimate of the minutes that I trained.  

And that is, in fact, almost exactly right.  My training for today was 45 minutes of biking on my way to and from work.

Here's another example:

  1. Let's say I want to predict my training for Saturday.  From the top of the tree, I go to the right branch.
  2. I'm going to go orienteering.  So the activity is orienteering and I go to the left branch.
  3. The left branch gives a prediction that I will orienteer for 54.75 minutes.

One last example:

  1. Let's say that in addition to my bike riding to work, I am going to go for a run today.  Since it is Tuesday, I begin at the top of the tree and take the left branch.
  2. The left branch is activities and my activity is running.  That means I move down to the right branch.
  3. That branch asks me for the day of the week.  Since it is Tuesday, I move down and to the left.
  4. The left branch gives a prediction that I will run for 27.39 minutes.

I think it is an interesting way of looking back at a year of training.

I should play around with the data a bit more.  I think it might be good to look at the season (probably the month of the year) as well as the activity and day of the week.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 7:06 PM


Great blog, and cool idea! It's always useful to have a visual representation of your previous training.
I don't suppose you would be interested in sharing this on Glipho? We are a new social blogging site with an active community of creative bloggers, many of whom write about fitness training themselves- I bet they would love to read and discuss your work here! If you have a second, come take a look over at http://glipho.com and see what you think. You can import old posts over from this existing blog too quite easily, so it's not much work!

Thanks for your time, and keep up the brilliant blog!

All the best,

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