Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Route choice results


Here are my times for the routes:

C 3:51
B 4:06
A 4:58
D 5:59

A few comments:

I tallied up everyone's guesses and the crowd (i.e. all of the voters taken together) got it nearly right. Overall, the crowd voted B, C, A, and D. But based on my tests, C is a bit quicker than B.

I'm fairly sure I ran C and B at comparable efforts (the avg. h.r. was a little higher on the B route).

Hammer and Kreso look to have guessed the times closest.

A lot of people picked B as the fastest. I think that is because it avoids a couple of lines of climb. But, the contour interval is just 3 meters and I suspect people are overestimating the value of avoiding the climb.

I wonder if I ran the first half of the D route too slowly. D is clearly the worse route (the distance from the start to where I left the paved road is about the same as the entire distance on the straight line). But, was it really that much slower? Maybe it was, or maybe I loafed a bit in the beginning.

I was glad to see so many people put in thier guesses, it made the training more interesting for me.

posted by Michael | 7:59 PM


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