Cycling30:45 9.83 km (3:08 / km) +65m3:02 / km ahr:97 max:132
Running intervals 1:09:57 12.12 km (5:46 / km) +146m5:27 / km ahr:139 max:173
6 x 3mins
My first speed session since Easter. I was near the front of the group, but it was hard work. I slowed a little on the last 2 reps, but I was able to get through all 6. I was perhaps 20-30m short of my usual distance over 3mins. I hope to be able to make it back up after a few more speed sessions.
There appears to be a defect with the SportIdent units used today.
I punched control 9 (79) at 14:09:36 precisely, which was confirmed with beeps and red flashing lights on the unit. You can see this clearly on my GPS track.
I was surprised to find that this punch was not recorded on my stick upon download at the finish. I remember clearly punching the correct control. As the Bendigo units turn off automatically after 5 minutes it did take a while to register. In fact, I may have even pulled the stick out fractionally before it beeped and flashed. For a moment I thought of putting it back in, but as the unit had beeped and flashed correctly there was no need.
I would be very interested to see if my punch was recorded on the unit.
I understand that it is the competitor's responsibility to leave the stick in for long enough, but when you get both signals (flashes and beeps) from the unit that it has been recorded, then the fault must be directed back to the SportIdent system.
I have heard of this happening to others before, but now I know for a fact that it is a SportIdent issue.
I think that this needs to be brought to the attention of the OA Technical Committee so that the OA rules can be adapted to check control units. Previously I thought that this was not necessary, but now I am convinced that the error is with SportIdent and not the competitor.