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In the 1 days ending Oct 7, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking1 58:37 14.4(4:04) 23.17(2:32) 449
  yoga1 1
  Total1 58:38 14.4 23.17 449

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Tuesday Oct 7, 2008 #

yoga 1 [3]

The regular instructor was back in town. Surprisingly strenuous. Plus my balance is abysmal. But still good to go.

Monday 4/6 (yglc), including jointly installing a new light fixture in the bathroom without any disasters (either relationship or electrical).

biking 49:46 [3] 13.6 mi (3:40 / mi)

Whately - South Deerfield loop, not as relaxed (i.e. slow) as Saturday, but still not pushing it. Sore places felt reasonably OK, quite encouraging. Perfect day, sunny, low 60s.

biking 8:51 [3] 0.8 mi (11:04 / mi) +449ft 7:13 / mi

And a side trip just before the end up to the top of South Sugarloaf to check on the progress of the movie set. Was in my very lowest gear and breathing pretty hard by the last part, and it was only just over a 10% grade. Much more and I wouldn't have made it.

A little quicker than running up, 9:19 last week with Dave.

As far as the movie set, well it looks pretty strange....

The little wooden structure that's usually there is sort of visible on the left, with the new stuff added wrapping around it and way out to the right. I chatted up an electrician, all the stuff above is to be used for lighting. Strange. It's supposed to be a mountain top retreat and a missile silo in the movie. Mel is still hanging out in Northampton. They don't move up here until Thursday.

The electrician is in a movie union, gets $32 an hour base pay plus hotel room and food (he's from eastern Mass.), seemed quite happy. I passed on trying to interest him in orienteering....

Nice view from up there. This is looking south, Connecticut River, southern part of Sunderland on the left, Holyoke Range (and O' map of Mt. Norwottuck) in the distance....


Valerie posted the new USOF rankings and I went and had a look and I saw I'd run 17 Green courses in the last 12 months, and then I thought I'd look a little closer to remember which those were, and it was pretty easy because Valerie has all the info right there. And I found the following events, and my ranking points for each one:

US Champs, Quatico, sprint -- 93.28
US Champs, Quatico 1 -- 113.51
US Champs, Quatico 2 -- 100.73
Flying Pig, middle -- 85.11
Flying Pig, sprint 1 -- 76.45
Flying Pig, sprint 2 -- 77.95
Flying Pig, long -- 95.29
ROC, middle -- 91.60
West Point, middle -- 105.53
West Point, sprint -- 89.83
West Point, classic -- 98.96
US Champs, Laramie, 1 -- 98.00
US Champs, Laramie, 2 -- 91.20
NAOC Sprint 1 -- 76.83
NAOC Sprint 2 -- 73.39
NAOC Middle -- 103.63
NAOC Long -- 104.40

Now, I would venture to say that I am one of the more consistent orienteers around. Maybe the difference between a real good day and a real bad day is about 10%. But my ranking for individual events range from 73 to 113. WTF, you might say (or certainly I would say it). But the rankings are not a measure of how well you did in an absolute sense, but how well you did in a relative sense, relative to everyone else on the course. If you do rather poorly, but everyone does terribly, then you get avery good ranking.

The other factor at play is the course difficulty. And here there is a clear pattern. The simpler the orienteering, the worse my ranking, because lots of other folks do well. See, for example, all the sprints. And for the longer events, those held in easier terrain.

If I cared, or if it mattered, I'd be well advised to notify Valerie before every sprint, and maybe before every trip to the Mid-West or West, and tell her to not include my result in the rankings. But I don't care (well, maybe just a little) and it doesn't matter (well, maybe just a little, the ego and all that...).

But if I was running in M21 and running in the Team Trials and wanting to make the WOC team, then I would be very well advised to do exactly that because one of the four things used for scoring is your ranking.

I wonder if anyone is doing this. Or maybe just avoiding events where they suspect they may get a bad ranking.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, sort of....

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