7th Course: Bleacher Climb at Buena
*1000 Feet is an estimate based on a range of 40 - 50 bleacher climbs that MapMyRun did not recognize. Figuring each climb to be between 15 - 25 feet, in addition to the rest of the course, this 1000 ft estimate should be darn close to accurate.
|I stuck nearby Buena all course while Ayden was at track practice|
|From Low Point to High Point of CourseMap Options|
A closer look of the bleacher runs
I wasn't actually allowed on the track itself so I ran up and down the bleachers and then on the outside of the track to the other side to repeat the course. Then on a couple of occasions I took off beyond the track area to explore the off course trail prospects to consider this adventure a, Trail Run!
8th Course: Walk Home from Track Practice
Mile 0.52 - 0.72: 413ft - 489ft = 76 feet
Mile 2.08 - 3.58: 244ft - 420ft = 176 feet
Mile 3.66 - End: 408ft - 694ft = 286 feet
I took these stats straight from the elevation chart. These three sum totals add up to 538 feet; so how in the world is it calculating at 447 feet? Even if you take the high of 694 and minus the low of 244, you will get 450, which is more than the Gain.
Being that I am a stat guy, this information pisses me off! Now that I am a week into my courses, I'm gonna have to go back and edit my adventure summaries and modify future trips. I'm wondering how much the mileage is off by? In regards to the bleacher run, I figure that the short distance of the steps could not be seen by the gps well, thus I forgive the App for this failure. However, today's straight forward adventure, no excuse. The elevation is off by at least 20%, and that does not count a few feet here and there. I WILL NOT break down every climb this way, but I will go through some of the next couple of weeks and if I do find an approximate range; I will apply the correction accordingly - so I can sleep at night because you know, this competition is intense and 100 feet mean a lot to me; LOL!
|The New Homes|
|I brought Sammi and Ziggy|
|A glance over the fence...|
After reaching Buena, right on time, Ayden was not too happy that I came to pick him up on foot to walk him back home. However, I paused the route at Burger King and awarded him with two hotdogs, one for me and each dog received a burger patty. As we got closer to home, Ziggy was not feeling the hike so I had to carry the little white fluff for quite a distance.
One thing I learned on this hike, about Ziggy, is the reason why he only poops on cement, not on grass. As he was walking over a nice fresh field of grass, a dumphaven depository for Sammi, Zig-Zag's face indicated that he had to go but he continued to walk to just off grass where then on the cement driveway, he unloaded. At that point, it made sense. Little dude is so tiny that when he squats to take a dump, the grass bristles go up his ass. I used to consider Ziggy a pig for shitting on my back patio but now I realize that he doesn't want the feces to brush on his butt furs because he does not have enough clearance to make a large drop!
9th Course: Arroyo Bridge & Beyond
*Elevation on this one was off by over 40%! I knew my legs felt like more than what credit it gave me. Again, disappointing in technology. The stats are right there - thus you would think that the programmer could easily create a formula to figure the actual gain precisely. For this one, I completely just estimated in my head as a ran the dot along the elevation line. I could export the data to Excel, which the App allows you to do, but who wants to spend that kind of time on it?
|The Bridge - reached at 0.98 miles|
|Looking over the Bridge and Trails|
|Approaching Radio Towers - Not Today|
Instead, we turned back and climbed all the way back up! According to the elevation, the low point was at 576 feet and 0.24 miles later I was at 808 feet. This is a gain of 232 feet which works out to a 1200 ft/mile climb. That by itself is a gnarly incline, but to do this in these conditions, which at times I was on all fours, it felt like triple that number. And, I am sure at times in fact it was as there were some relief points which leveled the step and hear beat, but just for a gasping moment. Never Again!