Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Training times improve

Beating our best times down towards our goal-times

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit

We hiked the week after our 4-day Easter hike, improving our uphill time by 3 minutes - our first significant improvement in uphill moving time (we've only previously made improvements in our stationary uphill times). Tim carried a heavy pack, Kate did not and nor did I (I didn't feel that great so opted out of the pack-carrying). We also set a goal to reach by December - 45 minutes uphill with 5 minutes stationary.

The following week, Tim was away in the Flinders, leaving Kate and I to hike. It made more logistical sense in terms of driving to meet at the summit and hike down to Waterfall Gully before returning back up. Physcologically this seemed harder, but perhaps due to that and our improved fitness (?) we significantly improved our times - beating both our downhill and uphill times by 6 minutes each to 34 and 48 minutes respectively, and reducing our stationary uphill time from 14 minutes to 10 minutes. We think we hiked faster downhill because we weren't tired from the uphill, and then we hiked back uphill faster because we were already warmed up and had been hiking fast. There might be something in that.

View a map from a previous day of the same hike.

Stats: Sat 29 March
Uphill: Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit
  • Distance: 3.89km
  • Moving duration: 52m (last time 55m)
  • Stationary duration: 14m (last time 14m)
  • Moving average: 4.4km/h (last time 4.2km/h)
  • Overall average: 3.4km/h (last time 2.9km/h)
  • Max Speed: 8.9km/h
Downhill: Mt Lofty Summit to Waterfally Gully
  • Distance: 3.7km
  • Moving duration: 45m (last time 40m)
  • Stationary duration: 1m (last time 3m)
  • Overall average: 4.9km/h
  • Max Speed: 14.7km/h

Stats: Sat 5 April
Downhill: Mt Lofty Summit to Waterfally Gully
  • Distance: 3.36km
  • Moving duration: 34m
  • Stationary duration: 1m
  • Moving average: 5.9km/h
  • Overall average: 5.5km/h
Uphill: Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit
  • Distance: 3.36km
  • Moving duration: 48m
  • Stationary duration: 10m
  • Moving average: 4.6km/h
  • Overall average: 3.8km/h

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