Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stoker Hill and bonus invisible hill!

You know, the Garmin is a pretty cool tool. Sometimes, though, I have NO idea what it's thinking.

There is a hill in the neighborhood that I've been wanting to run. (I know - that sounds weird, even to type.) So, since I've been bored lately by my standard routes, I headed off this morning to run it. It's just under a mile and a half from my house to the bottom of the hill, the hill itself is about half a mile long, and just under a mile back home, for a total of just under three miles - about what I wanted to do this morning. And it went pretty well - the hill wasn't as hard as I'd expected, and I seemed to hold my pace pretty well throughout.


So I was a bit surprised when I got home and downloaded this from Lumpy:



I had trouble picking out which hill was the one on Stoker. That first one that looks so impressive actually took place on a COMPLETELY flat section of 4th Street, from Keystone to Stoker. And the continuation of the elevation rise after the Stoker hill? Not so much - just a gentle slope going up 7th Street.

So, yeah, weirdness. Gonna have to do this run again sometime to see if the elevation profile matches up.

Trail half marathon tomorrow - going to take it easy, run with my friend Amber, and take some pictures. Should be a beautiful day for it.

5 comments:

slowrunner77 said...

i know each model is different, but stuff like that is part of the reason i don't fully trust GPS devices when measuring courses. They don't always get the elevation right (as shown)...which can also make the total distance inaccurate if you're talking about a lot of hills...and i've yet to see one that measured long, only short. Good job on the phantom hills, though. They will have you more than prepared for tomorrow. Good luck and have fun!

SnowLeopard said...

Ready for tomorrow? I'm getting butterflies just thinking about it! Good. I think I'll need the extra adrenaline that those big hills will require...

Marcy said...

LMAO! I know it. Sometimes Garmin is whacky.

Peter Lubbers said...

That's weird!
Did you uploads the track to Motionbased or any other online service to see what they thought about it?

Turi said...

Well, it goes to Garmin Connect, but it looks like the same data to me...
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/1113672