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Discussion: Ultras always lie about distance

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2017-12-09

Dec 11, 2017 4:13 AM # 
They play fast and loose with metric conversions too. Just another way they like to mess with you. It's a big mental switch from orienteering where participants expect detailed, accurate info on distance, climb, estimated winning time, water controls, how high a boulder is going to be, etc.
Dec 12, 2017 9:03 AM # 
Haha. I think there's also the fact that it can be tricky to accurately measure a trail course. I'm guessing that the course description with km values is probably from a gps watch whereas the elevation chart is probably from a map tool, and it's not so hard to imagine that they are different by a couple of km over 30. That said, I want to be mentally prepared to have to run 4 more km when my watch hits 30 and the finish is nowhere in sight. :-)
Dec 12, 2017 1:36 PM # 
All true. Last year I ran a “50K” race that runners measured as 54-55K. That one was a surprise but organizers often tell you in advance about extra distance in an “oh, by the way, no big deal” kind of way. They keep calling it a 50K though, which makes it harder to impress your friends with your time. ;)
Dec 12, 2017 7:45 PM # 
Does "Boston people" mean you'll be here and want a running buddy? If so, yes.
Dec 12, 2017 8:49 PM # 
Oh, cool! I will be in Sudbury for a good chunk of 20th-2nd. I imagine you are likely to be off skiing somewhere that has snow for most of that time but if you’re around I’d love company for a long outing. Seems like an Ari kind of thing, too, but not sure he reads my log. I’ll poke.
Dec 12, 2017 10:06 PM # 
oh, yeah, that timing is actually terrible, as I'll be gone for the entirety of it. Sorry!!
Dec 13, 2017 3:52 AM # 
Consider me a possibility though you may get better offers. I should be able to handle 25 km on trails.

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