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Establishing a speed record

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Offline VivaTerlingua

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2016, 01:18:28 PM »

The problem is, the live tracking on the cycling computer requires the phone to send data back to garmin, which is why i'd need a cell signal.  i'll do more research, but i'm almost positive that it requires data to be sent back, not just the GPS active.

Why not just use the phone solo to record the trek?  Is the live tracking necessary or just a record of your run?

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Online Robert

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2016, 03:16:37 PM »
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The problem is, the live tracking on the cycling computer requires the phone to send data back to garmin, which is why i'd need a cell signal.  i'll do more research, but i'm almost positive that it requires data to be sent back, not just the GPS active.

Yes, you need a cell signal to use live tracking as that is how the data gets sent to the Garmin website. You do not need a cell phone just to record the data (the Garmin device has a GPS) and can upload it later when you get a signal. Live tracking is pretty cool, it sends an email to designated users with a link to a map that tracks your progress real time.

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Offline AggieOO

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2016, 04:03:46 PM »

The problem is, the live tracking on the cycling computer requires the phone to send data back to garmin, which is why i'd need a cell signal.  i'll do more research, but i'm almost positive that it requires data to be sent back, not just the GPS active.

Why not just use the phone solo to record the trek?  Is the live tracking necessary or just a record of your run?

live tracking is not necessary, but someone asked about it.

as far as just using the phone to record, i could, but i prefer to have someone on my wrist that i can glance down at while running.

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Offline Buck

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2016, 07:15:15 AM »
I used to be competitive.  I ran track and cross country in high school, participated in National Forensic League debate, jockeyed for top grades in college and then climbed the corporate ladder while jockeying for an edge in Dallas traffic each day.  That ship has sailed.  When in the Bend, I rarely have a watch and seldom stay on any trail. 

It is a spiritual breaking of the chains.
"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

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Offline Talusman

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2016, 08:54:43 AM »
I used to be competitive.  I ran track and cross country in high school, participated in National Forensic League debate, jockeyed for top grades in college and then climbed the corporate ladder while jockeying for an edge in Dallas traffic each day.  That ship has sailed.  When in the Bend, I rarely have a watch and seldom stay on any trail. 

It is a spiritual breaking of the chains.

Though I see some fun with a non-stop circle of the OML, I have to say to Buck's response "Amen"
"To Think is easy. To Act is difficult. To Act as one Thinks is the most difficult!"

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Offline dprather

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2016, 03:29:56 PM »
I used to be competitive.  I ran track and cross country in high school, participated in National Forensic League debate, jockeyed for top grades in college and then climbed the corporate ladder while jockeying for an edge in Dallas traffic each day.  That ship has sailed.  When in the Bend, I rarely have a watch and seldom stay on any trail. 

It is a spiritual breaking of the chains.

Amen brother!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline AggieOO

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2016, 08:32:44 AM »
I used to be competitive.  I ran track and cross country in high school, participated in National Forensic League debate, jockeyed for top grades in college and then climbed the corporate ladder while jockeying for an edge in Dallas traffic each day.  That ship has sailed.  When in the Bend, I rarely have a watch and seldom stay on any trail. 

It is a spiritual breaking of the chains.

the good thing for me is that i enjoy the remote parts of the park, off trail, and wandering aimlessly as well.   Plenty of ways to experience Big Bend.

After the OML loop, I'll likely head off trail and poke around.  And I'll probably have my road bike with me as well to do some cycling.  One thing I love about the park is the incredible amount and types of experiences it offers.

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Offline nopainnogain

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2016, 01:10:25 PM »
Sounds pretty dangerous...running .
I got pretty close to a rattle snake  on the trail Dodson.
I waited a long time for it to slither away.
A runner would have stepped on it and get bit.

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Offline AggieOO

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2016, 01:14:06 PM »
not even remotely worried about snakes in mid-december.

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Offline jake.the.snake

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #39 on: December 09, 2016, 12:14:46 PM »
Zero interest in speed. If anything, I'd rather do it the slowest.
Haha love this! Ditto!


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Offline AggieOO

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2016, 01:07:23 PM »
Had to cancel the trip. Will give it a shot some other time.

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Offline oml

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2019, 06:44:41 PM »
I have done this (as a trail run not as a FKT attempt) and a few words of advice on anyone else attempting.

- Do it clock-wise.  We did it counter-clock wise and ran out of water with about 10 miles to go, but luckily found a cache with "free" water that saved our asses.  We had dropped water off at Dodson, but going counter-clockwise you hit that way too early.   We refilled our camelbacks and wrote "free" on the bottles.   Turned out this was good karma that we cashed in when we found the second cache at Juniper Canyon road.   If you're going to do two water drops, then the direction is irrelevant.

- Start early.  We started at 10am (big mistake) and thought we were in 8-9 hour shape, but took almost 10 hours.  Starting late meant we finished in the dark.   No fun.  Of course we had headlamps and were fine, but I would have rather finished with light.

- Really easy to go off trail at Dodson by the first water drop.  Look for the cairns and dont just blindly follow the creek bed.

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Offline Willgotnochill

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #42 on: November 09, 2019, 08:34:03 PM »
I know Zachery Teich did it in 8 hours and 51 minutes. Made a great vid about it on his YouTube channel.


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Offline roadtrip

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #43 on: November 10, 2019, 12:52:04 PM »
I used to be competitive.  I ran track and cross country in high school, participated in National Forensic League debate, jockeyed for top grades in college and then climbed the corporate ladder while jockeying for an edge in Dallas traffic each day.  That ship has sailed.  When in the Bend, I rarely have a watch and seldom stay on any trail. 

It is a spiritual breaking of the chains.
I love that.
Those chains are hard to break but they need to be broken.

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Offline Al

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Re: Establishing a speed record
« Reply #44 on: November 10, 2019, 03:53:06 PM »
Zero interest in speed. If anything, I'd rather do it the slowest.
Haha love this! Ditto!


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Ditto 2.  That's never been what my Big Bend trips are about.

 


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