Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Handicap Theory - Addendum

Ok. I've been thinking about the handicap method and I'm ready to put forth a possible simple handicap formula, although a coffee colleague this morning proposed that i follow the type of system golfers have (see original theory below) and analyse marathon courses and times and who is the average and then the average is par - 0 - and so on. Well - there's way too much work there - so forthwith here we go!

The Handicap works on a scale of 10 where 10 is the best runner and 1 the worst (sorry!) runner. There are three parameters to the formula:
  1. % of Elapsed Days that you run - ergo - days run รท days elapsed = % and the higher the % or the more days per week you run therefore the higher your handicap
  2. Miles Per Day that you run - the more you run the higher your handicap!
  3. Speed per Mile - the faster you are the higher your handicap!

Now the next thing we need to do is weight these things together. so here's my view in the chart to the left.

I don't have the time to finish - but i will be soon.

Oh - i end up with a 7.9

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