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Showing Physical Improvement Through Beaver Creek Obstacle Course
Posted on November 21, 2012 by Noah Plewa
One of the many ways of getting physical exercise available to us as Wildlands students is the obstacle course behind the Observatory. This course consists of a balance beam, rope swing, climbing wall, hurdles, wire walk and rope grid among others. The course can take anywhere around 1 to 2 minutes to run.
Simply running the course every week or two is an adequate way of getting exercise but Gabe, Evan, and I wanted to use it as more.
First we needed a goal. Ours is to increase our time from start to finish by 15 seconds over the next 3 months. The second objective we had was to fabricate a plan for when we would run the course and what measurements we'll take to show progress. Our plan is to run the course twice a day, every day and record our times. After we run the course once, we'll go right back to the beginning and run it again while we're still tired from the first run. During both laps heart rate monitors will record our BPM (beats per minute) and other stats which, along with the lap times will give us a larger amount of data for analysis.
After preliminary test we found we had an average time of between 1 minute 10 seconds and 1 minute 30 seconds. As we continue to run the course daily we project that between learning in which areas we can cut time and improving physically, our time should decrease at least by a few seconds fairly quickly.
When we conclude this project, our graphs will show us whether our heart rates fluctuate between laps, dropped as our bodies got acclimated to the course or even raised. The overall goal of this project is to get fitter and show progress. Hopefully we can finish this project before winter with proof of both.
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