a question/poll for distance athletes

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  1. a mile, yes because it usually takes me a mile to stop hating it :) when everything seems easier and i'm running looser and not wanting to stop anymore, it's usually at the mile point.
    i'm not really a distance athlete, so i couldn't tell you beyond that. i've run way over my cap-point though along parkfronts before - i think bc the scenery is repetitive and my mind "forgets" how far i've gone.

  2. I'm the same with the mile-point.
    beyond that, I can only tell when I've reached a point farther than my usual 3-4 miles because I can feel it in my legs, but I can't tell how much farther unless I go home and map it out.

  3. bout phelps... counting strokes is a "usual monitor" for swimmers. most, especially at upper levels, have a solid idea of strokes per distance. plus, even with your goggles full you can close your eyes for chunks of time and then open to glance quickly at where you are. it's annoying... but not the end of the world either :P
    for me, no, without some sort of monitor i have no idea how long i've gone. i can usually gauge about how fast i'm going though (swimming, not running- i dont have the experience for that).
    but actual distance... that just gets lost since i space out a lot.

  4. i'm the same I could tell you if I was running faster or slower than my typical pace, but I don't know how accurate I'd be at telling you just how far I'd gone if you plopped me down in the middle of an unknown location.

  5. Hm. That's an interesting question.
    When I swim, it's easy to just count laps.
    When I bike, I can usually make a decent guesstimate on how far I've biked afterwards, based on what I know about my neighborhood and previous rides, but I never know for sure unless I map it out ahead of time (or map it out afterwards).
    When I run, well, lately I only run on the treadmill because it's too hot to run outside. So it's pretty clear how far I'm running, because I'm setting the pace. :)

  6. I have to have a monitor Most coaches would tell you that, too. You know you're "into it" when the whole process is just so flipping much fun that you totally forget about how far you've gone or how long you've been doing it.
    I remember my first day downhill skiing - the lifts closed before I really felt I'd started getting good. I never took a lunch break, just stopped off at the cantina a few times to refill my water bottle.
    When I run it's not like that at all...my course is usually mapped out and I know the approximate mile markers.
    Now, if I'm on a treadmill, watching the same wall all the time, I am in real trouble- I never have gone as far as I'd hoped, it's so bloody boring.

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