So, I went to sleep after my bedtime last night. Once I’d assigned “place in wave” numbers to about half the field (a bit more arduous in Excel than it should be, but not arduous enough to merit figuring out how to write a script) without having fully sorted the data, I realized it was time for bed. In any case, numbers are coming and should be posted soon and, well, a lot of the charts will look pretty similar to last year. Why? Because when 8000+ people ski a race, there’s only so much variability in the data. In other words, the fourth wave in 2012 looks like the fourth wave in 2011. Which is a good thing.
In any case, I want to look at some new things this year. So I’ll ask: what statistics do you want to see? A couple ideas include:
- Start position (measured by time to the timing wire) vs finish position: how well do they correlate by wave?
- Can we measure the overall field fitness in a low-snow year?
- Did the different weather dramatically change any finish times?