January 16th, 2012

Carrot-dangling gamification nonsense

I think we've decided that we're doing Toronto in May. Training season is on!

I missed a planned run last Thursday, because it was snowing and windy (and because Chris chrisamaphone was visiting, and some things are more important than working out), but I redeemed myself yesterday by running a bit over nine miles, my first really long run of the season and probably the longest run I've done since the race last March. It's nice to know, now, that there's a sidewalk or otherwise paved surface along every inch of that route; I wasn't sure of that when I started out on it. Also, the B-Line Trail has been under construction since around the time I came to Bloomington, and although I've been running on it for a while, it's only been recently that a few big chunks have been completed. This was the first time I'd run the whole length of the finished trail. It was great!

Prompted by Alex oniugnip and by Chris, at the beginning of the year I started using Fitocracy to record my workouts. (It's invite-only; let me know if you'd like one.) So far, I have mixed feelings about Fitocracy. For a while, I was all hmph-social-networks-goddamn-kids-these-days and hmph-I-don't-need-your-carrot-dangling-gamification-nonsense-to-make-me-work-out-I-like-working-out-for-its-own-sake-dammit, but at this point I'll freely admit that the carrot-dangling gamification nonsense actually fucking works and is is fun. Kudos to them. On the downside, I've stubbed my toe on the UI a bunch of times, and I'm annoyed that there's no good way to get all my painstakingly recorded data out -- not that I can think of any particular reason why I'd need it.

For my 200-character-limit Fitocracy profile, I wrote, "Working on my seventh marathon and on my first Ph.D." Seventh! That's ridiculous.