Urban Plotting exercise. On Sunday I decided to lay a track for Ben. There were so many options and I wanted something different. Along the way I thought about all of the ways I could make this track different – not better or worse (I hope).
Urban mysteries – why do some tracks just fail? Are there such things as traps, dead zones, flow, black holes? To get the best outcome, plot the best you can, and learn to cope with the rest. Scent moves in urban environments. We may not always understand it.
Plotting 3 ways in the same area. Learn by observation. Plot some bad tracks and run them. Learn how to handle your way out of it. See what your dog can do.
Exercise: What I was thinking when I laid this for Ben; at key intersections, what could have been different.
Things to think about –
Start / Turn locations and number of turns / Length of legs / Article placement and type/ Transitions / Bait / Terrain and buildings / Obstacles / Areas to avoid / Linear or double back / Ratio of veg to non veg / End / Total length / Walkout / Age / and when running it – wind if any and weather conditions.
Here is the map, from my TomTom Runner’s watch. Start is at the right (green dot) and it is linear.
Google Earth image. 650 m / 200 is non veg
START – my track is in blue
Other colours are options and possibilities
Looking back – the start is at the top (photo taken from the road)
Turn One and options – blue track is the one I did (the little bridge)
Location of the track and optional leg to article one – metal
Crossing the road – options
Blue track and view of soccer field options
Notice the ‘meander’ here in the blue line
How did Ben do? – Start to article one – metal
View of options from the soccer field – blue is the track I did. I’ve done all of these going both ways. They all have pros and cons.
Article two is half way along the fence – wood
Tennis court area options – go around either way or turn away from it and cross to the parking lots
Note – there is a children’s playground and bike path at the upper end (yellow line) but lots of green space to pass by
How did Ben do? – Article one to article two – wood
In front of or behind the blue building?
A look at the front of the daycare building (little white portable)
Article 3 sock is just past the chain link and gap between buildings
The path I did today and article 3 – sock
Where did I walk? On the sidewalk? On the grass?
How did Ben do? – Article two wood, to article 3 sock
Towards the non-veg turn
Daycare to the left
Gravel lot to the right mostly enclosed – one small opening to the bike path
Article 4 was leather but it was only at 500 m roughly
How did Ben do? – from the sock to the end of the non – veg turn
Crossing the road – options – another look at the front of the daycare building
To the end – wow what to do? I am 100 m short (at least)
This is what I did
How did Ben do? – from the NV turn article to the end
The end and walkout
The walkout – is this ok? Blue line shows the track which is all across the road after the red X
Maps – original and alternates. All non veg is roughly 200 – 230 m (between 1/3 and 1/2)
What do you like and why? Article placement?
Original – 650 m 7 turns veg end
UTDX 2 605 m 6 turns – if there were soccer players on the field?…..
UTDX 3 625 m 6 turns – altered start from above map
UTDX 4 640 m 7 turns
UTDX 5 630 m 7 turns – different non veg turn
UTDX 6 – 610 m 6 turns – changes to turn one and below bleachers
UTDX 7 615 m 7 turns – above bleachers and back towards road
UTDX 8 605 m 5 turns – is this easier?
Find the errors and what makes these BAD tracks!
They look similar to the tracks above, but……
UTDX 9 620 m 6 turns
UTDX 10 640 8 turns