Things are looking up for a return to regular training on the trails soon -- where has the time gone? I had hoped to step up my training this New Year, but that went by the wayside before I had a chance to start. I didn't even realize I had missed HUFF & the New Year's Day 10 Miler until a week after they were run!
It's looking like I will be able to participate in the Mountain Mist 50k this coming Saturday, although I'm not at all in the condition I had hoped to be. In the past few stressful weeks, I found that eating chocolate helps soothe my nerves -- unfortunately I also found out that my body converts 1 pound of chocolate into 5 pounds of fat!! I've gained back over half the weight from my diet of last summer!
I'm still playing with my Garmin 405. It's a bit disappointing on the accuracy I'm getting, especially the elevation readings (+/- 200 feet). Horizontal accuracy is about 20 to 30 feet at any given point. Maybe it's because I only use it in hilly terrain in wooded areas. Readings can really be erratic down in deep valleys or next to a steep hillside.
The week after the Otter Creek Marathon, I went & took some readings on the course. The 2007 course measured 26.72 miles, in 2008 with all the changes the course measured 25.96 miles with several hundred feet of elevation removed. Based on wheeled measurements I've taken on the Louisville's Lovin' the Hills course, my GPS measurements are generally 3-5% less than the wheeled length.