The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Tuesday 2 March 2010

February In Graphics

February came and February went, and suddenly March is upon us. Suddenly under 3 weeks remain until we set out on our Walk. Suddenly time is running out to put in any more training. February did see us take a few strolls though, and below is a representation of how the month looked from a statistical point of view.

The miles weren’t as high as in January (and I don’t think I can blame that entirely on February being a short month):

image But, the miles were of a better quality, with more (albeit still not a lot of) ascent:


Compared with the miles of previous years the graph’s looking the way I wanted it:


Compared with ascent in February in previous years we can clearly see that the bar has always been set low:



  1. Quite splendid Statistics, Ma'am! We can rely on you.

    Can you sort mine out too? (Trouble is I didn't record height climbed... Doh!)

    But I do know how far each pair of boots have been...

  2. You may notice that my ascent statistics are also somewhat lacking prior to 2008..

    And now that I look it seems that I completely failed to record any footwear statistics for 2007.

    I can tell you what the weather has been like for every walk for the last 5 years, though...

    Problem is that the more information I record, the more complicated these spreadsheets and graphs get!

  3. As an excel and numbers nerd, may I suggest two further performance indicators - Miles per day (takes care of the length of the month) and ascent per mile. These can be easily produced with collecting any more data.
    You could do a four-week rolling cumulative miles and ascent as well. If you had the time...

    helumo - an african president.