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How to use an event watch

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  • How to use an event watch

    I finally got an event watch for Christmas- and am scared to use it! I ride at Novice level, and have never worried about the time, concentrating on jumping around correctly, actually! I have had time faults before and was shocked. Now I want to refine my ride, so to speak. If I start it going out of the start box and it goes off every minute, what is a good starting way to use this? Check the half way point walking the course? Any advice appreciated!

  • #2
    If you do it on minutes you will want to wheel (or use a GPS) your course in (insert your Meters of MPM here, say 350 MPM as an example). Every 350M make a note of landmarks that you can easily use as a benchmark. At the end of your course be sure your distance measured & the organizers is similar. Ride to your minute markers, remembering you will frequently be down on the clock on your first minute. If you are way ahead at essentially half way you are going too fast, ditto if you are way behind for slow. You can also practice pace at home & use the shows to confirm your feel.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks- I have a slow wheel- but it will work.


      • Original Poster

        Actually, the notes on the course say "N-2000 m @ 400 mpm". So I need to take the meter wheel and at 400 meters- look for landmarks, right? My watch beeps every minute- there is no other option. Half way would be 1000 meters, so 2.5 minutes should be the half way point. Am I on the right track here? They usually have a sign at the half way point on the course.


        • #5
          Originally posted by RSEventer View Post
          Actually, the notes on the course say "N-2000 m @ 400 mpm". So I need to take the meter wheel and at 400 meters- look for landmarks, right? My watch beeps every minute- there is no other option. Half way would be 1000 meters, so 2.5 minutes should be the half way point. Am I on the right track here? They usually have a sign at the half way point on the course.
          Right on the 400 M. Just figure roughly where you want to be on your minute markers--if at your 3 minute marker you are at 2:20 you need to balance it up a bit as you're gaining
          ore than 10 secs/min. If you're at 3:30 you are going about 10 secs/min too slow.

          It's really pretty simple and with practice it becomes easy.


          • #6
            Definitely expect to take a few rides to get the hang of how to integrate it into your whole ride mentality on course. I found, for example, that I can hear it beeping without really listening for it....except for one time when it must have beeped at a minute right when we were going through the water, very noisy...I thought I was a minute down at the end and instead was a minute up (generally we were slow at the level, so...).

            I have found, too, over time, I can "guestimate" where the halfway mark is well enough for novice/training without wheeling.

            I also like to pick a nice open spot near the end of the course where I can check visually where I am on time -- and kick on or ease up if need be.

            Some people like to set it at OT and have it run down.

            I like setting it about 10 seconds up (I had a horse who was a bear in the start box, and trying to start the watch once the audible count from 10 was coming our way was like being on a roller coaster and threading a needle ) -- when the starter says "10" start the watch. Then your minute beeps will guide you towards OT...
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