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Finding the Right Hill | Boddicker Performance

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Finding the Right Hill

by on Sep 14th, 2009

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I’ve picked up some good feedback from my post on Thursday about hill training, so I thought it would be wise to clarify exactly what grade of 4% really looks like.

To determine the slope of the hill requires a little bit of algebra and the knowledge of the elevation of your start and end points plus the total distance between start and finish.  For those who are training with GPS, which I hope is most, this information is very easy to collect.

Once you have the data, you simply place rise over run.  Step by step:


Total Distance Run:  .5 miles (2640 feet)

Starting Elevation:  2000 feet

Finishing Elevation: 2125 feet

Elevation Gain: 125 feet

Grade Fraction:  125’/2640′ = 0.047

% Grade = Grade Fraction (0.047)  X 100

% Grade of theoretical hill= 4.7%

Train smart,

Carson Boddicker

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