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From: Terry R. McConnell (
Subject: The almighty second
Newsgroups: rec.running
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Date: 2001-03-09 14:16:11 PST

A recent poster wondered whether the fact that heartbeats occur approximately
once a second might have been the reason this particular time interval was
adopted. Whatever its origin, no one can deny that we runners are slaves
to the almighty second and its cursed offspring, the minute and hour. How
many of us have known the frustration of being unable to break through some
natural time "barrier"? (The 3:00 marathon, the 5:00 mile, the 40 minute 10k,
...) The heartbeat connection got me thinking: why not do away with seconds
altogether and measure running performance in heartbeats? At the least, this
would open up a whole new playground for those of us who revel in record
keeping. What is the "world record" for the fewest heartbeats needed to finish
a marathon, for example?   

I envision entire races, or divisions thereof, scored by having the 
competitors wear HRMs modified to count beats and  radio the data
automatically to some central recording device. (Surely the technology for
this is nearly upon us.) Since heart rates decline with age, age grading in
such events would be implicit.

It is also amusing to speculate on matters of strategy and etiquette. 
Rather than bursting from the starting line in a heart-pounding sprint, might 
it not be better to shuffle along in a Zen-like state, perhaps intoning some
mantra to keep the level of excitement to a minimum? Headsets playing
soothing music -- would they be allowed? Would it be permissible for some
cad, unable to control his own heartrate, to recite bawdy stories whose only
purpose to torpedo the efforts of those within earshot?
Terry R. McConnell   Mathematics/304B Carnegie/Syracuse, N.Y. 13244-1150    Question Authority?

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