Tuesday, 8 August 2006

Come to your Census

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, August 08, 2006 with 2 comments

For the Canberra Times Fun Run on 17 September we will be organising a Team Moore Team again this year.
>> ALL Team Moore members are welcome to enter with the team
>> ONLY the first four count, but hey, the prizes are very token, last year we won (easily) and you can still consider yourself part of the winning team even if you finish well back
>> ALL team entries must be sent in together; I will collect them
>> Team Type is "1" (Athletic Clubs) and Team Name is "Speedy Geese"
>> You can only enter in one team, so if you prefer to organise an age group team, do that instead
>> You may fill in the form from now and get it to me, with money.

"The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

Not only did I major in mathematics and philosophy, and only ever worked in IT, I was employed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics all my working life.

So on Census day this seems appropriate.

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician, and a statistician are all staying at a hotel. In the middle of the night the engineer wakes up to find that his rubbish bin is on fire. He runs to the sink, fills his ice bucket with water and douses the flames. Then, just to be sure, he runs back to the sink, refills the bucket and dumps more water into the rubbish bin. With the fire out, he goes back to sleep.

A little while later, the rubbish bin in the physicist's room spontaneously breaks into flame, waking the physicist. He whips out his slide rule, does some calculations, then runs to the sink, fills his bucket with exactly .75 liters of water, and douses the flames. Having put out the fire, he goes back to sleep.

A few minutes later, the mathematician wakes up to see that his rubbish bin on fire. He whips out a piece of paper, scrawls out some equations, then goes back to sleep, comfortable that a solution exists.

Meanwhile, the statistician is running from room to room setting rubbish bins on fire -- he needed more samples.

There were 22 at training last night for a session of sprints on a harder hill than we have used before. We still ran 20 sprints on 90 seconds. Only one more of these sessions before we change and do something else!

Saturday’s Team Moore race results
Forest Drive 6k (original Jogalong course)
17. Kathy Sims W55 31:31
19. Barbara Williams W60 32:26
20. Caroline Campbell W60 32:32

53. John Kennedy M55 26:44
61. Geoff Barker M60 29:35
63. Geoff Sims M55 30:23
71. Ewen Thompson M45 32:41


  1. Geoff, I'm glad you missed my result in the 2.89k 'half jogalong'.

  2. Is half a jog better than none?

    When I ran my jogalong pb many moons ago, I had run the whole "McInnes 10 miles" as a warmup, with full track suit on. Something to do with it being -2 degrees at the time. Then I won the race in 19:33. I was disappointed to see the first few "boys" on Saturday beat that time, thus relegating me way down the ranking list for one of the very few courses I had run quick enough to be ranked still.