While rolling along I’m thinking it might be fun to compare my training progress with others. Then I’m thinking it would be even more fun to put it into a game. A few kilometers later, I’ve got most of it worked out. So, what do think? Anyone want to have an on-line roller derby? I volunteer to be the statistician and post the results once a month. Here’s how it would work:

**M-I-T Roller Derby**

**Rules:**

- ride as often as you want
- keep your own stats with a computer and heart monitor
- stats must averaged and totalled for the month as required
- stats to be submitted:
- total riding time (computer elapsed time)
- total number of rides
- total distance (KM’s)
- total average speed
- average distance per ride
- average heart rate per ride
- total time spent in anaerobic heart rate zone (80% – 90% of max heart rate)
- longest ride of the month
- fastest average speed (must be at least 20 km ride) for the month

- must ride on a roller trainer only, without resistance
- submit your stats to the statistician for the previous month by the 7th day of the following month (e-mail only)
- points system
- highest total riding time (computer elapsed time) – score 2 (reward the work ethic)

- highest total number of rides – score 2 (reward the discipline)
- greatest total distance (KM’s) – score 2 (reward the work ethic)
- highest total average speed – score 3 (reward the hammers)
- highest average distance per ride – score 2 (reward the work ethic)
- highest % drop in average heart rate per ride – score 2 (reward fitness improvement – first month will establish the baseline average, no score for anyone in the first month)
- total time spent in anaerobic heart rate zone (80% – 90% of max heart rate) – score 3 (reward the hammers)
- single longest ride of the month – score 3 (reward the loneliest one)
- fastest average speed of a single ride (must be at least 20 km ride) for the month – score 2
- bonus points
- riding no hands for 60 seconds (max twice per month) – score 2
- riding one leg for 30 seconds (max twice per month) – score1
- lowest average speed of a 5KM ride (test your balance) – score 3 (you might win it, but will it destroy your monthly average? – strategy!!)

- penalties
- fall off the roller – lose 2 (go for bonus points at your own risk!!)
- stay on the roller but put down your foot or grab something to stabilize yourself – lose 1

So what would the prize for the most points be?

I would be interested in participating. Would we start in Febuary?

I am interested as well, but wow, a financial expert trying to build an analytical approach to stats, I’ll run off the rollers just thinking about how too add points. Maybe we should add a weight formula to the equation that will provide a output in calories burnt divided by number of pedal strokes per km, just kidding, great motivational tool. Just make it simple for me to figure out.

Here look this up and see how they use to race rollers in days gone by. http://www.bikecult.com/works/rollers.html

That is so cool, thanks Jac! I had no idea that rollers had such a fascinating history.