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Saturday, April 25, 2015

MSF's Dynamic Data Download

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

While the sextet of Night Train Swimmers are fighting against the cold and wind as they head out to the Farallon Islands on their two-way Farallon relay, the Marathon Swimmers Federation is testing a new way to track myriad parameters of marathon swimmers.

A very cool and convenient application developed by Evan Morrison - see the MSF SwimTrack here - provides a magnificently comprehensive view of what the swimmers and crew face during a swim.

The beta app presents information based on the GPS data that comes directly from the SPOT tracker on the escort boat and includes water and air temperatures, GPS distance and distance to and from start and finish in both kilometers and miles, elapsed time, speed, wind and wave data and a variety of other information.

The data is presented in a concise and easy-to-understand manner, and is great for not only historical documentation and reference, but it also allows for post-swim analytics and comparisons against other swims on other days.

Photo by Dr. Dave Ogden shows Kim Chambers' white Night Train Swimmers' cap just behind a large ocean swell outside the Golden Gate Bridge. The outcome of the Night Train Swimmers' relay is posted here.

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