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# Wave Sprints

Use the wave's movement on the beach to regulate your wind sprints
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You run along the beach trying to keep as close as possible to the constantly moving edge of the water as the waves come in and out. Because of this in and out movement, you're running a sine wave shaped path with a high attack angle (when the wave comes in fast) and low decay angle. (when the wave recedes) The attack angle is your sprint, the decay is your cool down.

It's a fun way to get those sprint portions into your run because when a wave comes in, you really have to run as fast as you can to get away from it. Remember, you try to keep the same speed running along the beach and just add whatever speed is necessary to keep away from the wave without loosing any forward speed. The waves are fairly un-predictable too since as you move along the beach they come in from different angles and at different frequencies.

If you're worried about looking weird, you could get a dog to run with you so it'll just look like you're playing with it. Your dog will catch on to this wave chasing thing very quickly since it'll stimulate it's "chase and run away" response, which I think about 90% of it's brain is devoted to.

 — doctorremulac3, Sep 19 2011

It's a little like this http://www.youtube....watch?v=k3Oxkgsex8M
Skip forward to 4:05 [doctorremulac3, Sep 20 2011]

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 // a sine wave shaped path with a high attack angle (when the wave comes in fast) and low decay angle. (when the wave recedes) //

 No.

 A sine wave is (by definition) symmetric.

 What you're describing is a modified sawtooth wavefom. Yes, the peaks and troughs are rounded, but definitely not a sine wave. Or a cosine wave, for that matter.

 // I think about 90% of it's brain is devoted to. //

 Again, no.

 With unneutered male dogs, more than 90% of brain capacity is devoted to thinking about sex.

Pretty much like humans, really.
 — 8th of 7, Sep 19 2011

 Like I said, it's a sine wave shaped (shaped meaning essentially) path. More accurately, these are pulses with a randomly varied attack / decay envelope. What I'm describing is a modified sine wave as much as a modified sawtooth waveform to give the general idea with the least amount of verbiage possible. It is an idea about running on the beach after all.

But you got what I was saying using the general sine wave shape analogy. Using pulse/attack/decay gets a little more wordy than necessary.
 — doctorremulac3, Sep 19 2011

 // give the general idea with the least amount of verbiage possible //

 Six years a halfbaker, and you still get THAT wrong ? Amazing.

Try a [Vernon] masterclass.
 — 8th of 7, Sep 19 2011

 Ah yes, seems like yesterday I was a bright eyed young inventor wanting to share my completely new and original idea of "soft speed bumps" with the world.

 My first (and not last) bone storm. Marked for deletion my first time out. Not only was the idea already thought of, it even had a cuter title than mine: "Custard Filled Speed Bumps".

My dreams of being a speed bump mogul were dashed and I've been hooked ever since. Sucker for punishment I guess.
 — doctorremulac3, Sep 19 2011

But I'm already doing this every weekend. At least until I run out of breath. And I gave up worrying about looking weird long ago - Now I worry that I don't look weird enough.
 — normzone, Sep 19 2011

This is missing about a dozen fake butterflies on long thin rigid wires protruding from your waistband extending just out of reach.
 — rcarty, Sep 20 2011

Next spring when the water's up, I'm going to go across the road and try this in the river.
 — Alterother, Sep 20 2011

 //But I'm already doing this every weekend. At least until I run out of breath.//

 Are you really? It's cool to know I'm not the only one.

 I claim priority for the name though.

As you know these things really knock you out and they're more fun that you're supposed to have running. As long as you don't mind looking like you're in a Benny Hill routine that is.
 — doctorremulac3, Sep 20 2011

<cue: 'Yakkity-Sax'>
 — Alterother, Sep 20 2011

Exactly. (See link)
 — doctorremulac3, Sep 20 2011

Don't have to; I've got a mental Benny Hill app.
 — Alterother, Sep 21 2011

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