Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweet Tea Speed Runs

How long, on aveage, does it take you to make some Sweet Tea? Man I loves me some sweet tea. Drink it just about every day. I make it just about every day after lunch at work. I started wondering how long it takes me to walk over to the kitchen, make the tea, and return to my desk.

I broke the sweet tea run into 3 sections. The approach to the kitchen, the actual brew time, and the return trip to the desk. The kitchen is roughly 90 steps from my desk. Using average stride of 30" that translates to 225 feet.

The brew step goes as follows.

  1. Wash out my cup. I use a reusable cup from home.
  2. Add sugar to cup
  3. Grab Tea bag
  4. Fill cup with enough hot water to cover the sugar and tea bag
  5. Stir the hot water and sugar vigorously
  6. Fill the cup up with cold water leaving enough room for ice
  7. Fill the rest of the cup with ice (pick up any ice you drop and throw it in the sink)

I tracked 21 Sweet tea runs.

  • The longest trip was 3 minutes and 47 seconds. I had a note on this run indicating that the cup washing process took longer than normal because I had not used the cup after a long weekend and it was prety gross.
  • Slowest approach was 51.93 seconds. That is about 2.9 mph. Must have been tired after a workout.
  • Slowest Brew time was 2 minutes and 19 seconds. Note indicates there was a slow lady at the water fill up station. I think she was reading a book. Get out the way peeps.
  • Best time was 2 minutes and 52 seconds. This was powered by the fastest brew time and a below average approach and return.
  • Quickest among the approach and return times was 40.58 seconds for a blazing 5.5 miles per hour. Look out folks.
Here is a chart showing each phase. The Red line is the brew time. The blue line is the approach time and the green line is the return time.

Finally here is a chart plotting the total times for the Sweet Tea Speed Runs.

  • Approach: 46.47 seconds
  • Brew: 1 minute 49.85 seconds
  • Return: 47.32 seconds

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

JHA Micro Golf Tour - Tournament #1

A dramatic close to the first annual AC Invitational. Matt Taber captured the title in the first sudden death playoff hole. Joe Story forced the sudden death playoff hole by shooting a double boogey on the 9th and final hole. Matt Taber parred out the final two holes to catch Joe on the final hole. Both golfers finished the round at Even par forcing the playoff.

"I was striking the ball well. My approaches looked good, putting was good. It was a good day to get out there and score." responded Joe in the post round interview. He fielded several questions about what went wrong on that 9th hole as the tournament seemed to be his to lose. "Just didn't finish it out there. I had a chance to close it on the last hole, just didn't get it done."

When asked about his mechanics Joe replied
"I tried to see the shot without thinking about mechanics. Just didn't get it done. When you are in the heat of a major championship you  tend to revert back to your old habits good or bad. Today was just not my day to finish the round." Carrying the poor play from the 9th hole to the sudden death hole, Joe shot another double bogey on the playoff hole, opening the door for Matt to finish off the tournament.

"It was great to get out there and get my first tour win. Hoping to take this momentum onto the next tournament." said Matt in his post round interview. "The next tournament is in my own back yard. I've played this course hundreds of times. That mixed with the positive momentum from this tournament will hopefully power me to back to back tournament wins." When asked about Joe's collapse. "He played the entire tournament well. That 9th hole can take down anyone. You hit a poor shot off the tee box and you are in trouble at the start. I was fortunate enough to get a good shot off the tee box. I don't see that as a major collapse. Just a bad shot at a bad time. Could happen to anyone of us."

The next stop in the JHA MGT tour is the "Dude Where's my Par?" Tournament. The field is deep with fierce competitors. Matt Taber is in good position to take back to back tournaments. Who will rise up to the challenge and steal this tournament and the momentum on the JHA MGT.