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#1 of Old 06-30-2008, 01:31 PM - Thead Starter
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Welcome to the Virtual Race Across America.

This thread will describe scoring, player productivity levels, and the rules of the race for Round 11.

I have also set up a General Discussion thread. Please ask any questions you have about the game there. If you have questions between the rounds, please post to the forum or send me a PM.
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#2 of Old 06-30-2008, 01:40 PM - Thead Starter
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How to you score points in the VRAA? Simple: exercise yo' ass. Keep track of mileage and time. You'll earn points as follows:

You will enter your points here: VRAA Scoring Central

VRAA scoring categories:

Old Timers - Please note that nothing below has changed. Last change was several rounds ago.

I. Running/Walking: 4 pts for every mile (1 pt for every 1/4 mile). Includes outdoor running/walking and, if you choose, treadmill.

II. Swimming: 1 pt for every 100 yards (indoor or outdoor)

III. Cycling: 1.5 pt for every mile (includes outdoor cycling and, if you choose, trainers that give accurate mileage readings)

IV. In-line skating (the APRR Chuck rule): 2 pts for every mile

V. The Race Premium: Add 5 pts. for a race to the points you'd get for the distance. Applies once per race, whether it's a 5K or an Ironman tri.

VI. General Cardio*: 1 pt for every 3 minutes

VII. Alternate workouts**: 1 pt for every 5 minutes (maximum of 60 minutes, or 12 points, per day; we do not intend to turn this race into Yoga Your Ass Across America)

* General Cardio includes: Stationary bike/Elliptical/Stair-stepper/Rowing, etc. The basic requirement for this category is an activity that produces a sustained, elevated and/or aerobic heart rate. Use this for any aerobic activity that you can't readily measure in miles.

** Alternate workouts: This category is open to interpretation. To a point. Below are the suggested activities. The guidance with this category is to count time spent working and not rest time.

- Yoga/Pilates
- Weighlifting/Circuit training
- Core/Abdominal work
- Team sports

At some point, we must draw the line. The Alternate workout category is capped at 60 minutes, or 12 points per day.
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The purpose of this scale is our attempt to produce evenly divided teams.

At registration, be prepared to provide your level of basassery - your expected level of performance.

VRAA levels of badassery

When you sign up, please place yourself in one of the following categories. Make your best guess about what you'll average over the course of the next several weeks and categorize yourself accordingly. You won't be punished if you end up doing more or less (do keep in mind that all the non-running points add up; a lot of cross-trainers and multi-sporters tend to underestimate their productivity).

(1) Titanium Badass: A cut above the rest. Your teammates love you, your opponents plan extra workouts because of you. You average earning 280+ VRAA points per week. That's 2 hours on the elliptical trainer, every day. Or, you go to Pilates class for 60 excruciating minutes 3 times a week, bike 50 miles a week, and still find time to run an additional 40 miles.

(2) Super Mega Badass: You're a sizzling chunk of aerobic machinery, earning roughly 200-280 points per week or more. You run 40+ miles per week plus bike 25ish miles per week, or bike 135 miles per week, or walk a 9.5 mile mail delivery route every day plus run like a beast in your free time, etc.

(3) Mega Badass: You're hot & sassy. You're scoring constantly, garnering 120-200 VRAA points per week. Maybe you churn up the pool for 2000 yards in a week and then run 20 miles a week. But not content with that, you then do your cross-training (alt. workouts) because every Mega Badass just knows they should.

(4) Badass: You are the backbone of the VRAA. No team can win without a solid core of Badassery. You rack up 60-120 VRAA points per week. Cycle for 40 miles in a week and you've done it. In-line skate for 30 miles, same thing. Or you could just run for 15 miles in a week. Or mix it up a little. A Badass like you has options!

(5) Badass in Training: Maybe you're in one of them long tapers, or you're aspiring to badassery, or you're really busy right now, or you're crosstraining through an injury. We love you for who you are, and respect you for what you do. And what you do is this: earn 0-60 VRAA points weekly for your team. That's up to 15 mpw running, or 40 mpw on a bike, or 6000 yards of swimming, or a few good days at the gym lifting weights and/or tooling around on them machines. To get closer to the low end up the point range, simply up the Cheetos consumption.
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For Round 11, we're going to continue with Billy's great game for hard core runners.

The Hard Corps option is a side-show. But you don't need to be a side-show freak to participate; you just need to be a runner. Players who opt to take the “Hard Corps Option” will receive points only for running.

When you sign up for Round 9, you will indicate whether you want to take part in the Hard Corps or not. This is purely voluntary; you do not have to take this option. You must play in the regular VRAA to take the Hard Corps Option.

I expect things will work much as they did in Round 8, depending on how many players take the Hard Corps option. We will probably have Hard Corps teams that are separate from the VRAA teams.

Reporting of scores will be as it was last round. Here's and example and let's say you went Hard Corps. On Day 1, you run 4 miles and do 30 minutes of cardio. That's 16 points for running and 10 points for cardio. You would score 26 points for your VRAA team and 16 points for your Hard Corps team.

The database will be able to report just your scores for running. Entering of scores will not require any additional effort on your part.

"Running" points will be scored in exactly the same way for the VRAA and Hard Corps. This does mean that walking will count as running. We don't want to make scoring more complicated.

Hard Corps teams will not score extra points for racing.

We probably won't have captains for Hard Corps teams.

The winner of the Hard Corps race will not get a special title. They will have bragging rights only.
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Do we get bonus points for # of hot dogs eaten on July 4th? It seems fitting...

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I posted this in the sign up thread too - I'll be announcing teams for the next round on Thursday morning sometime.
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What about brisk walking or hiking where you can't measure the distance, only the time. Can it be counted as general cardio or does it have to go in the alt. workout bucket? (p.s. I know about gmap-pedometer and all that but there's no way to measure even with that).
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Yes, that's general cardio - if you're timing how long you're walking/hiking without stops.
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Thanks for the quick response!
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I did not see an entry in the database for walk points. Do I just assume run=walk for the purposes of the database ? For now I just logged my run points (run miles x 4).

And thanks for all the work that obviously went into this, nice job !
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Yes, walk = run here ... as long as the walking is for exercise or part of a warmup or cooldown to running, it can be counted. We don't count walking throughout the course of a day (ie: at work, shopping, etc.).
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