Turf commuting

Time for an update I guess…. more then a years since last time. My roles in Turf Crew takes all the Turf energy leaving nothing to the blog.

Been commuting between Karlstad and Kristinehamn for about 2 years now. Mostly by train and occasually by bus, the comfort and time gain in taking the train is sufficient. The warded take map really starts to show whitch zones along the track are easy to take:

Had a really good run last week, the 8 first takes in this session was claimed from the train:

https://warded.se/turf/session.php?session=1923

Many of you may have noticed that a number of station zones been modified recently to cover the tracks, there goes the challange of armpit turfing. You may not belive me but I was one of the crew members who was against this kind of placement. I belive many of these zones was better placed on a square likely area near the train station then on the tracks. But it’s not my decision to take. Now we can only see what will happen next with these zone changes, a new medal perhaps?

My time as a commuter will soon come to an end. I have ordered a new car which will be delivered v51 so after that my follow Turfers in V√§rmland will be able to keep their zones near the track a bit longer ūüôā Instead the car turfer friendly zones like Simpsons winner zones will be more active.

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“Ja’ √§ inte bitter”

Sorry for the Swedish header, translated it say “I’m not bitter” in an ironic meaning. I will also start this post with apologizing to anybody who might be offended by this post, most of it is written in an ironic way.

Round 60

This was the round which I had focused on for quite some time, it was the round I would go all in because the round after I would leave Karlstad for Kristinehamn. I did go all in but somebody else did it even more, congratulations Plux.

So lets take it from the beginning. In my old blog (Link) I told you the story about my first second place and that I probably never would go for it again, oops! But when I signed the contract for our new house in Kristinehamn I told my girlfriend that I would like to try one more time before because I will not have the time to do it the same way when owning a house and maybe raise a family.

In the start of the round I mounted thinner tires on my 29″ mountainbike because my cyclocross was in need of a bigger service and the service time was on Monday. As usual the activity in Karlstad was high during round start but I succeeded with my tactic to start in the central areas and work my way out. After the first two hours I was in top 10 in the world and TBIT was surprisingly number 1. Later on he ran out of zones and I could pass him but Pobe was even faster than me and was number 1 after the first day. On Monday I took a day off from my work and I was able to take over the lead. I had it for some days until Plux passed me in the same pace that Hvalle had the round before.

My cyclocross then? I went to the bicycle repair shop early Monday morning only to discover that the frame had cracked.

cracked frame

I asked the store which I had bought it from if I could buy a new frame but for this certain model I couldn’t. At this time I thought of giving up the hunt for medals.¬†But with this start and the knowing that this was kind of my last chance i continued with my mountainbike.

beginning

Different preconditions

After a week it stood clear to me that Plux would be a very hard competitive this round. We were close after the first week with me around 271 000 points and Plux with about 10 000 points more. But the following week Plux had over 1000 pph for about 4-5 days in a row and it was really frustrating knowing that I took more zones than him(?) every day but still he pulled away from me. I even read in Södermanlands facebook group that other players in Eskilstuna was afraid to go out and take his zones while the activity in Karlstad was as usual. On sunday the 21 of June I was out all day and took 295 zones while Plux ended up on 168 takes the same day, even then i pulled away and increased his lead with some points from the first day to the next thanks to his never ending stack of zones.

Again, “Ja’ √§ inte bitter”.

I began to accept the fact that I could forget the gold medal and I began to think if I would let Bj√∂rke pass me in order to add a bronze medal to my collection since I already had a silver medal. But the gap to the fourth placer Svenolov at this time was to small for me to risk it so I decided to go for the silver medal. Thunell told me that I wasn’t aloud to let go of a silver medal if I hadn’t more silver medals then him, thank you for the kick.

So this round ended with another silver medal, my third if you count the bonanza silver. When the round was finished I had about 600 more takes than Plux but still I was over 200 000 points behind….

You know the quote.

Comparison

I like numbers and for fun I did some comparison with Simpson who took the silver medal the round before. His result was 1 048 214 points which was a bit higher than me but he also had a week more to work with than me. Divided with the amount of weeks we had he still wins on points with 209 643 points per week compared to my 200 744 points per week but looking at the number of takes I win with 1251 takes per week compared to Simpsons 1113 takes per week. This is of course without counting the others factors such as the weather etc, it rained a lot during round 59 (Simpsons round) which probably affected both the numbers.

For my own fun I compared my numbers with the top 10 round points at warded, again this is without counting other factors as weather, number of zones in the city, urban terrain, asking other player for help, etc.

Points per week

Takes per week

Maybe this statistics would be interesting for warded also? Taking a way the advantage of having a week more gives a more appropriate comparison between the players efforts. At least it makes me more satisfied with my second (or third) second place.

Ending this post in the same was as we started, “Ja’ √§ inte bitter”.

Thank you Peek

Some time ago I read about a button that Peak had discovered, link to post here (Swedish).

Yesterday on my way home from work I couldn’t find any unique turfers close by so¬†I decided to try¬†Peaks button.¬†After some searching I found it, clicked it, and suddenly my road were highlighted!

After a few zones Spix woke up and started accusing me for attacking him? Talk about being paranoid. I was just following the way the application showed me.

The road was a bit longer than my usual but I think I will try it again sometime.

Take 20 000

It have taken me a long time, too long, but today I received it!

When I took my silver medal for about 1 year ago I made 3 662 takes, since that day I have managed around 6 000 takes so I would really say that I have kept my promise to calm myself down.

For the medal itself I was aiming to be the first one in my home region V√§rmland to receive it. ABECE, one of the “younglings” in Karlstad was closing in on me so I had his account under supervision and when he was closing in on me last week I decided to speed things up and began to once again take the morning tours that I took under my silver round. But it was already too late…

Another “youngling” named Simpson had already passed me. I had my eyes fixed on ABECE and didn’t realize that Simpson had a higher pace. I met ABECE last week and he then informed me about Simpsons progress, at that point I had 400 takes to go and he had 10.

Too bad but now I have accepted that I’m not the worst maniac in V√§rmland and in a few rounds I belive that ABECE also will get pass me in the total points list, he is about 300 000 points behind me today. Then I can put the most of my focus on the Crew work and other turf related activities.

Also I discovered a smaller bug in the Supporter application 0.9.9.3. If the message would had explained that I had received THE Medal instead of the medal I would have been even more satisfied.

Becoming a zonemaker

As you may have noticed, this blog have been pretty inactive lately. This is partly because I’m the project leader¬†for the upcoming event V√§rmlandsturfen 2015. You can read more about this at TurfKarlstad.se.

Värmlandsturfen

Zonemaker

Apart from that I have also become a zonemaker in the Turf Crew. This summer I received some encouraging feedback by well known players on my zone suggestions in the forum and the issues I wrote after visiting some regions in Sweden. I was asked if I was interested to become a zonemaker but declined, but after have giving it some additional thoughts I accepted the challange.

I¬†sent in my application in the middle of January and was soon assigned to my Newbie assignments in Sk√•ne and the Netherlands. When becoming a zonemaker you are given an certain amount of zones to place in specific citys, in my case the citys was √Ąngelholm in Sk√•ne and Harderwijk in the region¬†Gelderland in the Netherlands.

If you check out Harderwijk, all the ten zones in the city was created by me. It was quite challenging to create zones in a city without zones. No feedback from existing players and no suggestions in the map. I looked at pictures taken by tourists who had visited the town, read some local tourist informations and looked at the street view to find nice places. After some feedback from my “parents” (in Turf Crew) I found some nice places and I would really like to visit Harderwijk sometime in the future to check them out!

In √Ąngelholm, I first placed all the zones I was asked to place in the forest west of the town towards the water. I soon received clear directives from my “parents” that the task was to densify the city and not to expand it. Despite this they accepted the water zone I created with the motivation that a city near the coast should have a water zone. The zones in √Ąngelholm that was my first real zones (given the zones in the Netherlands have not yet been taken) are:

√Ąngelholm

When my “parents” accepted my changes I was approved as a zonemaker! My first real assignment was the calm and relaxed region of V√§stmanland, feels great with a easy start!

So what now?

I will not write anything in this blog about my work in my regions of responsibility, some things should stay behind closed doors, but I will probably write some other posts regarding my work as a zonemaker sometime in the future. I thought it could be interesting for the normal players to read a blog from a active zonemaker, probably my “parents” (yes I still call them that) will give me some inputs of what is okay to write or not also but I belive that my own judgement is fine.

200 sessions

Have you seen the event by the turfer Velocipedrytta that challenge you to do at least 200 sessions between the 12th of Januari and the 19th of June? Awesome initiative according to me! I have received some other invitations on facebook about drinking 100 beers before midsummer and similar events but this is the one I sure will participate in, will you?

So far I have accomplished 12 sessions and is ahead the schedule but if I know my self right, it will catch up. I will create some fun graphs with my results but haven’t decided what kinds of graphs yet, you can see my progress here: Progress sheet.¬†

Slippery road, time for skates?

Last couple of days turfing in Karlstad have been a real challenge with really icy roads. I have fallen to the ground a couple of times but still haven’t hurt myself *touch wood*.

However the changing climate have given some nice views over Karlstad also, a good way to keep up the spirit and get yourself out there is to explore the nature and its phenomena.

View close to Mariebergvik towards OrrholmsZone

Order of medals

I noticed a time ago that the order of my medals was rearranged from one day to another, first I thought it was annoying because I wanted my silver medals to be seen in the toplist but now when there are medals on top of them it doesn’t matter.

A few¬†days ago the medal order changed again to the most logical order, chronological. For fun I took some screenshots cause I realized that they would soon change again, and today the order is back to the “other” order once again.

Here is my screens from the chronological order:

kronologiskordning

Chronological order, farthest left, middle and furthest right

And here is the sceens I took today of the “other” order:

The other order, farthest left, middle and furthest right

The other order, farthest left, middle and furthest right

As you can see it seems as a page break was included¬†2014-03-05 when I took the broadcast expandator. I have never seen a third order, it is always these two that is shuffling so there must be something that have decided that this is the order from time to time. And when the “other” order is current the new medals I receive is placed beneath my greed-200 medal. The first time my medals was placed in this order was after I took the bonanza silver medal so all the medals that I have received after that have been placed beneath the greed-200¬†and hasn’t been put furthest to the right.

Most of the time the “other” order is current so the dawn ninja is always showing in the toplist even if I receive new medals.

Chronological order showing to the left and the "other" order to the right

Chronological order showing to the left and the “other” order to the right

Anyone else who has experienced this at their profile?