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Educational moment, based on conversations overheard in public and in my office today.

In a hurdle race, the point is to get to the end of the finish line first. Hitting a hurdle could slow you down or make you fall, so hurdlers try not to hit the hurdles, unless they're big beefy guys who can run through them without being phased. And you do see that. But generally speaking every hurdle you hit takes away a little bit of momentum so you try to skim the top, don't go high over them and waste energy, don't hit them and waste energy. They are heavy.

There is no "score" penalty for hitting the hurdle or knocking it over. Unless you intentionally do something unsportsmanlike, and that's a separate call. But if you accidently knock into it, even if it goes into the next lane and takes somebody out, you don't get a time deduction. There's no "points", this is not gymnastics, nobody cares about your style, this is track.

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sunneschii
Aug. 17th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
What triggered this?
spacefem
Aug. 17th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
the olympics.
lantairvlea
Aug. 17th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure about this, but after watching a few heats I figured it out. And, of course, I realized the horse equivalent is steeplechasing rather than show jumping. Both you want to go fast, but show jumping penalizes knocking the poles and a steeplechase you just have to get to the other side and through the course. Perhaps there's a reason they call the longer hurdle races "steeplechase."
spacefem
Aug. 17th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
the distance ones they do! 3000M steeplechase is an Olympic event... with big sturdy barriers that are not like hurdles, they don't fall down.

there's even a water jump! fun. but I wouldn't run that if you paid me, it looks like it SUCKS.
ironphoenix
Aug. 17th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
Analogies to project management, anyone?
spacefem
Aug. 17th, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
every three steps an evaluation of cost vs. benefit analysis :) very few risks take you out entirely, right?
ironphoenix
Aug. 18th, 2016 12:23 pm (UTC)
And the reevaluation adds extra work...

The risks that take you out entirely are generally the black swans: very low probability events that probably weren't even on the risk register. Any foreseen deal-breakers generally get worked out first thing to fail fast.
fansee
Aug. 18th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
You just edumacated me, too. I had no idea. FanSee
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