How big data helps 3-time ultra-racer Dave Haase compete
Big data is a fast emerging technology that is significantly improving decision optimization. It is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. It often includes predictive analytics or other methods used to distill large amounts of data into actionable information. This process adds confidence to decision making, resulting in greater operational efficiency.
So, why does a three-time ultra-racer in Race Across America (RAAM) like Dave Haase need big data analytics? Starting in Oceanside, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. Going west to east, the route traverses three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains, passing through iconic American landmarks like Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains, and Gettysburg.
Analytics of Dave – Fitness+FORESIGHT+Luck
- In 2015, rather than relying on experience and intuition alone, Dave teamed with IBM Analytics to build a digital profile of his capabilities by using Watson Analytics to analyze his training records.
The IBM Analytics team used insights gained from Dave’s digital profile, including his respiration, heart rate, speed, power, cadence, and most importantly his core temperature along with external factors like the weather, wind direction, route elevation etc. to calibrate predictive models aimed at perfect race execution. The goal: Help Dave finish at the front of the pack! Dave finished second, with his best ever time – 8 days, 20 hours, 6 minutes, with an average speed of 14.16 mph. As Doug Barton from team Dave said, “IBM used Big Data Analytics to transform a game of fitness and luck, to a game of fitness, FORESIGHT, and luck – and shaved a full day from Dave’s best ever race time.” IBM and Dave, perhaps for the last time, are going at it again starting on June 14th and hoping for victory.
Learn more about RAAM, and Dave in this video:
Come meet Dave at AT&T SHAPE, to congratulate him on his latest adventure and see a live demo of how the monitoring and analytics happens. As he rides his bike and interacts with attendees, the main monitor across Dave will show a virtual ride with real streets and climbs, and the iPads connected to this custom cloud application will share live biometrics and bike performance data in real-time.
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