Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DGCR Achievements: Stat Addict

Disc Golf Course Review is an outstanding Web site for the flying plastic obsessed people of the world. The site has accumulated detailed information, including photos and reviews, of disc golf courses from all over the world. It also hosts a ridiculously packed forum full with topics that practically cover every aspect ever thought of regarding the sport – and then there are duplicate, triplicate and quadruplicate threads for many topics to lose yourself in. What comes after quadruplicate? Because there are those too.

There are thousands of people registered, there is a market place to buy related and non-related items, there are numbered bag (travel) tags and there is a feature that allows players to keep track of their scores. 

DGCR has pages of other features, but the one feature I wanted to highlight in this post is the achievement page.

To be more specific, the "stat addict" achievement.

These stats have multiple levels of achievement. The levels are bronze, silver, gold and diamond. When a player reaches each level they are awarded an icon on their DGCR profile page. 

When the bronze level of "Shutterbug" (100 photos uploaded) is reached then this icon will appear for profile visitors to see:

Here's silver for "Disc Collector" (150 discs in personal organizer):

Gold for "Aces" (10 aces):

Diamond for "Wordsmith" (250 written reviews):

I'm on a journey to 400 feet, but that doesn't mean I can't have smaller goals as well. I'm interested in collecting as many of these achievements as i can. In the nearly 5 years of disc golf play I have accumulated a silver in the Ace department, a bronze in Workout, a bronze in Disc Collector and a silver in Stat Addict.

After a few beers the other night I decided to play with math and figure out how long it would take me to reach the diamond level Stat Addict achievement. 

Here's what I came up with:

The goal: 50,000 holes

Current number of holes played: 6,125

Holes needed: 43,875

18 holes a round equals 2,437.5 rounds to reach goal

Realistic rounds in a week for me: 5

Rounds per year: 260 

9.375 years to accomplish goal

Nine years. Wow. That's a long time. My daughter will be 11. I will be 45. The year will be 2022.

I wonder if I can accomplish the achievement sooner. I wonder if I'll be throwing 400 ft. by then.

How long would it take you?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The "I'm Back" blog post

It seems to always happen.

Consistently rolling a blog along smoothly is like choosing to lose 30 pounds at the beginning of a new year. A few weeks later you're looking at yourself in a mirror wondering why you just inhaled a triple meat, triple bacon behemoth cheese burger and large fries.

What happened to losing 30 pounds?

Well, there's always next year. Right?

Not keeping up with this blog was only part weakness on my part though. My other excuse is life. That last tournament messed with my head enough to keep me from the field and course for a while, but then I ended up landing a second job.

All of a sudden I was working 12 to 14 hour days during the week and all I wanted to do on the weekends was rest.

I'm happy to write that the horrible schedule of 8 a.m. to 10p.m. is no longer a reality. I finally have my days back. I'm also ready to work toward achieving my goal.

I'm 400 bound once again.