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What's the snow-shoveling equivalent of a century?(8 posts)

What's the snow-shoveling equivalent of a century?Humma Hah
Feb 18, 2003 7:27 AM
I know I must have shoveled snow for enough hours Sunday and Monday to constitute a double-century.

Would you count the number of tons of snow moved? 100 tons would be a pretty good workout. I'm sure I made a dent in that number. Not only was I shoveling my walks and driveway repeatedly, but also two neighbors (one is pregnant and her husband was trapped out of town, the other's husband just had foot surgury and was on cruches).

Or would you count the number of hours? 5 hours of continuous shoveling equivalent to a century?
not if it's Crista's centurycyclopathic
Feb 18, 2003 7:38 AM
one of those 10,000'+. It's more like 7hr

I waited 'till it stopped then did all.. was nice (actually iced) my back still hurts. 28 people died in storm, most shoveling their driveways.
25 tons for us; 100 tons for youDougSloan
Feb 18, 2003 7:39 AM
Well, HH [the cruiser] is heavier, right?

Durn ...Humma Hah
Feb 18, 2003 3:49 PM
... Below I calculated a mere 28.8 tons.
How do you work "ice chipping" into the equation?PaulCL
Feb 18, 2003 8:09 AM
After shoveling snow for hours, I then had to chip the ice off of my inclined driveway. Scraping, hitting, chipping, and a lot of cussing. I did my driveway twice this weekend - so that's a double, right??

And to top it off - there was no salt available anywhere. Period. Totally sold out. Gone. I bought two 50lb bags at the beginning of the winter - enough to last a normal winter. Not this year, no way. I ended up spreading yard fertilizer on my driveway just for the traction. My driveway is long and steep. The incline is the kiss of death for my wife trying to drive the minivan to work. Minivans really suck in the snow & ice.

I MISS MY SUV!! I want my Jeep back! That thing could drive through anything. Just bitchin.....
climbing nmDougSloan
Feb 18, 2003 9:17 AM
I'd say it was... what was your SPM and lbs/hour?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 18, 2003 12:37 PM
Now of course your SPM (shovels per minute) and lbs/hour have to be up there but with proper pacing I'm sure it constitutes the snow shoveling equivalent of a century. However if your SPM was like a little kid spinning around the neighbourhood on a BMX bike pedalling fast then stopping pedalling to coast I'd have to say you did the snow shovelling equivalent of the longest 40 km TT ever.

I didn't do the time-motion study, but ...Humma Hah
Feb 18, 2003 3:48 PM
... The snow coverage on TV mentioned that the average shovel-full is 16 pounds (I believe that includes the weight of the shovel). So let's say I averaged 6 shovels a minute for 10 hours, that would be 16 x 3600 = 57,600 pounds of snow, or 28.8 tons.

I was judging the exertion mostly by breathing rate, trying to pace myself to about the exertion I experience on a century, which typically takes me about 7 hours on the cruiser if its not too hilly.