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Date: 30/03/2017

How Many Features in Excel do you recognise in my Triathlon story?

When I first decided in 2011 to enter my first sprint triathlon I knew I had to get myself sorted and into condition. There is so much data out there about how to train and how much to eat so surely there was sum kind of formula I could match to consolidate my own thoughts into one. My background strength was always the run so I knew that the swim and the cycle would raise some comments as I started to train.
However, with all my connections I had forecast a reasonable first effort.
What surprised me was the advanced array of equipment on the day. My pivotal moment was in transition trying to find my bike amongst so many others looking the same!
As I crossed the finish line all the effort was worthwhile and I managed to lookup to see my time.
Now for rest till next time! This year I am attempting my first half Ironman distance. Fancy joining me?


Sorted            Sorting is a standard feature on the Data Tab in Excel. You can also access
                        Simple sorts from the Sort    Ascending and sort Descending buttons on that
                        Same ribbon
Condition       A condition is the first part of an IF function which results in either it being
                        True or False
Data                This Tab contains all kinds of features such as Filtering, Sub Totalling,
                        connecting to other packages
SUM                Probably the best known of all formulas. Adds up a range of cells
Match             This feature returns the position in a range of cells matching to the value
Consolidate    On the Data Tab and used to add up typically different sheet ranges of data
                        when laid out in the same way
Background   Purely formatting of the back of the worksheet grid to personalise it
Run                 One the 5 ways to initiate a Macro program is to Run it from the View Macros
Comments      Simply right click on a cell to add a description to that cell
Connections   Found on the Data Tab to connect to say a database like Access to read data
                        from it into Excel
Forecast          Again one of the many functions found in the fx area of Excel
Advanced       Found in terms of filtering and allows the AND OR combination of questions
                        to be resolved
Array              A term used I the Match and Index functions to suggest a range of data
Pivotal            Bit cheeky this one as its Pivot really. Relating to a Pivot Table – a brilliant way
                        to analyse data on any which way you like.
Find                 To search for a work or formula use the Home Tab and Find button
Lookup           Used typically as a Vlookup which looks up a value to match to in a table and
                        returns one of its column values
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