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Train Hard : Strapped up, good to go

2 May

As I was gearing up Tuesday morning, I was trying in vain to get my Polar Wearlink to connect to my phone before heading off to work on the bike, but to no avail.

I tried wetting the strap again – heart rate monitors require moisture between the electrodes and the skin to work – also turning the bluetooth on and off on my phone, removing the strap and then putting it back on … but none of the above worked!

Finally came to the conclusion that it’s not the phone … it’s me! Or at least it’s the battery, and so it requires me to buy a new one!

Anyway, brand new battery, and the strap is back to work!

I’ll be using it again later with my SportsTracker for the cycle back later.

Be Happy : Testing out the MapMyRide app

25 Jan

I rode with MapMyRide! Distance: 5.77mi, time: 36:56, pace: 6:24min/mi, speed: 9.37mi/h. http://mapmyride.com/view_route?r=167135914152478678 So, on the ride from work to our crew dinner at Charlotte L’s house I decided to test out a fitness app. I normally use Google’s own MyTracks for recording my rides and runs, and I’ve got quite attached to the features! But, with it being a map-based app, the look of the app isn’t so pretty, and I wanted to see if other dedicated sports apps have extra features. For this ride I used MapMyRide. The app itself looks quite nice – it’s much more designed than Google’s. The main menu has perhaps too many options for my liking though – I like the idea of being able to compare your routes with others, and log your food diary all in one app, but I don’t think it’s as advanced as MyFitnessPal, and so if I was keeping a food diary I would still use MFP instead. Recording your route is straightforward – like MyTracks, you hit the start button and off you go! Once you finish, press the pause/stop button and it saves it for you. One warning though – if you sign up with facebook, it updates your profile each time you use it! I need to find the option to turn this off! I’m not sure how long my friends will last till their bored of seeing all my outings! I don’t want to say much more about it just yet, as I’ve only used it for two short rides this evening. I’ll give it another couple of outings to test all the features before giving it a rating! Changing topic, crew dinner was really lovely. Charlotte, the stroke of the boat I was due to be racing in held the crew dinner at her house, and we all (minus 1 who couldn’t make it) met up to catch up, and prep for the race. A carb-loading dinner … although being weight-conscious ladies it was complex carbs and salad, but it was a really lovely evening. A bit of the usual gossip and swapping of tales from the river over dinner, and then down to the serious stuff over desert! Heather, the cox went through the plan for the race, and noted down recommendations from the crew as to ways to keep the girls motivated throughout the marshalling, and more importantly of course the race! I’m gutted I won’t be racing, but equally really excited for them all tomorrow, and it was great to join in the evening despite being on the bench, so to speak! I’ll be down on one of the bridges tomorrow to cheer them on and take photos. Might see if I can fit in a gym session and perhaps cycle down to the race to test out my app a little more. Fingers crossed I’ll also have my extra phone batteries and my mount for my bike handlebars so that I can see my phone as I cycle – then I can really test it all out!

Train Hard : Back on the bike – it’s been a while!

25 Jan

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=206030816959479985649.0004d41d50167cbc5aa2a 25/01/2013 8:37am Cycle To Work Total distance: 12.52 km (7.8 mi) Total time: 46:54 Moving time: 43:55 Average speed: 16.01 km/h (9.9 mi/h) Average moving speed: 17.10 km/h (10.6 mi/h) Max speed: 29.92 km/h (18.6 mi/h) Average pace: 3.75 min/km (6.0 min/mi) Average moving pace: 3.51 min/km (5.6 min/mi) Fastest pace: 2.01 min/km (3.2 min/mile) Max elevation: 92 m (301 ft) Min elevation: 48 m (156 ft) Elevation gain: 158 m (519 ft) Max grade: 10 % Min grade: -6 % Recorded: 25/01/2013 8:37am It’s been a while since the white wheels left Waldron Road! It was a really nice ride in though – little bit nippy, but nothing a thermal baselayer and gloves couldn’t fix! In fact I’d worked up quite a sweat by the time I got into the office – it was a well needed shower – shame the office shower has no power, just a trickle! Not too annoyed about getting lost though – the detour took me round Notting Hill, where my office used to be, so it was nice to be back roubd there. I remember why it’s called Notting Hill too!

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