Comments for DC Rainmaker http://www.dcrainmaker.com Thu, 05 May 2016 02:50:10 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.3 Comment on Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: Hands-on & First Run by Gunnar http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/02/garmins-vivoactivehr-vivofit3.html#comment-1521975 Thu, 05 May 2016 02:50:10 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=56794#comment-1521975 It won’t read heart rate while swimming, but If I come up out of the water and sake drops off, will it start to read my heart rate then?

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Comment on Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: Hands-on & First Run by Dan http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/02/garmins-vivoactivehr-vivofit3.html#comment-1521925 Thu, 05 May 2016 01:57:34 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=56794#comment-1521925 I tried rowing on my Concept II tonight and it didn’t go so hot. link to connect.garmin.com
Heart rate tracked way too low the first 20 minutes, then jumped around before getting to a realistic range and staying there. At least I know it’s capable of reading an accurate heart rate. The workout was steady state and my HR should have been 145-155 throughout. It also failed to get a stroke rate at all. I’m not sure what’s up with that.

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Comment on Hands-on with the new Garmin Vivomove watch by Ryan M. http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/05/hands-on-with-the-new-garmin-vivomove.html#comment-1521923 Thu, 05 May 2016 01:54:09 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=59908#comment-1521923 Hey Garmin….Hire this man!

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Comment on The Tacx NEO Smart Trainer: Everything you ever wanted to know by Michael http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/09/trainer-everything-wanted.html#comment-1521921 Thu, 05 May 2016 01:52:57 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=49155#comment-1521921 Hey Cameron,

This is Michael from TrainerRoad. I’m sorry you’ve been having issues using your NEO with our app and I was surprised to hear you were told that taking one minute for resistance to kick in is normal! It is normal for resistance to adjust in a few seconds when using ERG mode, but taking one minute is unacceptable. I’m going to reach out to you via email to gather some more information and make sure we get everything working properly for you.

I suspect the other issue you’re experiencing during rest intervals is due to the “resistance floor” of your trainer. Every trainer has a minimum amount of resistance that it can apply. Even if you unplug your trainer from its power source, this minimum amount of resistance will still be there and will dictate the lowest amount of power that you can output.

The two other factors that influence your lowest possible power output are cadence and your bicycle’s gearing. If you’re hitting the resistance floor during your low intensity recovery intervals, try shifting your bicycle into a lower gear, slowing down your cadence, or both. The end goal here is to get the Neo’s flywheel spinning slower, thus achieving a lower power output.

I hope to hear from you soon, Cameron.

Happy training!

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Comment on Hands-on with the new Garmin Vivomove watch by KCK http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/05/hands-on-with-the-new-garmin-vivomove.html#comment-1521920 Thu, 05 May 2016 01:41:05 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=59908#comment-1521920 I bought my Withings Activite in middle of November 2015 and had to replace the battery 5 months later in April 2016. Jeweler charged $25. I only used the vibration alert for the first three weeks. That’s at least $50/year for batteries even without the alerts! I really do not like that you cannot change/set the time on the Activite itself but only via the App on the phone.
Garmin allowing you to manually change time, leaving out vibration alert (due to battery drain), and the larger size of the watch would cause me to switch to the Garmin.

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Comment on My Sea Otter 2016 Trip Recap: The Festival, Riding, and More! by Anonymous Coward http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/04/my-sea-otter-2016-trip-recap-the-festival-riding-and-more.html#comment-1521910 Thu, 05 May 2016 01:27:09 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=59413#comment-1521910 So, yeah, that’s awesome! :) (As in: that some org finally figured out how to finagle drones into the premises.) “Regular users” of the track (the fast, four-wheeled kind) have been asking for drone permits for several years now, and the canned answer has always been “No drones in any Monterey County Park.” (See: PCA, Pirelli Cup etc. events.)

Would be cool to see how a follow-me drone keeps up with a 130+ mph object, esp. with bridges & banners hanging over the roadway.

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Comment on Hands-on with the new Garmin Vivomove watch by Mike Richie http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/05/hands-on-with-the-new-garmin-vivomove.html#comment-1521861 Thu, 05 May 2016 00:39:58 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=59908#comment-1521861 You could support the site. No ads. 😉

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Comment on Hands-on with the new Garmin Vivomove watch by Mike Richie http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/05/hands-on-with-the-new-garmin-vivomove.html#comment-1521853 Thu, 05 May 2016 00:35:15 +0000 http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?p=59908#comment-1521853 Actually, there is probably an easier solution. A big data approach. You don’t actually ever consolidate the data, you just display it consolidated. In other words you store all the various .fit files and use routines that analyze the overlaps based on timing (and maybe some pattern matching) when called to display the data either online or in Garmin Connect. That way if there are errors in your code, you haven’t corrupted huge datasets and you can tweak things if there are anomalies that need to be addressed. Connected watches could get their “summary” data from the server or just display what they know about locally. Doing it this way should not take that long, although you would probably want to do it architecturally, so that, for instance, in the Rainmaker case, people with multiple watches or devices during an activity could benefit as well. It would be great if, for instance, you used a both an optical HRM and a chest strap, you could get a graph of both. Because it would not change the back end data, you could also roll it out through a Beta, like they did with the change to Modern style. (By the way, I don’t see why they couldn’t do this on the watch as well, for instance, recording bike speed sensor and gps speed; optical HRM and chest strap, etc.)

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