It’s finally the end of the week, and I’ve got a bunch of little tidbits from races schedule updates to technology stuff to toss out into the wind, so without too much more babbling, let’s get on with it.
As you may have remembered from way back in January (can you believe it’s April already?!?), I still had some TBD races with respect to the spring. Well, over the past few weeks I’ve carved in stone some my schedule through at least the summer:
May – I hadn’t quite decided what race to do in May, but I decided to do the Rev3 Olympic Distance Triathlon down in Knoxville, TN. Should be a good time, as the race series is looking like it’s going to be a great alternative to the WTC/NAS races out there. Very much looking forward to it!
June – In mid-June I’ll be taking on a slightly modified Olympic distance race down in the Virginia Beach area (about 3 hours south of DC) – the Old Point Tidewater Triathlon. Should be a nice course that’s a lot of fun!
A whole bunch of endurance sports related sites completed updates over the past week or so – most probably trying to hit the magical Q1 cutoff for CY2010. So, let’s get into a quick site by site overview:
The folks from TP added a slew of little additions, primarily focused on making your day to day log entry easier. As someone who uses Training Peaks multiple times a day to track all my workouts, many of these tidbits are much appreciated – especially the ability to quickly change workout type, I tend to enter the wrong time quite a bit and the old system had some under the cover repercussions for doing that.
You can get their huge list of details write-up here.
Also, Training Peaks released the latest device agent software yesterday as well – adding legacy products to the newer device agent (it didn’t previously support things like the Forerunner 305). Grab that here.
The folks from Garmin pushed out a previously scheduled update to Garmin Connect on Wednesday, introducing a bunch of features that focus primarily on allowing you to better analyze your data. This is pretty much the last significant update your going to see for a while. But, they packed a ton of nice features in here. They include:
– Elevation Correction (uses known elevation points)
– Fixed Tanita Weight Manual Override issues
– Re-did dashboard – looks 1000% better
– A crapton of other the changes (see below, note that ‘crapton’ is a technical term)
One neat little item they added was widget code to be able to do stuff like the below embedded interactive chart (you’ll probably have to click to my main page to view):
You can get their full feature update list here.
Speaking of Garmin, if you have an Edge 500 – they released a new firmware update on Wednesday (2.30), which fixes a few things and does some restructuring of the memory space – hopefully in an attempt to alleviate some of the freezing issues folks (including me) have been seeing recently. So far for me, it’s working quite well for me. You can grab that update here.
I haven’t talked much about RunKeeper to date, but they have a pretty product cool product for iPhone folks. I wanted to specifically mention one new feature they added, which is completely kick-ass – Live Route Watching. Basically, the ability to broadcast your workout, in real time – with real time location tracking on map. Just watch their nifty video, below:
I’ve been working with training peaks recently and love there tracking and data compilation programs! I’m still finding little features here and there that are make sense!
YAY for signing up for Knoxville. Would like to do a blogger meet-up if we can.
You mentioned that the key piece missing from the location-based training devices is integration w/ personal stats. Well, the Trakkers device has that. It is ANT+ so it will get HR and Power data from your other ANT+ devices. Not to mention a whole other slew of features you’ll get to test out in Knoxville! I’m personally very excited about this!
one nice feature you forgot to mention about the withings scale is the slick iphone app…
Any insider knowledge about SportTracks 3? There seem to be some rumblings in the forum (link to zonefivesoftware.com). Any thoughts?
Awesome – sounds good, we’ll have to connect!
Even better, I didn’t realize they included the ANT+ data now – sweet! I had pinged them previously about doing some product reviews on it, but twice they never responded. 🙁 Sad Panda.
Oh – fear now – I haven’t forgot the iPhone…I’m just leaving little moose tracks along the way. I love their iPhone app, it rocks, especially the Push Notificaiton piece.
I have discussed it with Aaron, but since everything is under wraps at the moment, I want to let him release it on his timeframe. That said…I think things will be good.
I think the real-time broadcast of location during races will also make a lot of spectators really happy to easily find their athletes.
While you’re posting updates… is it OK to blow my own trumpet? We’ve done lots of upgrades to runsaturday recently – including: EDGE 500 FIT file support, improved HR plotting and our first TRIMP/ATL/CTL analysis. Hope that wasn’t too cheeky!
Cool, great to hear Slodge (RunSaturday)!
@EndorphinBuzz and @Rainmaker
The Trakkers product is going to make both of you very happy. The real-time position and PLACE of the athlete will be fantastic. The ANT+ providing stats will also keep worried spouses a little calmer – especially on those long out and back rides – knowing that their athlete is at least still progressing forward!!
Trakkers looks good but there’s still no availibility info I can find on their site? And they only support US races.