Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March is done

Now I have been learning to run for 6 months below is a quick summary



So totally I have done around 220k in 6 months, not a lot I guess. Now I'm using iPod Touch 2G when I walk/run so it's a lot easier to log distance I did.

I just wonder if I could sustain the heat when summer is getting closer.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Syncing with Nikeplus

I experimented recently to upload workout data from another iPod to Nikeplus, that was a bad idea. Data from 2 iPods got merged together and I ended up deleting all my runs at the browser one by one. In retrospect I should have just deleted data that isn't mine but I thought 'sync' means that data in my iPod Touch and Nike+'s server will be made the same next time I sync right?

I was wrong and this FAQ tells me that after sync files will be moved from the 'latest' folder to 'synched' folder. To sync again I'll have to manually move files!

Something new to learn everytime mistake is made. Apple disabled the feature to enable iPod Touch 2G for disk use at iTunes so I can't move files/data using Finder or at Terminal. If you need to view hidden Unix files you'll have to do this, more about that from here

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Then I need DiskAid in order to gain access into the file system of my iPod Touch 2G.

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Alternatively you could dump Nike+ all together and upload your run data to RunnerPlus. To do that you'll need Yahoo Widget Engine and their desktop widget. It supports Mac OS X or up to Windows XP only. In my view the graphic isn't as good as Nike+ but there are other resources which you may find useful.

Now I have retrieved all my run data so far.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Windows 7 on Macbook

I have tried Bootcamp and dual boot my MacBook with XP. I can't try running Vista because I have an upgrade version of it. Now with Windows 7 beta available I just tried that again in my MacBook.

My Macbook has a new HDD a while ago so I could use it again in the office before it's forced to retire. Running bootcamp was easy but this time my HDD is too fragmented hence I need to clean it up and restore everything from my Time machine backup. I did this last Sunday making sure I have plenty of time.

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Time machine restore didn't fail me and it was done perfectly almost. A minor flaw was the mobile broadband which didn't work instantly on restore. Found out also that I shouldn't have expected customer service on a Sunday.

Getting Windows 7 to work in the office is a quite easy except that getting anti-virus to work was a bit difficult. I was too greedy to have tried latest AVG Free version 8.5 which turned out to be a problem even at installation, windows gave me a blue screen/memory dump and shutdown. Uninstall didn't work so I used system restore. I used AVG's removal tool but still it couldn't completely get rid of it as I can see resident shield service is still running. At last removal has to be done manually at many places by looking at the removal tool error log.

I don't know why as this article says that AVG free edition should work!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I'll miss winter

I rested for a day yesterday, just can't wait to go out again this morning. The temperature was just right and morning sun was shinning beautifully through silk like clouds.

I walked far this morning to Bowen Road. Bowen Road is a very popular trail for morning walk and run. My intention was to use the milestones there to calibrate my Nike+ iPod gadgets. From my front door to the '4000' milestone in Bowen iPod gave me 2.55km and that took me 24:37 minutes. I then ran and walked 1km between milestones for calibration. The run was OK but after the walk iPod said 'this workout can't be used for calibration', however it showed 1.01km so I guess that was accurate enough. On the return trip iPod gave me 2.59km so the error is around 2% which isn't too bad.

This new route I tried this morning is perfect for Saturday as I have a bit more time before work. This will also be good for my 10k training as I have done roughly 2.6 x 2 + 2 = 7.2 km this morning.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Nikeplus

Now I have iPod Touch 8G 2nd generation to work with Nike+ below is the screenshot of my workout so far.

Nike_runs

I should have logged in earlier because I could have just brought a sensor to save $10 instead of a $28.2 sensor + transmitter (iPod nano requires this) pack.

I haven't yet calibrated the device since I need a minimum known distance of 400m. I also found that if I mix running with walking the distance measured would be around 7-10% out.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nike+ iPod

Tried this combination yesterday morning, this HRM watch didn't do much apart from showing me my heart rate during my walk. Too bad I later found that if I didn't use the watch to record time/lap then max/min heart rate won't be recorded.

My first experience shows that

  • It's very user friendly, like other Apple gadgets, you really don't need to read manual before hitting the road

  • I like the voice reminding me what to do and what I have achieved, certainly it's iPod advantage, i.e user must have earphones put on

  • The text on the display (was using iPod nano, too bad my first generation iPod Touch doesn't support Nike+) is pretty small for my old eyes especially when it was early morning

  • I didn't calibrate it because the minimum calibration distance is 400m but it's pretty accurate by default

  • I haven't tried NikePlus but I'm sure it's easy to use as well



It's a pity that Nike (they have their own series of HRM watch) hasn't got chest straps to work with iPod or else this gadget would be perfect.

Monday, March 2, 2009

More running gears

Now I'm running a bit more I'll be trying better shoes. The investment for below is not a lot



so I have bought below

Niki+

to work with it.