Sometimes it is not all about training for my next ulta. 30 miles on the bicycle with the family is a great off-day event to keep the legs moving and smile on my face. I took the GoPro along with us attached with my new SP Gadgets Remote Pole. The SP Remote Pole has a place to put the GoPro remote right on the 24” extending pole. This way you can start and stop the video with a simple thumb press. You can also change settings between photo and video just as easy. I am still learning every time I take the GoPro out but this video came out pretty decent. I still have a few segments of knocking as the pole clanked against my bike. Enjoy the video.
Last Saturday I took the GoPro on a 20 mile run. The first 6 miles were with my son. I managed to get some decent footage along the way of the greater Des Moines area. I even managed to get in a little trail running. The trails were still too wet for mountain biking but running on them was not bad at all.
I wish I could eliminate more of the motion bouncy when running. A chest and the head mounts are even more jumpy. Filming footage hand-held is about as good as I can get it. Surprisingly the least bouncy footage is when I face the camera at me when I run. I think it stabilizes it more or maybe it is an illusion having me so close and the background far way. I continue to learn that to shoot GoPro video I can’t capture anything that is small and more than 15 feet away. I ran by the Des Moines Rugby club and thought it would make for good video. The players were too far away so I cut that footage out. I continue to learn a little more with each outing. Enjoy the latest clip.
I am testing out some of the Strava features. Embedding a run in a blog post works pretty nice but it doesn’t show the Instagram photo feature. If you authorize your Instagram account on Strava any photos you take and post during your run will show up on the route map. Unfortunately they don’t show up on the screen shot of the map below when you embed the workout. But if you click the map you an see them on the Strava site. Being a photo-nut I think I will really enjoy the Instagram feature.
I love to use technology. It is what I do for a living and what I do in my personal life. I am a geek in just about everything I do. Gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets! Running is no different. I need to be able to track my progress and view routes or races, give encouragement, and get feedback. It motivates me! I have also always been into GPS and mapping even before I became a running.
I started using DailyMile a few years ago and loved the social aspect of the site. The DailyMile team is a small team of part-time developers the last time I checked and their site suffers from it. I decided to support the site and pay the $50 a year membership fee a couple of years ago. Not because of the features they offered but just to support their growth. I figured I can’t complain about what the site lacks if I don’t support them. Fast forward two-year and to be honest what you get for the premium account just isn’t worth it any more. The rate at which additional features and functionality get added or even fixed is so slow. Stagnant is a better word for it and to top if off many parts of the site are just too difficult to use. The races feature is one of those features that is borderline unusable. The stats page is just so-so. As anything but a weekly stats option it is frustrated to use.
The best thing about Daily Mile is the social aspect and I have met many of the people who read my blog on DailyMile. But lately since my Garmin 305 battery has dropped down to only 2 hours of life I have had to use the Garmin Fit app to track my runs. It is an automatic upload to the Garmin Connect site and that means Daily Miles is now the bastard son. Most of my runs now get added once a week to DailyMile and this just about kills the social aspect. Don’t even get me started on the issues that DailyMile has had with their sync option. It is better today but for a good year it only worked a third of the time.
Garmin Connect has always been my back up for tracking runs since it lacked the social aspect of Daily Mile. Having had a Garmin device since I started running it is just easy to get the data up to their site. Looking at past data is a breeze and everything is right in front of you for filtering. They recently added a calendar system that is better than what you pay for with DailyMile. Lately I am going to the Garmin site almost exclusively to review run data. Garmin just released a big update and the new site is even better.
The Garmin site does lack the social aspect and that is my biggest complain of using Garmin Connect exclusively. I do follow a few other runners on Garmin Connect but it is only looking at their runs and not interaction at all.
Now enter Strava. I fist heard of Strava a couple of years ago when found a Gu challenge online. You ran some distance over a month period and Gu would send you a pack of Gu samples. The package was better the farther that you ran. That was why I created a Strava account. After the promotion was over I never really paid much attention to their site. But I have to stay the Gu promotion was great!
After my frustration with Daily Mile the past few weeks I happen to check out Strava again via their iPhone app a few weeks ago. The design of the app and their website is fantastic and very easy to use. The social option seems to be much better than Garmin Connect but I don’t know anyone that uses Strava right now. If you are on Strava find me please!
The big question mark for me with Strava is how to sync past data. I wanted to export all my Garmin runs and import them to their site to test their stats page out. After a little digging I finally found the answer to the export problem. Tapiriik.com worked flawlessly for me last night. I moved 2-3 years of runs and bike ride in about 20 minutes with a few clicks. It support a lot of other sites when transferring data.
Now that I have all my data on Strava I am finding that to really use the full features of the site you need to pay for their premium site. Right now I am debating if I cancel my DailyMile premium account and move that over to Strava.
I am having a new running watch delivered today. Another Garmin watch so Garmin Connect is here to stay. I am struggling with how to get the social fix since Garmin just doesn’t cut it. So my question for my visitors is what site do you use? Maybe I am too narcissistic and you don’t need that feedback as much as I do. Maybe this has to do with the fact that train alone. I don’t know. Either way I am frustrated right now with the technology, tracking data, and the social aspect of it all.
I am so ready to race I can’t stand it. I have been fairly consistent in my winter training since December. I never seem to run enough training miles but what else is new. Regardless, let’s race! Here is a quick update on what I am thinking for racing now.
I am still looking for a July and August Race. If you know of any in the midwest post a comment with a link.
- April 26th: Frisco Railroad Run 50m in Missouri
I am running the 50 mile and my wife and son are running the half marathon. All recovered old railroad tracks filled over with crushed gravel. Very flat course so hoping for a 50 mile PR. This will be the first half marathon for by my wife and son. It should be an exciting race!
- May 10th: Rock-On, Lake Perry! 50k in Missouri
I love running the Trail Nerd events down in Missouri. Bad Ben is the best race director and there is always a lot of running having a great time!
- May 31st: Dam to Dam Half Marathon in Des Moines
A local half marathon never hurts the ultra training. I may run this with my wife and encourage her along the way. This is another race my son is doing as well.
- June 28th: North Fork 50 mile in Colorado
My second year running this race.
- November ??: Wild Sebastian 100 mile in Florida
My first 100!
I had the opportunity to get out for a run in San Francisco. I was there for work last Tuesday and had a few hours to burn. I thought it would be around a 10 mile run but it turned out to be just over 14 miles. Crossing over the bridge on a run was on my running bucket list and I’m happy to say I have checked that one off!
This was my second attempt at using the new GoPro while out on a run. After I returned home and started to edit the video I quickly realized I would have shot a lot more video. I’m looking forward to getting out on our local tails for my next installment of running video adventures. The trails just need to dry out first.
I picked up a GoPro last this week. I am going to document each race this year with video. Today was super windy and I am really impressed how well the GoPro eliminated any wind sounds. That is always a big problem with shooting video outside. The only odd sounds were when I was switching hands in the video and my wedding ring hit the GoPole than I am using to hold the GoPro. I can’t want to shoot video durring a race out in Colorado so you can see the epic landscapes I get to run through.
I will be posting more on the GoPro and the accessories I purchased in a later post. For now check out the video from today’s run.