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24 October 2017 1 Comment

Losing Focus

Strava, that website with whom so may of us have a love/hate relationship, has just announced a major revamp which, judging by the comments I’ve seen, has gone down like a lead balloon. The heart of Strava is its activity feed where you see the exercises recorded by yourself, people you follow, and people whose […]

8 June 2017 1 Comment

The Swim Exporter App

If you have?an Apple Watch 2 and you use Strava you’ll be as frustrated as I am that Strava doesn’t support swimming on the watch. You have to record any swim that you do using the watch’s native Workout app (which works really well), then manually create a new activity in Strava and fill in […]

27 May 2016 1 Comment

Apple Watch as Training Aid

Being a hopelessly tech addicted family I suppose it wasn’t that surprising that my dearest wife thought that an Apple Watch would make an ideal Christmas present for me. Although having done the usual thing of having said we weren’t going to be buying each other expensive presents this year, and me having done the […]

24 November 2014 0 Comments

Maturing Nicely

There won’t be many cyclists or runnerswho haven’t heard of Strava by now. If you are in the tiny minority that hasn’t, it’s a running and cycling fitness tracker website and app. Ho hum, you say, there are plenty of those. But Strava’s big success is due to its segments system. A segment is a […]

16 August 2012 2 Comments

iPhone as bike computer

Author’s note: I have paid full retail price for all the kit mentioned in this review and have no relationship with any of the manufacturers. Really keen cyclists will invest hundreds, if not thousands of pounds in devices that monitor their performance. GPS devices are commonplace whether wrist mounted or handlebar mounted, and depending on […]

12 August 2012 2 Comments

It’s all hard work and graft

Antonio Rodr?guez via Compfight As soon as the amazing Mo Farah came out with the quote above lots of teachers I know started tweeting words to the effect that it was going on their classroom wall as ?a quote to illustrate what can be achieved through hard work and effort. I got into a bit […]

20 June 2012 0 Comments

Responsible Riding

Earlier this week a news story broke about the social network and GPS tracking site, Strava. The family of Kim Flint are?suing the service for negligence over his death in a cycling accident. If you haven’t come across it before, Strava is a website to which you upload a GPS track of your latest training […]

4 May 2012 0 Comments

This training run is brought to you courtesy of…

The cat is now out of the bag. Since accepting a pair of running shoes from Sports Direct to review on this blog I’ve been swamped with offers of kit to try. OK, that’s not quite true, but those nice providers of iPhones at 3 have sent me a cool Belkin neoprene sportsband for my […]

15 October 2011 0 Comments

Pointless conversation between 2 freaks

Xtranormal is a great website that allows you to create cartoon characters and animate them. Speech is provided by a text to speech engine. The deadpan nature of the resulting conversation when coupled with a witty script is often hilarious. Here’s a great conversation between 2 freaks at the opposite end of the endurance athlete […]

15 September 2011 0 Comments

Checking out the competition

Being a teacher involved in technology a friend spotted this story on Techcrunch and passed it on. Apparently, Panasonic have developed a robot that is designed to complete an Ironman. It’ll take about a week to finish the distance so I don’t think Chrissie Wellington will be too worried yet. On the other hand, I’ll […]

25 October 2010 0 Comments

The success of Boris’ Bikes

The arrival of 6,000 bikes on the streets of our capital city might seem like a drop in the ocean compared to the actual amount needed to tackle the problems of carbon emissions from cars, congestion and driver attitude to cyclists, but the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme has been an undoubted success racking […]

28 February 2009 3 Comments

Clever web types, and a self-inflicted lay-off

There are obviously some fairly switched on web types out there. On my last post I wrote about my new Oval bars and included a slideshow of the product in question. This was spotted by the President of Oval Concepts who added a couple of interesting comments to the slideshow. I’m disappointed that the UK […]

7 May 2008 1 Comment

Aged 57 and much weaker than I should be

The family have just invested in a Wii Fit (to add to the Gamecube, DS and numerous other game related gadgets). I have to say computer gaming is not my natural environment: my 4 year old knows more about the Nintendo DS than I’ll ever know, but I felt duty bound to give the thing […]