Category Archives: Mobile Phone

My personal bests

Someone asked me how fast I run a 5km, to be honest I don’t clearly remember. I am very sure faster than 30 minutes. and I seem to remember 25 minutes in one of my runs. Our human memory is often feeble, especially when I don’t really care much about the time for 5km. I have been looking into my 10km time. which is still about 1 hour.

Fortunately I have been running using endomondo, and using the PRO version, I can look into my personal bests. the following is a chart of my 5km personal bests in the last 12 months.

chart 20140829

apparently my best 5km was just under 25minutes! granted this is not the speed of elite runners, but hey, it’s my personal best. It was great to see how much I have improved over the month. although it seems I have been taking it relax in the last two months. I was curious so I checked by 10km times.

chart best 10km month

My 10km times actually improved during the month of July, that was during the fasting month and I was doing night runs. I was doing several 10kms, and at least once was under 6min/km resulting in sub 1 hour 10km run.

It so sad though to see the drop in performance as well as activity in the last 2 months. There are several upcoming events that will help keep me busy and reach that level again. Specifically I’ll need to improve on my cycling to improve my Triathlon times.

Abundance, Health, and World Peace.

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Using endomondo to track your sports performance

Using Endomondo

GPS tracking has never been so easy. Previously I have only heard elite people use GPS watches. Now that smartphone have in build gps and networks, mobile apps that can track an athlete’s ability gets a lot easier.

I have tried adidas mycoach and nike+ running. Partly I don’t like to use something propriety. And they have (at the time I tried them) focused on mostly running. I like endomondo because I like how endomondo interface.

The main dashboard shows one main measurement, and two smaller measurements directly underneath it. The measurements can changed to a different metric from

  • Current speed or pace
  • Average speed or space
  • Distance
  • Time

There is also a choice of the sport that you will be doing, including:

  • Run
  • Cycling (transport)
  • Cycling (sport)
  • Swimming (manual)
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Martial Arts
  • Yoga
  • And many more

For runs and hike, there is an option to look for a route.

To start the monitoring, press the play/pause button, to pause/stop it, press it again. At the end of the run press the stop button.  At the end of it, the app will request you post to your facebook or twitter account. This will automatically upload your post with the maps

During the run, endomondo may be giving you a feedback on the your total distance, total time, with your average pace. This can be changed in the settings

At the end of your run (or other exercise) you can get feed back on your activity. I personally like to see the graph of my lap pace, I can see when I was too slow or was very fast. Additionally, there is also a feedback on how much water you may need to drink after that activity. I am guessing this is based on your weight which you input into your profile, the activity type, intensity and duration.

In the long run, I like to to see the statistics of my performance, I can see daily, monthly, and annual statistics. I love it that I know quantitatively that I have been able to run faster, further and frequent than I have done before.

I had used endomondo to track my performance in my cycling as well as my running. I really took it seriously when I learned the 70.3 ironman I joined had a cut off time, So I calculated the slowest speed that I needed, and used endomondo to track when I achieved that line, and improved on it.

(note: I wrote the article before I found and saw the video. Its funny to see that the video summarized the features quite well)

Waze – Social Network on the Road

I’ve been trying Waze for a year now. I love it. just be careful using it on the road. the interface allows people to update easily while driving, by just clicking about 3 or 4 buttons. But typing in descriptions is recommended for passengers.

I love the part where you can pave/record your own map. there wasn’t a trail to my home, so i traced it by driving thru. I also like how users can report anything on the road and you can see them. Cars parked on the side, road under construction, and my most favourite… Police and Traffic reports. This would be perfect if a lot of people use this app and update traffic reports. So here i am asking anyone to try this out. Check it out at www.waze.com. its available for android, iphone, and some nokia phones.

Just a warning.. obviously this app uses your data bandwidth and GPS. so it’ll use your battery life and credit. Recommended if you have a car charger and a post paid plan.

The Brunei Times Unofficial Android App beta

Thanks to Tim for creating this! You should like get BT to hire you to make this stuff… or at least get income from admob man.

The Brunei Times Unofficial Android App beta.

Waze – Social Network on the Road

I’ve been trying Waze for a few days now. I love it. just be careful using it on the road. the interface allows people to update easily while driving, by just clicking about 3 or 4 buttons. But typing in descriptions is recommended for passengers.

I love the part where you can record your own map. there wasn’t a trail to my home, so i traced it by driving thru. I also like how users can report anything on the road and you can see them. Cars parked on the side, road under construction, and my most favourite… Traffic reports. This would be perfect if a lot of people use this app and update traffic reports. So here i am asking anyone to try this out. Check it out at www.waze.com. its available for android, iphone, and some nokia phones.

Just a warning.. obviously this app uses your data bandwidth and GPS. so it’ll use your battery life and credit. Only recommended if you have a car charger and a post paid plan.