Chrimble BPTT

Today was the annual showing of the Christmas Bushy Park Time Trial and I’ve been looking forward to this particular event for about 340 days, since my first introduction to the wonder of the time trial phenomonen back in February. It would have been easy to stay in bed this morning, it was dark and gloomy and of course presents awaited. Still, you can’t really resist that level of anticipation.

As I cycled through Richmond Park in the light drizzle, I puzzled a little over the knowing looks I received from the exhausted reindeer. They obviously knew what was in store for me – that’ll teach me not to leave any carrots out on Christmas Eve. When I mentioned yesterday that a downpour was required to wrap up a thorough test of the Salomon pack, it really wasn’t meant as a Dear Santa letter. I could have waited.

The rain held off for most of the run and I was able to “enjoy” the 5k amongst good company. I was adopted at the midway point by a first-timer and her motivational cousin and was able to experience a vicarious boost that carried me over the finish line relatively unscathed.

I even remembered the new phone this morning so I got to try out the Sports Tracker Beta application. It required a little bit of juggling to switch on both the garmin and the N82 without dropping the phone into the path of a couple of hundred runners but then it is a bit overkill to use two different devices. Sports Tracker has been around for a while and I remember Jogblog took it for a whirl a while ago, but the new version is quite impressive. The phone application links flawlessly to the website offering a live update of your progress, with your route appearing online as you run. Pretty nifty stuff.

sportstracker The website is particularly attractive and displays some respectable charts. You can view the page for the BPTT workout to get an idea of the detail available.

I can imagine this service being quite addictive and the stats will only get better as you add more workouts. I’m going to be using this again and have already downloaded the application to my N95, I’ll be interested to try it out on my next commute where I tend to have more trouble picking up a GPS signal. I’ll have the two phones going head to head against the garmin to see how reliable the reception is.

So, back to this morning, did I mention that it was raining? I finished up at the time trial and set off on the bike for 7 mile ride home. I was dreaming of roast potatoes and yorkshire puds when the sky starting lobbing buckets of gritty, grimey rain water at me. When I finally got home I was just staggered by the amount of water I’d managed to absorb and peeled the Salomon Raid Revo off directly over the bath expecting at least half a bucket of gulley water to come rushing out of the mini plug holes. As it happens the inside of the pack was still dry which is quite impressive given that no other part of me remained “dry” even my goretex jacket had failed under the onslaught.

7 thoughts on “Chrimble BPTT

  1. jogblog

    Wow, those certainly are more impressive stats than I got when I tested out the Sports Tracker, can I download that to the N95?

    How did you have rain that held off for most of the run? I was in a downpour for nearly two hours!

  2. warriorwoman Post author

    Yes you can get it for any S60 phone, here’s the download page:

    I’ve put it on my N95 but have only tried it on the N82 so far. The N82 worked fine in my pocket. I know you had to run with the N95 slid open and in your hand the last time you tried so I’ll see for myself later. That really would be a bit crap.

    Have you downloaded the latest firmware for the N95? I haven’t bothered for ages so I did it last night. There have been loads of improvements, especially to the camera, so they may well have altered the GPS thingy. Also there is a taster for N-Gage games which are coming soon and these look good.

    Your rain can’t have been as bad as our rain, it was just storing it up when I was running to release it as soon as I got on the bike.

  3. londonjogger

    i’m in awe of your and jb’s commitment running on xmas day… jolly good show. i myself am unfortunately suffering from one too many roastie and purple quality street wondering if i’ll ever be able to run again. happy holidays.

  4. warriorwoman Post author

    Ah, you should steer clear of the purple ones. They have anti-running properties, stick to the orange creams.

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