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These Ain’t MyTracks

View 10 Mile Attempt in a larger map

I’ve blogged about Google’s MyTracks GPS App before, and not encountered this ‘bug’ before. If you have a good look at the map above, you can see that my phone lost GPS a few times and unfortunately the missing sections don’t get counted as distances I have run. This is totally heartbreaking when you are out for a personal challenge such as today’s 10 mile attempt, to have your GPS tracker tell you you have only done 7.6 miles!

Actually, I did 9.6 miles in 1 hour 41 minutes which means I was jogging away at tranquil 5.7 mph. At this pace I could finish the Stroud Half Marathon in 2 hours 18 minutes, which is a respectable beginner time. I’m not in a hurry to repeat the 10 mile training run, since my legs really hurt now, especially my right knee, so I’ll be focussing on shorter and more intense training sessions like the Fartlek session I did yesterday.

To conclude, so far so good. I’m not as far off that pace as I thought but I’m sure I wont be able to walk tomorrow!


Android application review: My Tracks

Last autumn I bought a Samsung Galaxy phone running the Google Android operating system. I’ve been really impressed with all the features so far, especially it’s excellent integration with the Google suite of applications including Gmail, Reader and Maps among others.

A tested out a new application available from the Android market last week called My Tracks. It’s a GPS tracker that records your route which can later be uploaded to Google Maps for all to see should you wish. Here’s a test route I tried…

View Val d’Isere to Val Claret, Tignes in a larger map

While you can check out the data on your phone, or upload the data to a google docs spreadsheet. The data is really good fun, especially if you are interested in how far, how high, how fast etc., and it’s potentially a terrific training tool for cyclists, runners and other outdoor sports athletes.

From abraskidabra

For many skiers the saved map from Val d’Isere to Tignes Val Claret via Borsat Express may not be very interesting, however, the possibility of mapping off-piste tours to then share with others is seriously exciting and the same could be said for hill-walking routes, mountain biking trails, or cross-country ski tracks, etc.

If I had one criticism, it is that the GPS really drains my phone’s battery, though I can’t blame that on Google. It’s Samsung’s fault.

I hope I can start posting a heap of interesting routes here on the blog, to compliment my occasional photos or videos from Tignes. If you’re looking for a new phone then get your hands on the Google Nexus One so you can start mapping your own ski adventures.

Sweeping statement of the week: In five years no-one will have an iphone.