Super cool new fun and training tool.
I picked up a Garmin Forerunner 301 - uses GPS to compute all ride stats and includes a heart rate monitor. Best part is it's downloadable.
The stock software is OK, I found a better tool called SportTracks - it interfaces directly with the 301 and downloads all ride data. You can track all your stats...
It tracks cumulative mileage on as many different rigs as you want to track too. The 301 works for running also...and any other sport you want to keep track of mileage, altitude, etc.
Screen shot of today's lunch data in SportTracks:
Best of all for the geeks is it plots your rides...and even exports right into Google Earth! If you have not seen Google Earth...then you're missing one amazing FREE utility.
If you've got Google Earth...click on this link and it will open a plot to the ride I did today during lunch from work (9.17 miles):
Here's a screen shot of a flat plot exported from SportTracks to Google Earth:
Same plot but showing 3d plot of Speed:
If you don't have Google Earth...download it and try the above link. It is amazing stuff, be sure to try the "pan and tilt" buttons to see the elevation profile of the plotted GPS tracks.
Now for me to simply put 2 and 2 together...take this cool new tool and actually do some TRAINING so I might be in some semblance of shape for G3!!!!!!!
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