Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets - iMapMyRun/iMapMyRide
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11-02-08, 04:16 PM
Is anyone using the iMapMyRun/iMapMyRide application for the iPhone: http://www.imapmy.com/?refer=wcsn
11-03-08, 07:12 PM
OK, this app must be new.
Here is the verbage from the website;
"iMapMy (powered by MapMyFitness is a location-based application that uses the built in GPS technology on your iPhone to allow runners, cyclists, (or any outdoor fitness activity) to track their daily training data, including:
Total Distance (in miles or kilometers)
Pace (minutes per km/mile) or current speed
Average Speed / Pace (km/mile)
View your running maps directly on your iPhone
Training Log including Distance, Calories Burned, Time, and Date
Add Your Workout to Twitter
There is no need to buy a separate watch or GPS device, all your training and mapping needs can be met with your iPhone and iMapMyRun/iMapMyRide application. This amazing technology is directly linked to the most powerful social networking, mapping, and fitness training site on the internet today at MapMyRun.com or MapMyRide.com. Our sites are famous for its mapping technology and now with iMapMyRun/iMapMyRide you can instantaneously download and view your maps on the site or in Google Earth, post them to your blog or website, email them to friends, or print them out for an event or group run"!
11-06-08, 01:11 PM
Downloaded it a few minutes ago, but haven't tried it yet. I'll post up what I think of it when I do.
11-06-08, 02:48 PM
I've no experience with it but my friend has used both iMapMyRide and Trailguru. He says both programs are great but prefers the screen interface of Trailguru. Both programs are free so you can't go wrong with either one. I'm constantly amazed at the ingenuity of programmers and the depth of applications that are being added daily to the App Store. I've filled four screens with Apps on my older iPhone (no 3G/GPS, though).
11-13-08, 11:15 AM
I used this for the first time last night:
(click map to view interactive map)
If you zoom in on Mile 2, you'll see that it kinda went nuts there. (The earlier double-back actually happened.)
Then you'll notice that it has my route mapped through the middle of the block, which is correct. I was on a bike path.
From Mile 4 until Mile 6, it's way off. From Mile 6 to Mile 8 it's fairly close, then it skews off again. I mapped it out manually on MapMyRide.com (http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/tx/dallas/264131562182), and got a distance that was about a half-mile longer.
So it's not real accurate, but it's close. It also didn't record one leg of my ride, but that was either because I was low on battery (below 10%), or accidentally touched the screen & stopped it when putting it in my cargo pocket.
I also have Fitnio (http://www.fitnio.com/index.htm) installed & will be checking it out on my next ride.
I tried it once a couple weeks ago. The GPS was lost for several sections of the ride, so the app just guessed a straight line from where it lost the signal to where it picked it up again. (Better than my Garmin Gekko, which assumes that I teleport when it drops the signal.) About a couple hours into the ride the battery bled down to 10% or so, and it turned the GPS off, so as far as it was concerned we stopped 5 miles early. I had the phone in a back pocket. I'm not sure if the GPS just had trouble being against my body or if the problem was just tree cover or cloud cover.
From my experience, I don't think I'd use it again. Perhaps it's useful if you can mount the phone away from your body, and you aren't going very far. No fault of the application, just limitations of the GPS reception and battery life of the phone.
11-18-08, 09:27 AM
So I used Fitnio last night. I lost signal in a heavily wooded area, and when it did so, it simply stopped recording, but picked up again once a signal was found again. It was more accurate, distance-wise, than iMapMyRide, but I haven't been able to log into the fitnio.com site to access any maps that were generated to see how accurate they are.
I've got a couple others I want to try (TrackThing, FirePin, & Where), before I fully decide on one. I'll probably still back it up with a regular cyclocomputer, just to be safe.
11-19-08, 06:03 AM
Having several typical gadgets in 1 package is very handy indeed. The only additional "package" I carry now is 4 AA cells in a pack with a USB socket to keep the iPhone charged. Even with the brilliant screen on all the time, I get about 4 hours use, then a couple more from iPhone's internal battery.
I've been using iTrail (iPhone app along with Trailrunner on macintosh) but having occasional data exchange problems which the developer is (hopefully) trying to track down.
There's no real time map display with iTrail though, so I also use Trackthing which has a real time map display.
As you can imagine, both sets of features together would be nice :-)
It also seems no problem to drop out of the trail recording app & go to say Google maps, or check Bike Forums, as on return to the trail app, it'll just continue where it left off, & as you probably haven't moved whilst using the iPhone, it's fine.
In some ways I prefer the iPhone GPS app's to the ones I've used on WMx PDA's, as it's easier to "pinch out" to get a big picture of where I'm located (as long as there's an Edge or 3G service that is). The other day I had good GPS signal, but no idea where I was, as the phone carrier service strength was so low. A few miles on though & it was ok so I had a map display again.
The fact that I can read the screen in sunshine is such a revelation, as I often had to stop & cup hands over the PDA to see anything previously. It transforms the use of the device for bicycling.
There are indeed loads of useful apps on the Apple Store.
I've tried Fitnio, imapmyride, & EveryTrail, but they seem to have a hard job getting a GPS lock, if ever. Maybe they set the threshold too high.
I'll try a couple of others mentioned, thanks.
11-21-08, 02:00 PM
I've tried Fitnio, imapmyride, & EveryTrail, but they seem to have a hard job getting a GPS lock, if ever. ..
Looks like today's 2.2 iPhone/Touch firmware update (iTunes store) has cured that problem ;-)
So, more testing tomorrow.
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