OK I felt good today so back on the bike. the shorts worked great in so far as no seam so no more under thigh irritation. 50minutes riding ZERO pain issues. I now have most of the pain issues resolved. still need to tweak the seat as I tend to slide forward a tiny bit (I think that is why the PO had the washers in their so I will put them back once I get longer bolts. I may look into adding some angle iron their as I fear the washers will great a pressure point (not on me on the seat plywood) and be a source of damage. IE the flat on flat "spreads" the load very well.
When I got the first pair of shorts I was certain she sent the wrong ones. no WAY those are going to fit me. they do. quite well actually.
the sack issue I was worried about appears to not be an issue so far (no discomfort so far) although IT WAS pretty cool out tonight which helped a lot. very little sweating and I was pushing pretty hard. kept the heart rate over 140 for over 99% of the ride. (it appears my normal heart rate at 8-10mph is about 140)
here is hoping for a mild winter with a lot of riding in it. maybe I can lose enough weight by next summer for many of these issues to cease to be such issues :-) fingers crossed.
that brings up my other new gadget. I got the mytrek from scosche in. man is that device annoying. GREAT hardware horrible software and they seem to goto GREAT lengths to prevent you from gaining any sort of usable access to your data. the only sites you can export too ALSO lock down the data (No export) and any open methods (e-mail) it send you a png. a picture? really? how pathetic is that.
but the arm band is FANTASTIC I don't even notice it and it appears to work quite well so far. but the non access to data really sucks.
but I think I found a good solution. FINALLY found a program that claims it can "access" the data but its $2 no way to try. no $2 is not much but its principle I spent a lot of $2 bills today trying to get this stinking thing working and lots of "site signups" and crap Grrr
Finally I gave in and said screw it. IT WORKS.
icardio from digifit. got it installed it it found and connected to my mytrek
THEN I had it export the data to me (sadly not directly to strava) but it sent a CSV GPX AND TCX file
the gpx worked but no heart rate data so I tried the TCX and BINGO worked like a charm. got the tracking and speed data AND heart rate data.
I have not tried it on a "ride" yet. the ride I took earlier pooped me out a bit and I got the dream packed up into the van (REALLY need a good solid bike rack this bike is BIG and a PAIN to load into the van :-)
I am going to work tomorrow and will be their for 4 days. I want to ride every night so it goes with me.
I will try out the digifit app tomorrow and see what happens.
its a bit of a pain to do it not as "nice" as strava I have to load icardio get it going do my run. then save sync wait export then upload to strava and this has to be done on the PC not on the droid (I guess i COULD do it on the droid but normal website interfaces are a pain on the droid would be faster to just goto the laptop and upload)
Hopefully I can convince digifit to add a "direct to strava" sync option a FULLY automatic option would be REALLY cool. where it just "does it" on its own in the background but hey beggars choosers. I will take what I can get.
I split the ride in two tonight because I was hoping I could "get" the data from the mytrek and manually sync it somehow. but the mytrek app is really really bad. I switched over to strava and then back to mytrek but instead of reopening the existing instance it opened a SECOND instance (first app that did that) and this caused both instances to be active which stopped both from recording any data at all corrupting that runs data so i stopped both apps and restarted both apps.
so I did about 7.5 miles tonight (not counting the missing bit when I reset both maybe .2 miles or so not a big deal.
I did not find digifit till I was done ripping my hair out trying to get usable data from the mytrek app. its being uninstalled now :-)
Here is a picture of the shorts. its amazing how "small" they are relative to what I normally wear. they fit great though not too tight at all and very comfy.
Here is the mytrek. I had trouble taking pictures of it. it appears the grey portions are reflective! (useless those are on the INSIDE of your arm) then lighting up during the "preflash" caused the camera to under expose.
So I turned off the flash and used the laptop lcd to light it up :-) good enough
I was worried as to whether it would fit but it came with 3 size bands and the largest fits fine. thankfully my arms as big as they are, are no where near as large as my legs :-)
duh I guess I should take a picture of it "on" my arm would give better exposure too.
Fuller report tomorrow when I do a ride using it with the digifit icardio app and then sync to strava :-)
no video tonight. camera was not charges no time to mount a battery and I wanted to get done before dark :-)
my strava and myfitnesspal are all uptodate in the first post.
hopefully this week I will get the scale and be able to #1 know what I weigh and #2 start tracking it :-) would love to get one of them wifi scales (he I am a gadget addict) but it maxes at 396pounds so got to get below 400 first :-)