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What We Are All About

Us2We created this blog and website as a place to have fun, blog about our love of running, triathlon, good food, cooking, healthy living, Pilates, and life in general. We also want it to be a place where athletes can come to get the latest information on running and fitness electronics and software. Our emphasis is mainly on running, biking, swimming and outdoor electronics, but anything electronic that is fun and useful in sports is fair game.

 

 

John

By day I’m the vp of engineering at a consumer electronics company in Cincinnati. By night I’m a runner and triathlete who loves cool gadgets. I got started into triathlon six years ago as a way to get some exercise, and I’ve never looked back. Along the way, I started to get more serious about how to measure my fitness progress (or lack thereof :-)), and decided to get a heart rate monitor. Then came the GPS watches, bike computers, indoor trainers, and so it continues. Being the techno junkie that I am, I’ve collected my share of hardware along the way. I’ve learned some things, and made too many mistakes to count. I thought this site might be a good way to share  those ideas and mistakes, and help some people learn about running and triathlon electronics hardware and apps.  I also thought it would be a good way to keep everyone up to date with the latest, coolest stuff, and tell a story or two along the way.

 

 

Katie

From the ages of five to sixteen the only things of interest to me athletically involved ballet shoes and tutus. While dance took more discipline, dedication and physical stamina than one might imagine, I still found myself too intimidated to branch out into the world of sports. When fear eventually took a back seat, a whole new world opened up to me. I started rock climbing and running in college, then in 2006 I moved to Colorado and decided I wanted to give triathlons a whirl, after all that’s what people in Colorado do, right? So I bought a bike and taught myself how to swim with the help of a handy dvd. From there I did my first sprint and olympic distance triathlons. I found the energy and adrenaline of triathlons to be something irresistible! Due to knee issues related to a chronically tight IT band, I had to take a break from running so I started to get into Pilates to help lengthen and strengthen some of the smaller and deeper muscles supporting the skeleton.  In 2010 I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with my wonderful hubby and golden doodle, who we love to spoil and bring on running adventures. I am a Pilates instructor and oncology social worker who loves to dabble in all things athletic! I hope to share with you how my encounters with various fitness electronics have aided in this ballerina goes sporty spice story of mine…

 

James

Growing up I played every sport imaginable. Soccer and track & field (jumps and sprints in particular) were my passions, and I got to be rather good at them, becoming a collegiate letterman in both sports. After graduating from college I moved to Denver, Colorado where I met my amazing wife, Katie (another Fitness Electronics blogger). Katie got me hooked on triathlon.

My first swim was about as far from a thing of beauty as you can get. Now, however, about three-years removed from that flailing day in the pool, I complete (and compete) in distances up to a half-ironman and I hope to add the Ironman distance to my race accomplishments this year.

By day, I am a third-year law student with one semester left. By night and weekend, I swim, bike, run, and strength train. Triathlon filled a void left behind when I hung up my soccer cleats and running spikes. Now it keeps me both physically & mentally healthy as I complete law school, prepare for the bar, and look forward to beginning my career.

I personally feel that the benefit of electronics to a triathlete cannot be overstated. Clearly they are not a necessary part of the sport, but they make the pursuit more enjoyable (underwater headphones) and more precise (heart rate monitors and bike computers) and they fill many other needs in between.

I will blog about workouts that have kicked my butt, nutrition I am trying, and the gear and electronics I use/try/sample/love/hate during my triathlon pursuits.

I am hopeful that my blogs make your pursuit of a fit and active lifestyle easier and more enjoyable.

Happy training.

 

 

 

  22 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Hi,
    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?
    David

  2. To whom it may concern;
    I am writing a report on websites that have in the past reviewed the Suunto Ambit. After thorough research I have been unable to find your monthly traffic report. If you could simply provide me with this number it would greatly help me in my research endeavors. Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Ambit and I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best,
    Lizzy

  3. Hi,

    Just wanted to say thank you. Your website has been generally informative and useful in helping me choose my first bluetooth HRM (well almost!) for my Android phone (HTC One X). I am on two minds between the Zephyr HRM and the Polar H7, with the Polar H7 in the front. The Polar H7 is newer, seems more versatile and is also better value for money (I’ve found a retailer selling it for approx £55). My only concern is about quality. You seem to have done the only Polar H7 review on the net and it has been very positive. In stark contrast is the poor reviews given on Amazon.com (link at the end) for the Polar WearLink+ Bluetooth Coded Heart Rate Transmitter Set (3 out of 5). I know that this is a different product, but my concern is the company’s attitude to quality. Based on the poor review for the Polar WearLink+ why should I assume any different for the Polar H7. On the other hand Zephyr has a better rating on Amazon.com (4 out of 5) and consumers mostly love it. Would love to hear your blog’s expert view on this.

    Thanks,
    Tamer

    http://www.amazon.com/Zephyr-HxM-Delivers-BlackBerry-Smartphones/dp/B002PL33AQ

    http://www.amazon.com/Polar-Wearlink-Transmitter-With-Bluetooth/dp/B004HM0H14/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336226839&sr=8-1

    • Tamer,

      You pose a great question. I took a look on the Amazon site, and here is what I found on many of the reviews. Many of the negative comments were about the apps that were used with the H7 or Wearlink+, not about the HRM strap itself. There were other comments that stated that the Wearlink+ does not work with gym equipment – both the H7 and Wearlink+ have the 5Khz coded transmitter to work with this equipment. There were other comments concerning the distance limitations of Bluetooth. I have found the almost all of the Bluetooth HRM’s have good range, as long as you are not swimming. ANT and ANT+ transmitter use the same frequency as Bluetooth, and suffer from the same issues in water. This is not unique to the Polar HRM’s, but is an issue with all manufacturers. The advantage that we have is that we have all of the HRM straps, so we get a pretty bgood feel as to which ones work and which ones don’t. The Polar Wearlink+ and H7 are made well. They are comfortable, and easy to use, and work as well as any of the other straps out there. We stand by our review.

      I would give the Wearlink+ a try, and if it doesn’t work to your satisfaction, return it. I hope it works well for you.

      Happy Training!

      • Hi John,

        I appreciate your response, especially as I imagine you and the team are doing this in your free time. It was exactly the kind of feedback I was hoping to get. It’s has definitely helped me make up my mind.I have just ordered a Polar H7 and I am really looking forward to adding it to my running kit.
        I recently started running seriously and have been collecting relevant metrics (pace, distance and etc) to help keep me motivated. It’s been an interesting experience so far and definitely an education. I felt collecting heart rate data would be useful and I know your blog has useful article(s) on how best to make use of an HRM, which I will be reading soon.

        Thank you,
        Tamer

  4. Greetings. I currently use a Polar s625 monitor and would like to get an H7 polar heart rate sensor/transmitter and pair it with a smartphone that I have yet to purchase. I’d like to use the H7 because it also works with the s625 watch that I already own. Unfortunately, Polar says the H7 only works with iphones and I would much rather get a Droid Razr Max. Have you hear of anyone be able to use the H7 with a droid? Polar originally said the H7 was droid compatible and the Razr Max can received 4.0 low energy BT transmissions, but it sounds like existing apps aren’t able to pair the H7 with the Razr Max. In the meantime, Polar has changed its description of the H7 to say it only works with in iPhone.

    Any thoughts?

    • Tom,

      Here is what I heard back from Polar:

      Hi John,

      Hope all is well!

      Android OS is not officially supporting Bluetooth Smart yet, some manufacturers have independently made their own implementations (like Motorola for example) we just can’t promise the H7 is 100% compatible with phones/applications that are not fully compatible with the Bluetooth Smart specifications and standardized Heart Rate Profile.

      Right now Apple is the only OS that officially supports standardized BT Smart profiles (in their 4S and latest iPad), that’s why we only list them on our site.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions,

      Chris

      Looks like you could give it a try, but you may be out of luck. I hope this helps.

      John

  5. Hi,

    I use the Strava cycling app. on my Android HTC One X. It is bluetooth compatible. Does the Polar H7 jive with Strava? Will Strava pick-up the transmissin and displa/record it in the Strava applicatiion?

    Thank you..

    Phil

  6. Hello!

    I am looking to buy the polar h7 for use with my iPhone 4S. I’ve seen different reviews for the connection distance. I am not worried about the treadmill, but if I am taking an aerobics class and my phone is in my bag against the wall, will it still read the data from my hrm? Am I better off with a watch model?

    Thank you,
    Lauren

    • Lauren,

      If you are in an aerobics class, and your purse is 20 feet away, I would be concerned that as you move around, and with other people in-between, that the signal may drop out. If this is the case, I would opt for an HRM watch. If the phone is closer, go for the H7.

      Thanks,

      John

      • Thanks John!

        If it does drop out, will it pick right back up when I come back into range or does it have to be reset? I am interested in calories burned so will the occasional drop out significantly affect that?

  7. My “spot” in class is about 10 feet from my bag but we occasionally travel around the room for a few seconds and then return to our spots. During the traveling, my max distance would be 25-30 feet.

    I’m also looking for an armband to take my iPhone on outdoor runs (and could use that during class if my travelling/distance was a problem) but now I’m having second thoughts. Is it bad for the phone to be bounced around on your arm like that? Is it heavy to wear while running/exercising? do you have one you would recommend?

  8. Thanks John! I ordered the H7 and will let you know how it works out. One more thing… Bluetooth headphones. Any recommendations?

  9. Oops, double post. Sorry! I thought I had forgotten to send the first one 🙂

  10. You do a good job but in reading some of your reviews but find nothing about ability of your HRM strap or HRM straps or watches mention use in swimming. Please add a column in your product stats that show if the product is waterproof for swimming.

    Seems to be a huge lack in the HRM industry to make products waterproof.

    Thank you

    Denny

    Example of your chart/columns on HR monitors under $100.

    No column listing if product is waterproof .

    http://fitnesselectronicsblog.com/what-heart-rate-monitor-watches-can-you-buy-for-under-100-bucks/

  11. Hello John, James and Katie!

    I am writing a research paper about Endomondo as a replacement for a personal trainer, and i liked your review about endomondo, I would like to mention you in my research paper, but i would need your last names, if it’s ok with you? I am writing this for school, it’s kind of like a final essay type of thing.

    Best wishes,
    Siim

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