Friday, May 12, 2006

Pedometers

Sheepish asked about how accurate the pedometer is.  Honestly, I don't know.  To be embarrassingly honest, I've never even calibrated the darn thing.  When I say I'm running 8km, maybe I'm actually running a block and a half.  I can say it's fairly consistent - Here are the last few distances on my most common run:

8.36km
8.27
8.27
8.32
8.28
8.20
8.17
8.14
8.28
8.22
8.28
8.22

8.14 is the shortest and 8.36 is the longest.  I'm not doing rocket science here, so factoring in all the changes in the way I run each time, a .24km gap doesn't seem that bad.

I should say that I'm using the Triax Elite, and I'm happy with everything about it except the software, which is pretty pathetic really.  For the longest time, I figured that they must be working on a new program, but I guess not.  They're just happy with the old sad thing.  The watch itself is fine, and nice enough to wear during the day if you don't mind looking like a huge geek (not a problem for me).  The little foot pod (I call it my little UFO) is very light - I never even feel it - and very sturdy.  I've run through puddles and tall grass and up and down rocky hills and all sorts of places, and it's stayed together. 

8 comments:

sheepish said...

I don't actually want to run myself. Sheesh, man. That's nuts. I was just curious. They count strides, right? And you have to know your stride length pretty accurately. Just wonderin'.

Overread said...

hehe

Nah, the one I use has a little foot pod that measures the stride each time you swing your foot. Then it calculates from there. The other good kind actually uses GPS. The little ones you can buy for $10 at Walmart just click each time you bobble your hips - imagine the uses...

sheepish said...

Like I need to spend ten bucks on a device to count to five...

sheepish said...

Oh, wait. Did I really hit "publish". Errr...

Overread said...

HA! err.. umm... [cough] [cough]

BrightStar said...

oh. my. word. !!!!

jayfish said...

how does that compare to the gmap pedometer?

Overread said...

the Gmap has it at about 8.1km, so I guess it's pretty close - that's cool!