Windows Mobile Apps A Lunch Community for Windows Mobile Phones http://www.lunch.com/WinMobile <![CDATA[ Cycling together with SportyPal]]> Last weekend I did my 40th workout and I beat my first 500km with SportyPal.

I always wanted to have an application like this where I can see my mileage and time when riding my bike. Now when I don’t have that much of a free time, whenever I’m able to take on some near hill with my bicycle I take my phone with me as usual and keep track of my ride as well. Which is very cool, because after coming home I can always know where I have been, how much I have cycled, see on which parts of the route I was slacking…

So, I downloaded Sportypal to my HTC Touch 2, and start recording my cycling trips, in the winter I even used to track my skiing when I went to my winter holiday.

 

The most exciting feature that I found, is the community page on their site.

www.sportypal.com/community is where every sportypal user is able to share their workouts online, with nice map view, statistics etc.

Even start their own group of community and share their workouts in it. Great for teams, runners…

Another very smart attribute is that no matter what type of phone you own, you can see everybody else’s workouts and tracks. So you can find people that are cycling near you, compete with them, comparing your time against them... even become friends with them, and then start jogging, cycling together, especially on finding buddies for long distances.  

 

Like these two workouts that I spot from Norway, they are on the same track from two different users, probably close friends cycling together. Even they have used different type of mobile phones, one with android OS, the other one with WinMo, they can still share and compare their results.

Here is the place where I want to highlight the multiplatform functionality. Which is very beneficial with today’s expansion of the mobile phone technology. There are a lot of new phones hitting the stores every new day. And is great advantage to gain more users worldwide.

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<![CDATA[ Running with my SportyPal]]> “I am NOT an 18-year-old Marine in bootcamp anymore.”
I was reminded of that today by a phone app.

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Today was the second day of my new running program.  I hope I have better luck than I did with my BIKING program!  Let’s see if we can get this running thing going.  I hafta say that day #2 was WAY harder than day #1.  My legs felt heavier and I’m sure I ran slower and less distance.  Well, I’m not **sure** because I wasn’t tracking my progress.

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SportyPal.

I was on Facebook this morning and saw a friend on there and he was using some GPS/Tracking software to keep track of his running, but his was iPhone only and I am a proud iPhobe!  So, I looked around and found an awesome, free app that runs on just about any phone, called Sporty Pal. 

I didn’t think to track on the first day and I wish I did.  On that first day, I was motivated and excited and my legs didn’t really know what was happening, so I just ran.  This second day was a bit more labored and my legs weighed down my pace and my motivation.  I knew I was tracking myself, so I didn’t give up completely.  I did take a couple of breaks and hit PAUSE on the software and then RESUMED the software when I resumed running.  I’m not sure if this is the way that I should do it or not.  Should I let the clock keep ticking?  I also forgot to hit RESUME before one of my sprints uphill.

Using SportyPal

Well, I signed up for an account via their website: www.sportypal.com and then I downloaded the app to my phone and installed. 

The app uses your GPS, so it searches for satellites when you fire it up.  After thay you have a screen where you can choose to do a “New Workout” and from there you have choices of activity including running and biking.  Once you’re all set up, all you have to do is hit START when you’re ready to go.  When you are done with your run, you hit END.  It will then ask if you want it uploaded.  Say “yes” and yJD post running circa 2009our workout is sent to your SportyPal profile.  You can also choose to broadcast the results and stats of your workout to Facebook and Twitter.  Nothing like social networking your stats to say “Hey…I’m out of shape, but at least I’m working on it”!!

While you are running, you can watch the stats in real-time and maybe that will motivate you.  It kinda did me.  I mean, when you watch the average pace creep slower onscreen, you might want to get those feet moving along a bit quicker.  When you feel tired, but see that you’ve only gone so far, you might buck up and keep going.

OK, so here’s the 2.58 mile course  that I ran today, complete with stats.  SportyPal kept track, so I didn’t have to remember!   Lunch wouldn’t let me embed the iframe so you have to click on the link.  Booo.

So, if you see me running ‘round West Hollywood or anywhere else for that matter, the odds have just decreased that I’m running from the law.  I could just as easily be running for excersise and speeding up to impress the little application on my phone.

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