Archive for January, 2010
For this post, I just want to introduce a new feature of my website, http://topocreator.com, which enables you to convert a TCX file into an HRM file. I am a huge fan of the Polar ProTrainer software. The graphs are easy to read, and the number of different types of reports you can generate is amazing. But if you switch from a Polar product to a Garmin fitness product, then you are stuck with the Garmin Training Center which is pretty much laughable compared to the Polar ProTrainer software — not even in the same ballpark. But now you can be free of the Garmin Training Center and convert your Garmin data for use within the Polar ProTrainer software. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you too can convert your Garmin data for use within Polar ProTrainer 5.
- Plug your garmin into your computer using the mini-usb cable.
- Navigate to the following url: http://topocreator.com/polar.php
- Click Browse… and navigate to the GPX folder on your Garmin
- Set your personal params (max hr, resting hr, etc…) for the output HRM file
- Click the “Upload and convert” button
- Save the .HRM file to your Desktop
- Start Polar Pro Trainer
- Double-click the calendar on the correct date
- Click the “Day-information” tab
- Click the “Add New Exercise” button
- Click the “Attach” button and select “Attack from exercise”
- Navigate to your Desktop and select the .HRM file you saved in Step 6
- Fill in any extra information for the ride
Excellent BBL – lots of power and heartrate data in this blog! Read all about it…
Beautiful weather today. I felt absolutely great on the bike and decided to push it hard on a familiar route that I did in the reverse direction to hit up some classic climbs in the Birmingham area. I’ve created a topocreator.com topographic map of the route annotated with the climbs labeled. My favorite part of the ride is Double Oak Way which climbs for 3.1 miles from a starting elevation of about 800 feet and finishes at over 1400 feet. The road is potholed and sections are filled in with gravel, but the road is paved all the way to the top. The most unique part of the climb is the roller coaster section near the top where you crest one of the ridges at 1411ft drop down 93ft with a gradient of -18% bottom out and immediately climb a 20% climb back up to 1433ft. Then you turn around and go back down the 20% gradient and nearly 3/4 of the way up the 18% gradient just coasting! Top speeds are approach 50mph on both short descents because of the steepness. Today I was just shy of 52mph – what a rush!
We have had a record-breaking cold spell here in Alabama and everything is frozen over. Today it was a bit warmer, and tomorrow it may hit 50 so I thought I would take some pictures on my ride today of the once every 20 years icy scenes. Ton of climbing on the ride to get to all the good spots. Check out the map, profile, and photos:
We just wrapped up our annual Christmas trip to the upper midwest, and I finished it up with the three icy rides below:
And here are all the photos from the three rides…
Ride #1 – Shell Lake, WI – 12/29/09
Ride #2 – Northwestern Green Bay Area – 12/30/09
Ride #3 – La Porte, IN to New Buffalo, MI – 1/1/10