The whole thing of distance has always fascinated me. Tracking distance may be old school. (Most elite athletes track training time) but for us age groupers, it is always interesting.
I once read that when Polar were researching the development of the footpod. They concluded that most sub elite/age groupers (their target market) weren’t too bothered about GPS (and also some people run in heavily wooded areas also…) but how they performed over the same course. I think the footpod uses some type of micro-ball bearing technology to measure distance.
So I decided to run a test.
The distance to the lane near my house is 2.4 Km (For American readers, thats a mile and a half).
So I ran at a very easy pace with my footpod AND the Nokia N82. (Feeling a little weighed down..)
Here are the results
The footpod showed 2.1km, a max speed of 10.6km/hour and an average of 8.1km/hour
The Nokia N82 2.8km (and some deviations into the surrounding fields also…)
An average speed of 10.4km/hour and a max of 56km/hour. (No I’m not that fast – presumably, it was jumping over a puddle?)
The Nokia results are here
So which is right?
Probably neither – and that’s why elite athletes probably don’t measure distance…
I also used the Nike Sport band – I have got a little further with getting it to work but suffice to say it didn’t. A future post will follow…
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