Training Logs

Well its that time of year, time to decide if I'm going to switch training logs for next year or stick with my current one. I thought I should have kept a log of my tests... but I didn't and have abandoned three already. However, one possible winner seems to be Athletix from NormSoft.

Runs on Palm devices including my Treo 650. No waiting around to log training details until I get back to the PC. Heck since I use the Treo as an MP3 player out on runs, and as a phone/camera/MP3(yeah I know..) while cycling... I have it with me on rides/runs.

It is pretty good, has seperate data entry for rides, runs, swimming, health, cardio workouts etc. You can add both locations, types of workouts etc. It has a useful and customisable set of graphs for all workout and other entry types. It can be set-up for Enlish/US or metric measurements. I'm only on the free 15-day trial and will either wrap and scrap after the w/e, or buy then.

[I've find one thing that looks like a bug. Having set my units of measure to English(ie miles), it says in the docs you can change the unit by exercise type, so for swimming I'd like meters but it doesn't change. I've email their support and will take that into consideration when deciding to buy(or not).

Update well it turns out not. If you click directly on the measure you can change it and the distance is automatically converted. All very, very, useful. especially since the totals are kept in what ever unit you use for the last measure. So, say you normally enter miles, but do a race measured in Km. You enter the race in km and it changes all the prior data to match. If you want data kept in one particular distance or other just edit the entry and change it and they are all switched. This doesn't allow you to keep data in mixed distances km/mi within the same activity, but I don't see that as a bad thing. You can of course keep different measures across activities. So km for swimming, and miles for running, cycling etc.

I got a response from Normsoft tech support within 3-hours, pretty good!]

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thanks for the info. i just got a treo 650 and looking for tips. what type of carrying case do you use when you take your treo on runs and bike rides? do you also use this to track your wt lifting? what other things do you track using your treo. txs!
I have three cases. An expensive Piel Frama flip case for normal use. For cycling and running I use cheaper cases. One is a Nike, a sort of generic arm band based neoprene-like case. The Treo fits at a stretch. I put it in upside down and cut a small hole in the bottom right for the antena to stick out. This way the headphone socket is open and easily accessed.

The other case is from those cheap shops you find at airports, sort of everything $10... It has elastic sides and a sturdy clip riveted to the back and is in black leather or fake leather. I use this for running and clip just behind the mid-point on my shorts or training pants.

My biggest suggestion though is on the headphones. My experience with phones and running/cycling is to make sure you only use headphones with a plug that is a tight fit for the headphone socket. You can get lots of adapters but most of these put pressure on the socket in some way or other. These tiny little things are too delicate to take any pressure and will stop working.

After much trial and error, I've settled for the Palm Hybrid headset for the Treo 650. It has an exact sized plu for the Treo 650 socket; it has a long lead; it includes a mic and a button for answer/disconnect and can be used with the phone and MP3 player. I found the ear plugs a bit lose and bought a set of Jabra Ear Gels which fit nicely.

Oh and if you are going to do MP3's, pTunes also by NormSoft who write Athletix, is a great player which has a Graphic Equalizer which is makes the headphones sound much better. Also, plan on getting a 512mb/1GB SD card to store the mp3s on.

I don't do weigtlifting, not enough hours in my life... However, Athletix has data input menus for weightlifting as well as graphs etc. I just did a few dummy entries and I guess its useful.