The Ironman is a journey. It isn't something you can just wake up one day and do. All the ups and all the downs during training and preparation come together in one long day. I didn't just wake up one day and decide to try my luck at the race it all started with weight loss but you can read more about that story here.
It's finally here, or close to it at least. IM Louisville takes place on August 24th and the taper period is underway. Since it's my first Ironman I wanted to take the time to experience the entire event and not just the race.
Wednesday I plan on taking a drive around the course to mark any sharp corners or other areas to look out for. I'll be at the Expo both Thursday and Friday as well as any other events for athletes. There are pro talks, Q&A sessions and so much more.
If your interested if following along during the time leading up to the race make sure to check out the Ironman Central page found here. You can also find instructions on how to follow me on race day. Hint, I'll be wearing a GPS tracking device.
Thanks to everyone who has followed the journey this year. It's been one of the most challenging experiences and come August 24th, one of the most rewarding.
* Read about the start of the journey here!
Life is a crazy thing. Just a few years ago I would have never thought in a billion years I'd enjoy running. Ever since the good old days of playing hockey as a youngster I never really enjoyed physical activity. At one point this had gotten so bad that I would take the elevator up to the second floor to my apartment. Climb up those stairs? Let's be real here!
Like most people, I've already begun to get ready for the Door County Triathlon on Sunday July 20th. That means I'm starting to pack up everything while still trying to train all week, seems counter productive I know.
This also means one of the things I'm most excited about this time around has arrived and no it's not a rotten stomach like the last race. It is the My Athlete Live tracking device I just received.
This device will allow you to track me in real-time, all from your web browser or Android/iOS device! Just use the instructions below for your device. As a reminder the race starts at 8:00am central time. The device will be in transition 1 so it will not track the swim. Once I get on the bike it will start moving and be tracking all the way through the end of the run.
1. Navigate to My Athlete Live Event - http://www.myathletelive.com/events/
2. Search for Door County Triathlon
3. Find "Dustin Schmidt" and click
4. Read instructions (let's be honest who does that) and find the "PRESS HERE TO VIEW YOUR ATHLETE" text and click.
1. Download the app from Google Play
Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.myathlete.myathlete
2. Open the app
3. You WILL be prompted to download "Adobe Air" if you do NOT already have it
Download and install the required Adobe Air app when prompt
4. Open the app, again! This time Search by name once opened
1. Download the app from the App Store
iOS App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myathlete-live-tracker/id552369174?mt=8
2. Open Up App and Search by name
In case you missed or are interested in the Door County Triathlon Half Ironman distance maps you can read and find out more about the maps and my plan, here!
Android Wear is here! One of the two first watches is the LG G Watch and it features Google's newest operating system aimed right at wristwatches. Many questions remain about Android Wear in particular. Can it become mainstream, will the masses adopt the need for electronic watches and all sorts of others.
The first thing I personally noticed when I looked at the LG G Watch, was a massive relief. The G Watch looked much better compared to what I was expecting. If the G Watch looks this good I can't imagine what the Moto 360 is going to look like in person. There are no buttons on the G Watch, just the screen. This means that you can't turn it on by itself. The strap is a smooth rubber that actually feels comfortable on the arm. It also functions as you would expect and doesn't give any difficulties when trying to tighten or loosen on the wrist. Finally, the back of the screen doesn't feel sharp or pointy so it doesn't dig into your arm.
Once the device is up and running, mine required a day one update, you get the classic tutorial. The tutorial helps you learn what navigation's can be done with the cards, like left and right swipes to view more info and to toss a card off the device for later. You also get a quick look and how voice commands work but don't expect to get the complete overview on this one as it left me wondering what else could be done.
The first thing I noticed was that many of the notifications were simply what would be found within Google Now on my Nexus 5. This quickly changed once I got to work and started getting bombarded with emails. Heck, this is awesome! I didn't have to go an hour in meetings wondering what had happened, I was quickly able to look at the notification and put my mind to ease that something hadn't blow up that needed a quick fix.
The bus ride to work was also a joy. I didn't have to pull my phone out of my pocket to skip to the next song, simply swipe to the "next" navigation card and I was immediately taken to the next song in my playlist. This may not seem like a big deal but when you have a backpack sitting on your lap and strangers on both sides it can be difficult to take your device out of your pocket just to put it back in.
After only a 12 hour period with the device I'm finding myself wondering if others would pick up on how convenient it is to have? The first set of watches will no doubt make people question if they need to spend $200-$250 on a device that is more or less an accessory. I'm still wondering the same to be honest. A Smartwatch isn't really something that one must have but more of a convenience device. It comes in handy when you don't want to pull out your phone, that is really its main purpose at the end of the day.
I can imagine that as time goes on more and more applications will come out and those use cases will only rise. Eventually reaching the tipping point that having a Smartwatch is almost a must in many people’s eyes. Until that time, I'll enjoy the luxury of being able to get quick bits of information at a glance.
If you’re interested in a long overview and most likely boring, I recorded the LG G Watch unboxing, startup and first thoughts in the YouTube video embedded below.