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RunCoach Forums 1998 Archive - RunCoach D

RunCoach Ver 1.0 beta 2d Release

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 8/3/98
Time: 4:33:00 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Hi,

There were a couple of significant bugs in the beta 2c release that escaped testing here. One affects people who use European characters and the other affects current ability calculations for people who enter their date of birth and are over 30 years old. There were also a couple of lessor problems and the full list of changes is appended.

If you are not affected by these bugs then you don't need to download the beta 2d release. For others it is available at http://www.sportscoach.com.au/RUNC10B2.EXE

Regards

Paul

Ver 1.0 beta 2d

- Fixed weekly distance field on the program report to display the distance

- Added the ability to use standard times 23:34:59 for 23h34m59s

- Added a pace display and rearranged some fields in the 'Runs' tab

- Minor fixes to the time and distance entries (eg ability to handle > 2 decimals)

- Fixed the Workout and Location databases to handle European characters

- Fixed the current ability predictor to work with no PB dates

- Fixed a GPF which occurred when you clicked on a month date and exited

- Fixed error in Heart Rate Zone calcs when empty MaxPulse field

- Fixed help file not displaying in Windows NT

- released 31th July 1998


I shattered my PB with RunCoach

From: Joe Rosenfels
Category: Coach
Date: 8/5/98
Time: 4:45:56 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Paul,

I have been using runcoach to train for a 5km race. I have gone thru 3 cycles (programs) of 4 weeks, total 12 weeks. The first cycle was to establish what my current performance is for 5km, I raced a 22m22s on a 21m40s PB. The second cycle set me a target of 21m25s, unfortunately the duathlon I was entered for was change to a bike/run, so my 22m50s was promising as it was after a hard 16k on the bike. The last cycle the target was 21m25s, still using 22m22s as the PB.

Well this time the duathlon was run/bike/run and I shattered my 5k time with a 20m13s!!!

I could not have done this without the concise training programs that runcoach gives.

Thanks Paul.

Joe

Re: I shattered my PB with RunCoach

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 8/5/98
Time: 4:49:04 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Joe,

Well done on your improvement. I am sure your own ability had alot to do with it as well!!

When you do a PB it is fairly hard effort and you normally need about 1 day for every 1.5k of distance. So for a 10k race you need at 6-7 days recovery before starting hard training again.

Also improvement comes in spurts. You will improve rapidly for some time then plateau, then improve, then plateau etc etc. RunCoach Ver 1.0 doesn't know about this (hopefully version 2 will) and so keeps on suggesting improvements. One of these training cycles you might not make the time but don't be disappointed as it will just be a period of consolidation before further improvement.

Regards

Paul


Changing suggested training programs

From: Luis Irmeli
Category: Coach
Date: 8/5/98
Time: 4:57:12 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Paul

I want to know if the program can use the actual training log to make a new or review the current training program that I use for myself using the existing information ? Can the program, if its possible, make a comparision betwen the log and the current program and make recomendations or hints.

Why all the times when I make a new training program for a marathon the program show for a predicted ability a ridiculus goal time. For example if my goal is 3h30m the program estimated 5h58m.

Could it be possible that the program omited some phases in the trainnig program like a phase - base if the runner its an experimental runner or is a runner that have a continuous base.

Could it be possible that the user make a custom training program like what intervals to do , what kind of cross training to do or use the information in the log to make them.

Thanks for your attention

Luis

Re: Changing suggested training programs

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 8/5/98
Time: 5:00:39 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Luis,

In version 1.0 Runcoach doesn't make any comparisons of your current training in suggesting new goals. It does use your training to derive initial estimates of your weekly training and long run distance. It uses you PB's (the results of your training) to determine your current ability.

I am planning in version 2 include analysis of your training together suggestions and hints.

RunCoach uses your PB's to judge your current ability. If you have not entered any PB's then RunCoach will use a default value which is very conservative. Please send me a copy of your backup file (.rbk file) if you have input some PB's and it still gives silly estimates.

The periodization built into RunCoach has 5 phases (base, strength, speed, taper then race). If RunCoach decides that there is not enough time to do a full periodization then it switches to a 'complex' training regime with a 7 day microcycle. It is not possible to override RunCoach's choice manually.

Yes it is possible to make a custom training program. Any value in a program generated by RunCoach can be edited and changed. From version beta2c onwards it is possible to cut and paste days and weeks. (Hover the cursor over a day and right click). You can also clear a week or day and add what you like.

Hope the above helps,

Paul


Can RunCoach develop a bike schedule

From: Joe Rosenfels
Category: Coach
Date: 8/10/98
Time: 11:42:24 AM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Paul,

How suitable would runcoach be: if I generated a bike schedule ie use the same principals of entering distance/ time?

I know I would then have two scehules, one for bike and one for run but I can mesh them by picking the available days for training.

Any plans for a multisport version?

Regards,

Joe

Re: Can RunCoach develop a bike schedule

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 8/10/98
Time: 11:48:48 AM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Joe,

The general principles of any schedule you produce with RunCoach would still hold for bike training. I would be a bit concerned with the long ride distances (maybe a little long). Interval sessions could be easily transferred if you had a stationary cycle, wind trainer, mag trainer etc and used the on/off times rather than the pace. I would also suggest adding (or swapping from other intervals) some hill intervals with the bike as well.

Yes I do have plans for a multisport version but that will happen in version 2.

All the best,

Paul


Information used in Planning a Program

From: Staffan Malmberg
Category: Coach
Date: 8/12/98
Time: 2:43:11 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Hi,

I have the following questions:

1. Is the analysis made by coach dependent on whether I have filled in my daily diary or not? (I haven´t done this yet, only put in my PB). I notice that your training programs always start out easy, as if one hasn´t made any training at all.

2. Does the coach disregard older results in your PB file and only take the most recent into account when making an analysis? Or does this depend on the distance? I mean if I make a result on 42k some month before a result on 21k it looks as if the coach disregard the 21k result completely. Can I put in many results on the same distance?

Regards

Staffan

Re: Information used in Planning a Program

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 8/12/98
Time: 2:47:03 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Staffan,

I will try and help as much as I can.

1. In general the Coach doesn't use the information in the diary to make coaching recommendations. I will be including a more detailed analysis of the diary in version 2 of RunCoach. It does however use the diary to generate initial estimates of your weekly training distance and your current long run distance. If you have no diary entries then the defaults will be low. You can, however, override these suggestions before designing a program.

2. Currently the coach will use the 'best' result in your PB data for the race distance. This 'best' result is chosen by using a result near to the race distance in a logarithmic sense and performed recently and age adjusted. This means the more PB's you enter the better choice RunCoach has. You can enter as many as you like for each distance. Some people use it to record race results, and every result is stored. The DOS version, used multiple PB's with a weighted average approach. I intend updating the windows version to ues a a weighted average approach in the near future.

Regards

Paul


Interval Decoding and total distance

From: Staffan Malmberg
Category: Coach
Date: 8/12/98
Time: 2:51:29 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Paul,

Today I have one question:

intervals 16k 4m10s 1h21m 10minWU, 11*800m @3m20s,r5m30s,10minCD

I believe this means 10 min warm-up, running 11 800m at pace 4m10s. Between every interval I should rest for 5m30s (not jog easily which I do). Last a cool down for 10 min.

BUT, how do you calculate the total distance 16k and the total time 1h21m?

Regards

Staffan

Re: Interval Decoding and total distance

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 8/12/98
Time: 2:53:01 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Staffan,

The interval workout is close to what you describe. The 'r' stands for repeat not rest. This means you start each 800 5m30s after you started the last. I reccomend for most people to jog between each interval.

There are some articles on the discussion database that may be of help

http://www.sportscoach.com.au/runcoachdiscus/_disc1/00000047.htm

http://www.sportscoach.com.au/runcoachdiscus/_disc1/0000005f.htm

The total distance and time are just rough approximations and can be out a long way depending on your warm-up/cool-down times and whether you jog between each interval.

Regards

Paul


Showing planned and actual runs

From: Fabien Bertrand
Category: Diary
Date: 8/17/98
Time: 7:56:19 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Paul,

How can I get RunCoach to keep the schedule it calculated for me in my personal pages ? I can look back to see the figures, but when I fill in my run-data, the scheduled run is not visible.

Fabien

Re: Showing planned and actual runs

From: Paul Shields
Category: Diary
Date: 8/17/98
Time: 7:58:05 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Fabien,

The schedule that RunCoach made for you is stored in your personal area. If you change the current user then the schedule will 'disappear' until you switch back to the first UserID.

You can get RunCoach to display the planned activity for the day in the status bar. Have a look at the bottom left hand part of the screen. If no plan is active then 'No plan active' will be displayed otherwise the daily activity for the current plan will be displayed. To make a plan active, you need to either create a new program or 'Review a Program' (Under the 'Coach' menu item). Once you have the program displayed the click the 'Set' button in the top right hand corner of the screen. This will make the current program the 'current' program. The button should now display 'current'. When you exit this screen the planned run will be displayed in the status bar.

To compare planned verses actual activity use the graphing module.

Hope the above helps

Paul


Upgrade to Beta 2d

From: Jean-Noel Marchalot
Category: General
Date: 8/19/98
Time: 4:33:13 AM
Remote Name: 143.209.18.206

Comments

Paul,

For some reason, I seem unable to follow the right procedure to upgrade from beta 2a to 2d, while retaining all the information, especially the current program.

I downloaded and unzipped the new software, in C:\Program files\Runcoach10b2d, next to the previous version (in C:\Program files\Runcoach10b2a) and copied the Data directory from 2a into the 2d directory, as well as some other files such as some recent backups.

I still can't get the application to find the current program, even after restoring the old database. For some reason, it found an older, 6 month old version of the training program.

Do you have any advice?

Thanks for a great software and your dedication.

Best Regards,

Jean-Noel

Re: Upgrade to Beta 2d

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 8/20/98
Time: 8:50:19 AM
Remote Name: 203.8.222.67

Comments

Jean-Noel,

Thank-you for your positive comments.

The upgrade from 2a to 2d should cause no issues with current programs. The weekly distance will need to be updated but apart from that it should be fine.

It would be great if you could send me a .RBK file of your beta 2a data and I will try and replicate the problem here.

All the best,

Paul


Suggestions and Cash Payment

From: Gerard Kanters
Category: Coach
Date: 8/20/98
Time: 9:03:47 AM
Remote Name: 203.8.222.67

Comments

Hi,

I like your program very much and would like to register it but I don´t have a credit card. Is there another way of payment possible ?

By the way I have some suggestion to improve the current version

- The body mass index does´t take into account wheter your are male or female, but in fact it should.

- In the Beta program I get sometimes ´Floating point´ errors after I used the button ´suggest goal´ trying to create a new training program

- When the program is guessing my current PB based on the history it doesn´t do this gradually e.g. if I change the date of my PB for the 10k from 9 months ago to 8 months ago, it thinks I didn´t improve since. If however it is 9 months ago the program thinks I improved almost 3 minutes !!

Keep up the good work

best regards

Gerard Kanters

Re: Suggestions and Cash Payment

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 8/20/98
Time: 9:09:39 AM
Remote Name: 203.8.222.67

Comments

Gerard,

Thank-you for your positive comments about RunCoach.

You can register also by sending $25 cash or $28 check to the Online Sports Coaching address in the register.txt file:

Online Sports Coaching

39 Fairlane Drive

Carine. WA 6020

Australia

Body Mass Index, before 1996, in the USA there were two different values depending on whether you where male or female. Recently the NIH changed the guidelines, and in doing so found there was no reason to have a distinction between males and females. RunCoach uses the most recent guidelines.

You are the first person to let me know about the floating point errors. It my be due to your data. It would be great if you could make a backup copy ('File'->'Backup') and send me the .RBK file. I could then replicate it here and send you a fix.

The PB prediction system should do things gradually. I can only guess that you have another PB in he system and it is switching between them. If you send me the .RBK file I will look into it as well.

Thank-you very much for the feedback

Paul


New pace field

From: Jean-Noel Marchalot
Category: General
Date: 9/4/98
Time: 4:34:17 AM
Remote Name: 143.209.18.206

Comments

Paul,

Another opportunity for improvement:

When a workout consists of several intervals entered in a table (using the "Details" button), the pace field, as well as the distance and time fields, indicate only the first interval, typically the warmup interval.

Since your application is able to calculate, correctly it seems, the composite pace, as well as total distance and time and display them in the graphs, it should be fairly easy to use these values and display them in the fields.

Thanks for your excellent work.

Jean-Noel

Re: New pace field

From: Paul Shields
Category: Diary
Date: 9/5/98
Time: 10:54:07 AM
Remote Name: 203.8.222.67

Comments

Jean-Noel,

Thank-you for the suggestion. It is a really good idea. I will put it on the improvement list for the beta 3 release.

Regards

Paul


Import Data Files

From: Mike Conley
Category: General
Date: 9/11/98
Time: 10:35:12 AM
Remote Name: 206.66.110.251

Comments

Paul,

I hate to advertise for a company, but I just bought the interface link for the Polar HRM. It works very nicely and the software package included a diary and a advisor to set up training. Your run coach is far superior in setting up a training plan, but it would be great to import the diary directly into the Runcoach as it is also much better and allows more fexibility. There is a lot of common fields and they may be portable directly into run coach.

Running for Life,

Mike

Re: Import Data Files

From: Paul Shields
Category: Diary
Date: 9/14/98
Time: 8:15:37 AM
Remote Name: 203.8.222.67

Comments

Mike,

Thank-you for your positive comments about RunCoach.

As you are probably aware RunCoach can import the .HRM pulse files from a Polar Heart Rate Monitor. These files both update the daily run information as well as store the detailed pulse information. This pulse information can then be graphed, analysed and compared with other Pulse data.

I would be happy to provide import ability from the Polar software as well. To do this I would need a copy of the data structure and some sample data. If you can help me with non copyright samples then I will see what I can do.

All the best,

Paul


Run Coach Beta ver 1b2

From: SL
Category: General
Date: 9/19/98
Time: 6:53:36 AM
Remote Name: 128.158.155.208

Comments

This is the first time I have tried this product and think it makes a good diary, however in Using the Coach function to plan a program I would think that in setting up the plan it should take into consideration the current workouts, as well as PB times. When I entered the plan it told me to start over with 1m workouts at 11min pace. I currently put in 4m at 9min pace 3 times a week and find it to be an easy to medium run for me. I have entered PB times and think that all information should be taken into account when planning a program. If one looks at just the PB then a goal might not look as doable than if you consider the base that already exists. When this is integrated I might consider purchasing the product but otherwise I can keep a log in a notebook and not have to turn my computer on everytime I run. Just my $0.02 though.

Re: Run Coach Beta ver 1b2

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 9/20/98
Time: 3:29:34 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

SL,

Thanks for your positive comments about the diary function.

RunCoach needs to have some information about your current ability before it can produce customized workouts. Often PB's can provide this information. RunCoach adjusts these based on your age, time since the PB and weight. In most cases they provide a reasonable estimate. If you "current ability" indicator in the "Design a Program" screen seems to be out then there are several things you can do. The easiest is to run a time trial over any distance and enter that into RunCoach's PB section. If you provide a date then RunCoach will take it into account in estimating your current ability.

In any case the workouts provided by RunCoach start at your current ability and build towards you goal time and distance. If they are slow at first then they will get harder.

RunCoach does take into account your current mileage, and longest runs. It should build a program based on these fields in the "Design a Program" screen.

Finally you should download the latest version (beta 2d* asterisk) as there have been improvements over time in this area.

Hope the above helps

Paul

PS If you still have problems please back up a copy of your data to a .RBK file and email it to me and I would be happy to look into it.

Re: Run Coach Beta ver 1b2

From: SL
Category: General
Date: 9/22/98
Time: 12:22:46 AM
Remote Name: 128.158.155.208

Comments

I was wrong it is the latest version (downloaded it last Friday and entered the data) was looking at the file name 10b2 and thought that translated into version 1.0b2. Will try what you suggested and see if that works. Thanks.


Problems with program 2d*

From: Greg Steubs
Category: General
Date: 10/11/98
Time: 2:27:20 AM
Remote Name: 152.163.201.187

Comments

Anyone else having problems with this program.

When I downloaded the most recent version of RunCoach 2d* and was unable to get it to run. The program gave me a message saying the evaluation period expired 128 days ago. When I was given the Keycode to run it, it said invalid Keycode and my computer clock is no longer functioning. My clock is running fine. Has anyone else had these serious problems with the program before?

Please help!

Re: Problems with program 2d*

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 10/15/98
Time: 2:04:55 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Greg,

There was a transposition problem with the keycode. Hopefully all is well now.

The 'clock error' is a copy protection mechanism.

Regards

Paul


metric conversion question

From: jennifer98t@hotmail.com
Category: General
Date: 10/18/98
Time: 1:28:59 AM
Remote Name: 192.41.91.144

Comments

I'm just starting to add speedwork to my workout. I currently run 45 minutes 4 days a week and a long run of an hour. I don't have nearby track, but instead use my clip-on pedometer, which is set for miles.

My question: if I want to do 200 meters X 8, how far is 200 meters in miles?

Thanks for your help.

jennifer

Re: metric conversion question

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 10/19/98
Time: 11:16:22 AM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.115

Comments

Jennifer,

Here are some conversions for you

200 metres equals

0.1242742 miles

218.7227 yards (often rounded to 220 yards)

656.168 feet

Hope that helps,

Paul


RunCoach - Pulse - Plans

From: Peder Pedersen
Category: General
Date: 10/26/98
Time: 2:01:48 AM
Remote Name: 193.162.146.43

Comments

Paul

I have started using your program recently and have some comments to the program and questions related to training.

1) PB Using PB-analysis I often find that distance and adj. time does not correspond. In the analysis part you may examine the influence of weight. It would be an advantage if one could enter weight together with distance and running time in PB entry.

2) Ability Predicted ability at a given distance seems to be to affected by PB's on other distances. For 10 k the program predicts 43m in spite of a PB below 41m. For Marathon I can get abilities from 3h9m to 3h29m depending on which PB's I leave for prediction. I believe more weight should be given to PB on actual distance.

3)I have been using HRM for the last 18 months. In order to have a better understanding of the HR readings I've done a "calibration" - running a flat course of 4,1 k with a heart rate within a range of 5 beats and measuring time consumed. In this way I get running pace for Working pulses(WP) of 115-120,120-125,...,155-160.(Max. HR 171, resting HR 42) The data fits well in a linear regression between pace and effort = (WP-RHR)/(MHR-RHR). Using latest test pace I get a coefficient of -0,97.Can you do this kind of analysis in RunCoach? Often I do this type of run at a heart rate of 135 - 140 which means I have a relationship between time and pace at this heart rate. Can improvement over time be extrapolated to fast running at 160-165 in such a way that relatively easy running may be used instead of more stress full test runs of 10 - 12 k to evaluate progress?

4)Training plans The possibility to make training plans is the real strong point in your program. I miss better explanation of hard days: form run – e.g. what is at one with the wind? I had more questions but found the answers in the discussion database. I suggest you include an description in reports work out types. I have planned for a marathon in Copenhagen in the middle of may 1999 that is 33 weeks with 14 weeks base, 8 weeks strength, 9 weeks speed and 2 weeks taper. I’ll be going from present 60 – 70 k per week to 100 – 110 k per week. From my observations in races I think I have a weak point in running up-hill compared to others with same total running time. I intend to change the plan substituting the last 4 form runs with hill intervals. Do you think that is OK or do you have other suggestions?

Kind Regards Peder

Re: RunCoach - Pulse - Plans

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 10/31/98
Time: 9:49:27 PM
Remote Name: 203.59.24.172

Comments

Peder,

I will try and answer each of your questions.

1) There are some adjustments I will be making to the PB-analysis for the beta 3 release. Your suggestion of adding a weight fied for PB entry is one I have on the list and hopefully will make it for beta 3

2) The PB prediction uses the 'closest' PB to your goal one to predict a performance. The definition of 'closest' is a little complex. Firstly it takes the closest in time and log distance. The resulting PB is then adjusted for age and time since the PB. If you have a more recent PB at a distance near (in a logarithmic sense) your goal one then this will be used rather than an older PB at a closer distance.

3) The HR analysis you mention is possible but not implemented yet. Currently you can store the data in a multi-part run or several single runs. I am planning on having a correlation (scatter diagrams) as one of the anlysis tools. This will have the ability to change to type axis scale (eg log or linear). Not in the next beta but the one after.

You can use easy runs to extrapolate faster performance but you wouldneed to know your AT for it to be accurate. Currently RunCoach uses fast runs at one distance to predict performance at another distance. eg a short fast (less stressful) run can predict performance in a longer run.

4) The help information is a bit scarce at present. I am improving it for the beta 3 release. This will provide more context for the descriptions and types of runs.

Feel free to modify the programs RunCoach suggests. You know more about your individual situation than RunCoach. Use it as a guide.

By all means if your race involves hills substitute the form runs with hills. You might also like to look at swapping some of the intervals for hill sessions and for doing your long runs on undulating terrain.

All the best,

Paul


HR data analysis

From: Bruce Arthur
Category: Diary
Date: 10/30/98
Time: 9:30:46 AM
Remote Name: 202.139.4.1

Comments

I have recently purchased a HRM and have been able to enter max HR, avg HR, recovery HR, time below, in and above HR zones into the RunCoach diary. However, once entered, there doesn't seem to be any way to analyse this data over a week or month. The graphing functions don't allow you to plot this data and the export to CSV function doesn't include these fields. Unless I have missed this functionality somewhere, I would suggest that this would be a useful enhancement.

I gather that HR data can be analysed and graphed by importing polar .HRM files. For people who can't afford the Polar interface unit and software, is there any way to manually construct .HRM files to import (ie what is the data structure format).

Keep up the good work.

Re: HR data analysis

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 11/2/98
Time: 9:08:24 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Bruce,

That is a good suggestion! You are right the analysis of HR data is only enabled when you import a .HRM file from the HR monitor.

I will add the HR fields to the graphing options and the CSV export.

Regards

Paul

Re: HR data analysis

From: Bruce Arthur
Category: Diary
Date: 11/4/98
Time: 11:22:51 AM
Remote Name: 202.139.4.1

Comments

In the interim, is it possible to manually create a .HRM file to import and graph the HR details?

Re: HR data analysis

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 11/5/98
Time: 9:48:10 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Bruce,

It certainly is possible to manually create a heart rate file but it is time consuming. You need to enter a pulse for every time increment (eg 5secs, 15secs or 1 min).

I can send you a sample of one if you like.

Regards

Paul


Training Analysis

From: Hugh
Category: Coach
Date: 11/25/98
Time: 5:28:12 PM
Remote Name: 209.18.20.236

Comments

Does the current version (beta 2d) of Run Coach factor weight loss (or gain)in the coach/plan module?

Re: Training Analysis

From: Paul Shields
Category: Coach
Date: 11/26/98
Time: 7:08:07 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Hugh,

RunCoach uses a persons weight/loss gain when analysing differences in pb's. A pb at the same distance and time but at a higher weight is better than at a lower weight. (ie you are fitter).

Currently it doesn't use weight information to develop the plans. This is because no weight information is stored with the pb's. I am in the process of fixing this by adding a weight field to the pb database. The intension is that the beta 3 release will incorporate weight adjustments not just in the analysis section but also in the plan generation module.

All the best,

Paul


Pace calculation / weekly

From: Klaus
Category: Diary
Date: 11/25/98
Time: 6:12:04 PM
Remote Name: 194.113.59.101

Comments

Downloaded evaluation version beta 2d*.

There seems to be an error in the weekly pace calculation via menu graph/weekly/pace, option show values.

Sometimes, it looks like adding the pace of all days of the week and dividing by days-1. Example: 3 running days, pace 5mins, result 7 min30s.

I am entering the daily data independendly from running days. So I find in the daily sum data base dates, where only the daily data is entered and the running data is 0.

Another example: monday only weight and pulse, tuesday running day w/ daily data, pace 6m6s, graph shows pace of 3m3s.

Database fix all doesn't help.

Maybe the pulse and weight calculation has the same problem, have to check.

Regards, Klaus

Re: Pace calculation / weekly

From: Paul Shields
Category: Diary
Date: 11/27/98
Time: 7:55:36 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Klaus,

Thanks for this. Yes there are a couple of minor bugs in the graph averaging. I will be sorting that out in the beta three release.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Regards

Paul


Problem with data entry

From: Bernd Korves
Category: General
Date: 12/7/98
Time: 8:58:54 PM
Remote Name: 147.188.100.198

Comments

I tried inputting my running details for the lasts weekend, but could not enter anything into the distance field. Software told me: "is not a valid date.

The date in the calender also turned from black to green for the days I tried inputting my data.

What am I doing wrong? Any ideas on that?

Re: Problem with data entry

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 12/8/98
Time: 9:07:01 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Bernd,

It sounds like you have some sort of data corruption. RunCoach has been designed to fix these problems. There are both manual and automatic methods. I will describe each but make sure that you have the latest version (beta 2d*) and back-up your data before starting.

Automatic Data Fix

Select File -> Edit Database -> Person. This should then bring you into the data edit screen. Click the 'All' Button in the top row. RunCoach will then try to correct the data. When it has finished exit the screen and try again

Manual Data fix

Select File -> Edit Database -> "any file". This should then bring you into the data edit screen for that file. You can then highlight the entry with no date and delete it. The files that are most likely to be causing date problems are Daily, DailySum, Workout, and WOSets.

If the problem is not fixed then please feel free to email me your backed up data (the .RBK file) and I can then correct it and email it back to you.

All the best,

Paul


Some hints (and comments)

From: Fulvio Pecorari
Category: General
Date: 12/28/98
Time: 7:10:22 PM
Remote Name: 194.20.62.5

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Paul,

I registered RC few days ago because is a great program! I trained for my first marathon four years ago with the help of RC 0.93 and it was great (3:32).

Then the lack of a diary, the platform (DOS) moved me to other softwares. But few weeks ago I discovered that you are still devoloping RC, so I decided to register.

Now some comments and hints.

- The program is too slow compared to other software on the same hardware (Intel 486/50Mhz + W95)

- Sometime RC hangs. In my opinion there are some problems with memory management.

- Entering the % of time above/in/below target HR, is possible to enter values for a sum > 100%

For your development:

- Why don't automatically update PBs when a workout is entered?

- Are you planning a function to update a plan on the basis of the workouts completed?

Good run to all and good programming to Paul.

Ciao

Re: Some hints (and comments)

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 12/29/98
Time: 7:47:31 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Fulvio,

Thank-you for your positive comments about RunCoach. I am glad that you achieved your 3h32m result.

Speed

I am aiming to improve the performance of RunCoach. On Pentium and better machines the performance is okay but it still needs to be snappier. I have focussed during the beta roll-outs on functionality and will speed up the system once we get past the next couple of betas. The beta 3 release will see some performance improvement over the beta 2 versions.

Target % Heart Rate

Some people use these fields to enter the total time in these heart rate zones rather than the percentage time. To cater for both of these options RunCoach does not check that the total sums to 100. I have slightly changed the titles of these fields in the beta 3 release.

Automatic Update of PB's

This is a simple change and is on the agenda for the next release cycle.

Updating Plan based on workouts.

I have some plans in this regard but they will have to wait for the version 2 release. The idea is to modify the training plan as you progress towards your goal based on performance during training.

All the best,

Paul


Time based PB or distance based PB

From: Marv
Category: General
Date: 12/30/98
Time: 10:11:52 PM
Remote Name: 195.121.39.188

Comments

What does the program do with the time based PB or distance based PB? What's the difference?

Thanks!

Keep up the good work!

Re: Time based PB or distance based PB

From: Paul Shields
Category: Diary
Date: 12/31/98
Time: 12:58:22 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Marv,

Thank-you for the positive comments.

A distance based PB is the traditional PB that you would be familiar with. You have a fixed distance, such as 10k, and the time will improve as you better your PB.

A time based PB is a PB for a set time unit. A common time is the 1 hour race. In this sort of race you try and cover as much distance as possible in an hour. In this situation the time is fixed and the distance varies.

RunCoach makes this distinction so as not to create multiple spurious PB's for people who race both time based and distance based PB's.

Regards

Paul


new version

From: gabel kaats
Category: General
Date: 12/31/98
Time: 12:34:52 AM
Remote Name: 195.121.38.197

Comments

When is the next version release? Don't want to rush you! Just curious!!!

Re: new version

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 12/31/98
Time: 1:04:17 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Gabel,

'Real Soon Now'!!

The next version (beta 3) should have been released a few weeks ago. Unfortunately I have been busy with other activities and have not put as much time as expected into RunCoach. The beta 3 release is reaching the final internal testing stages at present and should be out in a few weeks or so. I can't be more specific but hopefully soonish.

The beta 3 upgrade sees many bug fixes and improvements combined with a major upgrade to better handle sports other than running.

Regards

Paul

Re: new version

From: Joern Gehring
Category: General
Date: 1/13/99
Time: 6:32:42 PM
Remote Name: 131.234.92.11

Comments

From my point of view RunCoach has been one of the best supported shareware programs. I hope, this is not going to change :-) BTW, will I get rid of that gridindexoutofrange error with the next release?

Re: new version

From: Paul Shields
Category: General
Date: 1/19/99
Time: 12:22:47 PM
Remote Name: 203.38.32.113

Comments

Joern,

Thank-you very much for the positive comments. I am maintaining support at as high levels as before it is just development progress has slowed a little :-)

The beta 3 version is nearing completion and should be out soon. The grid out of range error will hopefully be fixed.

Regards

Paul


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