Comhem acting up again

Pinging www.google.se (74.125.79.99) a few minutes ago gave the following horrifying result.

420 packets transmitted, 323 packets received, 23.1% packet loss

They better start getting their shit together soon.

Update

Not any better today

1629 packets transmitted, 1274 packets received, 21.8% packet loss

Update

After complaining on twitter comHemAB replied, checked and confirmed that there had been a problem in my area, that it looked better now but they still filed an internal issue to look for the root cause.

Comhem is getting better at customer service!

Flottsund-Lunsentorpet-Fläktanstugan 13 km

Open in Google Earth

Yesterday I went for a bit of trail running south of Uppsala.

I ran on the easy to follow (orange markings on the trees) Upplandsleden from Flottsund via Lunsentorpet to Fläktanstugan and back. Made for a total of 13 km of running on a pretty decent trail with lots of tree roots in the wonderful Lunsen forest.

Hopefully I can get hold of a map so I can go for a more circular route next time.

id Software Demos Rage On iPhone

Slashdot Games Story | id Software Demos Rage On iPhone, Releases Source Code For Two Games

”Kotaku has posted their liveblog of the QuakeCon 2010 keynote, with some big announcements by game developer and Slashdot regular John Carmack. Highlights include a video of the id Tech 5 engine (aka Rage) running on the iPhone 4G at 60fps, with claims that it also runs on the iPhone 3GS.

Another hilarious quote from John Carmack was

”The game would have been more enjoyable if people could actually see it.” – Carmack on Doom 3

If you are interested read through the liveblog from the QuakeCon 2010 keynote. Carmack sure has some strong opinions sometimes!

Creating advanced workouts for your Garmin Forerunner

I finally got tired of having the clock continuously complain about too low pulse during the beginning of my heart rate zone based runs.

The beeping usually made me run faster than I wanted from the start just to get to the correct zone instead of doing a proper warm-up. As I have asthma, the warm-up is critical for me so I had to get rid of this bad behavior.

The solution is to create an advanced workout. Don’t worry, it’s much easier than it sounds. However, it requires a program on your computer as the clock does not support the creation of advanced workouts. For this you need to use the Garmin Training Center program.

Download Garmin Training Center here.

Once installed you just do ”New Workout” and create the steps you want in your workout. For my distance runs I have a five minutes slow warm-up as the first step, the actual distance running as the second step, and a slow five minutes cool down in the end.

See the screenshot below.

I had to enter the heart rate range manually because for some reason I didn’t get Garmin Training Center’s heart rate zones to match the ones in the clock, and I’m not sure what the result would be if I used them.

Today I created a Fartlek workout which I did this evening. It ended up being pretty much as exhausting as I thought it would be, but that’s just good!

The fartlek workout uses the repeat function where steps 2 and 3 are repeated 4 times.

When you’re done creating workouts just do ”Send to Device” and the next time you start Garmin ANT Agent and sync with the clock the workouts will be transferred.

Notice that when using Advanced Workouts the auto-lap function is disabled. So you cannot get the time per km during the session or when viewing the session on the computer afterwards.

Happy running!