Bernie Goldbach in Cashel | Screenshot from my iTouch
I HAVE OWNED an essential wearable for nearly two years and realise it is high time to start using it--my Nike+ sensor in my shoe.
I had really good intentions back in 2010 to ramp up my road work, speculating that I might return to 100 mile weeks. That didn't happen and I blamed the technology. I couldn't get two different sensors to connect with my iPod Nano and never checked connectivity with my iTouch. But incessant tweets from others using Runkeeper or other mileage-bashing apps prodded me to see whether iOS6 worked with my sweat-soaked sensor. After resetting the sensor twice (holding it down for three seconds then pressing it once afterwards), the Nike Running app started talking to me.
The same demanding woman commanded, "Walk around" to enable the system to detect my sensor. That nag screen didn't clear so I just launched the Running app, selected my Run Fast playlist, and I headed outside to admire a full moon broken by scattered clouds.
Between tracks, a woman coach said I was walking at a rate of 7:45 per kilometre. I hadn't planned I sweat so I stopped the app and heard an Amazon voice decree, "You crushed it." I guess that's good.
The ultimate good will accrue if I'm able to log a mere 100 miles before New Year's Day 2013. I won't be sharing my mileage count with the world but I've exposed my profile on the Nike+ site for those enjoying this same wearable adventure.