My brother is a triathlete. More specifically, he is an Ironman. He’s someone who routinely competes in a grueling competition consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and ends with a 26.2 mile marathon in the course of a day.
Today I’ll be watching my brother compete in the 30th Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii from my computer or iPhone. Unlike past races when I’ve nervously checked updates on the Ironman Live website for any sign he’s been through a transition area after he’s finished the swim, reached mile markers during the course of the bike, or finished half of the marathon course, I can now see exactly where he is at all times thanks to a company called My Athlete.
MyAthlete makes these great little GPS devices that the athletes wear when they are on the bike and run course. MyAthlete combines GPS with real-time cellular data transmission technologies that enables a dedicated race spectator to know the speed, location, and elevation movements of a competitor during a race so I can know exactly where my brother is at all times. The screen I pull up on my browser, whether on my computer or web-enabled phone, tracks not only my brother’s movements, but will also give me the names of athletes close to him as long as they are also using devices from MyAthlete.
Pretty cool stuff. I can’t wait to see it, and my brother, in action tomorrow as he competes in his second Ironman World Championship!
Hmmm….I wonder if My Athlete would sell me one so I could know the whereabouts of Little Miss Techie and Captain Computer all the time? And I know I said I was taking a blogging break but I just can’t stay away!
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