Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bug report to support on wrong link in email

Dear support,
I just got an email from you saying I was beaten in a challenge. The message says the profile of the user that beat me, highlighted with a link. When clicking the profile link I am transported to the bkool.com website, and presented to my fitness level tab of my profile.

I suppose this is a bug? Or do you try to demonstrate that my fitness level is so low, and that is why I was beaten?


Web site bug - just a post to explain an error on the website to the support

This is just a post to display a bug on the bkool-website for their support regarding viewing other users profiles.

Monday, 17 November 2014

No Bkool web service - no training?

Time for another session on my Bkool, at least that was my plan. But when I started up the simulator I got this respons: Web server error (BadGateway) So what do I do now? I can obviously not train on my trainer...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Competing with others - the multiplayer feature!

So, it was time to try out another new thing yesterday - the multiplayer feature and the Alpe d'Huez climb. One very cool feature, one very scary climb.

There was only one way to prepare, and that was to dig out the old Mercantone Uno-outfit from the 90:s, pretend that I was light and fast as Marco Pantani and to start to climb...


The climb was harder than I thought, but I never saw any opponents. Again one of those features that made me buy the Bkool that did not work as I expected. I wonder what happened to all the opponents I set up? Let's go through what I did.


Fitness level - how does it work?


[Updated 2014-12-11 with an answer at the end of the post]

When setting up my profile at book.com I was asked to take a FTP test, or UPF. Don't ask me what it stands for... I happened to click a link called FTP test on the site, with the hope of reading more and all of a sudden a test was added to my scheduled work outs. I thought I clicked the wrong link so I went back to the same page, and clicked the link again - so now I have two FTP tests in my schedule. And as I have found out before there is no way to delete scheduled sessions...

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Scheduling sessions - be aware, there is no turning back...

I was on the Bkool site, looking at potential session in the iPad while a preparing lunch. I found a session that looked interesting but when clicked on it I accidently scheduled it as a session I wanted to do.

Oups, that was not the intention. On the page Sessions > Scheduled I now can find it scheduled for tomorrow - the session called "Fartlek"

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Exporting a session from the Bkool site

On the Bkool.com site I can see my the training sessions I've done as well as the planned sessions I have. There is a nice page where I can analyze a session and see data like hart rate, power, speed etc. And also the fictive gps-route if the session contained a map file.

But I keep my main training log in two other places. For me that is Garmin connect, since my main gps-watch is a Garmin Forerunner. The other place is the Swedish social training community called funbeat.se


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Setting up and viewing a training plan with Bkool

So I just tried to set up a training plan in Bkool using the built in tool for plans. "The more information we have about you the better plan we can make". Logical! One preferred input was to do an FTP-test, cycling 20 minutes in 2% uphill to see what the average power is. This will decide your classification, e.g. how good a cyclist you are, and therefore limit the training plans available.

For me, I bought the trainer with an idea to practise for V├Ątternrundan, a 300 km race in Sweden. An initial target is to do this sub 9 hours. Non of the training plans available was near that target... I guess that either
a) I'm in bad shape to start with
b) the training plans available does not fit the type of race I'm targeting.


Conclusion: I would have preferred more things to select from and not being limited to a few training plans. Bkool could have said "we recommend you to take one of these plans" but if I want to go harder I should have the choice.

The beginning - why the Bkool?

In the beginning there was a 41 year old man, me, willing to train and willing to invest in some gadgets to motivate winter training. But also to find an efficient way of training at home when there is little time, e.g. after having picked up kids from school and before preparing dinner.

The training level is far from pro level, but I have a genuine interest in getting better in the sports I do. The sports are all endurance sports in one or other way. Main sport is orienteering, but I love cross country skiing, running and biking as well. After many years riding MTB more than the road bike I have picked up the road bike in 2014 again and wanted to buy a trainer for the winter season, but also for the rest of the year to be able to have a quick training session at home at any time throughout the year.

The Bkool attracted my attention as a competent training tool with instant access to a lot of films and fun sessions that could make training more fun. Reading DCRainmakers post about the first generation Bkool and then the launch of the new version in 2014 - with the promise of 3D visualization of any rout in the world made the deal. I picked mine up from http://www.cyclecomponents.com and got it delivered on November the 4th.