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The Dragonfly Tandem Project: Biking from Bangkok to Paris

tandem1There are times when ordinary just doesn’t cut it. You feel a need to do something different…extraordinary…life-changing. Two of our amazing users proved that by setting out to do something that’s completely unexpected and kind of wild, it can lead to the experience of a lifetime. These guys are anything but ordinary when it comes to getting the most out of life. They’ve taken “carpe diem” to a whole new level, while making sure to help others along the way. After a stint as volunteers for a French NGO, one day Victor and Timothée got up and decided that they would take the leap and bike their way back home from Bangkok to Paris. Because, seize the day, right?

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As they prepared to embark on their six month journey, spanning over 16000 kilometers, they couldn’t begin to imagine what lie ahead. It turned out to be the ride of their lives, and after chronicling their incredible expedition from Bangkok to Paris, they finally had some time to sit back and reflect on their awe-inspiring road trip. We reached out to hear all the highs and lows from their experience. Read more

Making excuses for not working out? Take a hike!

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Think becoming a new parent means that you have to put your training on hiatus? Think again. We came across one of our users, Anca, a trailblazing member of “Hike it, Baby”; an organization whose mission is to “get families on the trails with their new little ones, with a special focus on new moms”. Their main rule on every hike is “leave no mama behind” to foster a feeling of safety amongst all the hiking parents.

Anca reached out to us, telling us about her impressive post-baby fitness regime. “I’ve used Endomondo for every walk & hike I did with my baby since he was born and while it took a while to get back into shape, after one year I was finally at the fitness level I used to be pre-baby.”  She is an amazing user, and we are in awe of her dedication to staying in shape and of how she included her baby boy in her fitness. As a contributor to Hike it Baby’s blog, she has also been a great ambassador of our app, and she filled us in on Hike it Baby and their activities. Read more

It’s the 2014 Endomondo Peptalk Awards!

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Many of you may already be using our Peptalk feature to root for your friends while they work out. But some of you may be asking what a pep talk even is? Read more

Running Past Adversity – Peter’s Story

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Sometimes, it takes getting though the school of hard knocks to come out a champion. That’s what happened to one of our users, Peter. He reached out to us, telling us about how one decision to change has made a world of difference. With his permission, we’ve shared Peter’s inspiring story, which is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.

“Hey Endo team,

I was just checking out my Endomondo profile and saw that my first workout is from August 2nd, 2011. At the time, I was at a very personal crossroads in life. I weighed about 100 kg and my daily exercise routine consisted mainly of getting the mail in the morning. I had decided to turn my life around, and so I said goodbye to my old job up and started moving in a new direction. I was also about to move into a new apartment in Aarhus, after having spent a year living in a halfway-house. In short, I faced a lot of challenges which at the time seemed very scary. It was around this time that I also got really tired of the extra weight and of being so out of shape. So, I decided to change my diet and I slowly started shedding the weight. Since I wanted to get fitter, I took up running . I heard about your app through some friends, but I thought that it wasn’t for me because I didn’t want to measure anything due my total lack of fitness, and because my athletic performance was nothing to brag about. I dared myself to install your app anyway and try it out. I quickly discovered that when my pace was slow, it motivated me to continue to try and improve my times and go for longer and longer distances. My first Endomondo workout was approximately 4 km and I remember that I was completely finished and exhausted afterwards! The first several months I was limping around due to my aching legs :) In May of the following year, I ran my first marathon in Copenhagen. This culminated in my participation at IM Copenhagen in August 2014 (pictured above) – three years after my first Endomondo workout.

 His great memories of the past three years

His great memories of the past three years

I know that there are many different factors in my life that made this possible, especially my family and friends who have supported me through all my wild whims and who have always shown incredible and unwavering faith in me. Your app is also part of the reason, and so I’ve wanted to write this email for a long time. Due to a lack of time and the fact that it’s a pretty personal story, it took me a while to pull myself together and send it, but here it is :)

PS. Now I am in the process of advanced studies in the field that I started and I love my new job. At long last, I have finally found my niche in life. Finally, many thanks for your great app, which has helped make all of this possible. I hope you continue your good work with Endomondo for many years to come!”

When we asked Peter about what he’s currently working on, he told us that he is pursuing a career in Health and Social Care. “My job now is about helping people and I love doing that so maybe, just maybe, I will study on and become a nurse, but I’m not sure about that right now”.

We are humbled to have been part of Peter’s remarkable transformation of not only his body, but his entire life. Stories like his make us continue to strive to achieve more in order to pay tribute to our community with the same dedication that keeps us in awe of our amazing users.

Thank you Peter, and tillykke!

The Endomondo Team

Winning Without Losing: Share Your Top Tip to Win!

Balancing work and your personal life usually isn’t an easy task. We all want to be “winning” at everything; have perfect relationships, stay in awesome shape, and still be super-productive at work. But seriously, who has the time to stay on top of it all without neglecting at least one of these aspects? If you’re having a hard time juggling all this, we hear you, and we want to share a winning game plan.

WWL_Cover_POD_low_res_Recently, we had a special guest blogger, Martin Bjergegaard, who shared his tips on how to fit running into a busy schedule. Martin is an expert when it comes to finding the time to stay fit while keeping his work/life balance in check. He is a best-selling author, public speaker and entrepreneur and has written extensively on the subject. So, when we asked him if he would be willing to help enlighten our users on how to achieve this perfect equilibrium, he said “Sure!”

He has agreed to give a few lucky readers a signed copy of his best-selling book “Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life“, and one will also receive a one-on-one personal coaching session with Martin via Skype!

How do we choose who will be the winners of his book and coaching session? Easy. We want to hear what your personal tips are on how you fit workouts into your day. We know our Endomondo community knows how to stay fit, so let’s hear from you! Post your workout scheduling tips on our FacebookGoogle+ or Twitter with the hashtags #WinningWithoutLosing and #Endomondo by Wednesday, September 17th to be eligible to win.

The authors of the best tips will be chosen as the winners, and announced on the 18th of September on our FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter. So, start writing and tell us all the ways you win without losing!

 

Fun at the Color Run!

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Last Sunday, Odense hosted a Color Run. You’ve probably heard of them (or even attended one), but if not, a Color Run is basically a fun 5k run where you start off wearing white, and get blasted with colorful cornstarch powder every time you run through a color station. We had our own run to go to that day in Copenhagen, so we were feeling a little blue that we couldn’t make it. Luckily, a few of our friends were able to go, so they captured some beautiful shots and shared their awesome experience with us! Read more

Jussi’s Road to Ironman – Toughing it out for Doomsday


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In November 2009, Jussi weighted 330 lbs (about 150kg), had metabolic syndrome, early signs of diabetes and felt really out of shape. Now, five years and 2,042 Endomondo workouts later, he has completed the grueling Ironman triathlon twice, run a 53-mile Ultra Run and has lost over 100 pound! Recently, he rowed second place in the Finnish National Championships! It’s safe to say he’s in terrific shape nowadays.

We were amazed by his 180° lifestyle change, so we asked him a few questions about how he managed to get so fit, and see if we could learn a thing or two from his story:

What made you decide to start getting fit?
I was in the prime of my life, but I didn’t feel so great. At the end of 2009, my health started to go downhill – my blood sugar kept soaring and I had painful varicose veins, so I couldn’t manage to even walk a mile. Finally, my belly button popped out due to the amount of fat I had put on around my stomach. That was my wake up call.

At that time, the Mayan End-of-the-World (21.12.2012) was the hot topic in the news. I decided that on that date, it would be the end of my out of shape days. So, I marked the day and made a plan for myself: by the time the world was supposed to end, I would turn myself into an Ironman.

What kept you going?
Well, I had tried fitness plans before, but I couldn’t keep the promises I made to myself. This time, many little things were different. Not only did I have a specific plan, but I had a great friend who got me back on track when I had doubts. My wife and the family kept cheering me on, and there was now a young, 4-legged personal trainer in the house. Our dog demanded longer and longer walks, so I had no choice but to take him out. So, for the first year, it was mostly increasing the number of walks, swims… and then I started running. When I noticed Endomondo in early 2010, I immediately started using it. After doing a workout, it was kind of my proof to myself: I really did it. My friends and I shared exercises, and planned future walks, runs and routes together.

But what I did not realize in the beginning is how the importance of Endomondo grew with each workout I did. So far, I’ve tracked a bit over 2000 workouts with it, with heart rate data, speed, maps, etc. Using Endomondo’s stats, I can easily see what I’ve done, and see how it’s affected my progress. When I’m out there running or biking, I like to go with the flow, but I have to admit that I love checking the stats and trying to understand what made the difference, too :)

So, what are you planning next?
Since the start, I’ve always had a goal for each 3-6 month period. I am not so much into competing against others, but I like the idea of just squeezing myself through a challenge. Something that seems impossible at first becomes possible on second thought. First, it was a half marathon, then a full marathon, Ironman, Ultra Run, and so on. Longer, faster, harder – that’s the motto.
This year has been a year of triathlon. I have already done two half Ironman distances this year, the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge, Maryland, USA, and one here in Finland. Next, I am aiming for my third full distance triathlon on the16th of August. After that, I think I’ll drop my triathlon gear and start running. Not yet sure how far, but I am starting to dream about completing my first 100km Ultra run this year.

Jussi has been writing a blog chronicling his journey since November 2009. It’s in Finnish, but he promised to write a little re-cap in English. You can visit his blog here: http://laskimaija.blogspot.com/

If you would like to follow Jussi as he competes in tomorrow’s full distance triathlon, be sure to check out his profile: https://www.endomondo.com/profile/86193

Keep it up, Jussi! We wish you the best of luck on your upcoming triathlon.

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Love Story: Tracking His Way to Her Heart

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A few days ago, we were contacted by a very happy Endomondo user, Gary, who had just proposed to his fiancée in a really creative way. He decided to track the question using his Endomondo app. We asked Gary how he came up with this unique proposal and he answered that “the seed for the idea for the message actually came from a television commercial I saw where a bicycle courier or the like drew a big heart for his girlfriend.  I can’t remember the sponsor, or how the image made it to the map, but it occurred to me that with Endomondo, you could actually write a message.”

So, as he got ready to pop the big question to his then girlfriend Lorinda, he knew he had to do something “unique and personal and BIG”. He wanted to propose on Lorinda’s birthday, so he planned ahead and spent a couple of weeks with Google maps searching the local area for the perfect spot where he could write out the message. He told us that initially, he wanted to run the route, but that since he had to meet Lorinda for dinner the evening that he planned on proposing, he didn’t want to show up exhausted after the 4 hours he would have had to run to write out the question! We can’t fault him for opting to bike the workout instead. So, armed with his printout of the course he had mapped earlier, he took the afternoon off work, aired up the tires in his bike and headed over to the starting point. He rode the proposal workout and prepared himself to share the question with her that day.

love story 2The big question: “Lorinda, will you marry me?”

At dinner that evening, he confessed that he had taken the afternoon off work and gone for a bike ride without her. He then shared the link to the Endomondo workout and asked her to look at it on her phone. She looked at her screen, immediately saw the message and after getting over the surprise, gave him her answer…”of course!”

For the record, she tracked her response later on too:

love story 3Her answer: “Of course!”

How they met:
Gary and Lorinda were introduced by a friend of Lorinda’s that was a music coach. See, aside from being avid cyclists, this harmonious couple is also part of a musical group. In the start, their bond was purely platonic, but as we all know, friendships often develop into something more. After years of being great friends and making music together, they discovered that they had fallen in love somewhere along the way. When we asked her about the proposal, she said: “Gary is an engineer, and everything he does is uniquely Gary. I had no idea what to expect by way of a proposal from him, but I can tell you that never in a million years would I have dreamed of this! I think it makes it even more special that he spent a couple of hours, rode over 16 miles, and burned over 1000 calories to propose, and if it’s possible, it made me love him even more”. They now live with their cat, Sou, and enjoy cycling as well as just about everything else they can dream up together.

We’re sending a big congratulations to Gary and Lorinda! We wish this wonderful couple a lifetime of happiness, great rides and fun adventures together!

If you want to see them making beautiful music, you can check out one of their performances on YouTube: http://youtu.be/4ML-mNrBvxQ.

Also, if you have an inspiring/fun/unique story that you would like to share with the world, drop us a line. We’d love to hear it!

The Endomondo Team

Inspirational Users – Richard: From Rocky Start To Rock Star!

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We recently received an email from one of our users that has really inspired us here at HQ. We would like to share his story and words of wisdom to hopefully encourage others to follow his example. Richard has been an avid user of our app, and he let us know that by using it, he’s been able to get on track with his personal weight loss goal. We think he has some awesome insight into how someone looking to lose weight can achieve success – just check out Richard’s before and after pictures!

“Hello. My name is Richard Oliver, I am 39 years old.
First off, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your app and its partners are the reason I was able to lose the weight I have, & feel the way I feel. Without you guys I would not be where I’m at right now. When I decided to start my journey, I was 289 lbs. At that moment I weighed myself I realized that this has to stop. I am in the last half of my life am I going to take this with me to the grave. Because I’m watching my calorie intake and expenditure, it is extremely important for me to have a calories burned count based on that. I started out using another fitness app MMF, but I noticed that it counted way too many calories from the beginning. Come to find out its counts are based on the sport and movement versus actual heart rate data.
Using your app, I have been able to more efficiently and more effectively lose weight.

YOU GUYS DID IT RIGHT! You left the nutrition portion out, and left it to the people who focus on it, like you focus on exercise and training. I am 39 pounds down now in total from the 289lbs. I was 283.6 when I started using apps for help. I am only 5’9. I looked in the mirror last night and I have hips, lol, I started crying, seeing this transformation that has taken place. Changing my appearance and my health is the single most powerful experience of my life. Since I was six years old, I’ve been overweight. If can pass some solid advice along to others like me. It’s not a (Diet) that is a filthy dirty word that automatically insinuates you’re going to do something for a period of time and then stop. It is a slight lifestyle change. You don’t change anything else just your diet (diet meaning the foods and amounts you consume.) for good and permanently.

Above all else love yourself; your body will follow:
0: GET ENDOMONDO APP! & USE IT!
1: Get a support system of friends
2: Get a nutrition app for calorie tracking and food journal
2 1/2: start slow; don’t change the foods you eat just how much you eat of them. Don’t try to do everything at once or you’ll fail. After a month or so of just smaller portions, switch to healthier foods.
3: Learn about your BMR (Google it)
4: Learn gross calories vs. net calories
5: DO NOT EAT THE CALORIES YOU BURNED! If you want to lose weight fast.
6: Don’t be discouraged about plateaus; it’s your body adjusting to its new weight. As long as you eat under your BMR you’ll begin to lose weight again in two to four days.
7: NEVER USE THE WORD DIET – I BELIEVE THE WORD ALONE IS DANGEROUS. CHANGING YOUR DIET IS GREAT, GOING ON A DIET IS ALWAYS DISASTROUS, DIETS SAY IM GONNA DRINK LEMON WATER OR JUICES OR PILLS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND STOP. Guess what happens when you stop.
8: THIS IS A JOURNEY NOT A RACE. Races like diets, have an ending, journeys can last a lifetime if you want them to.

THANK YOU ENDOMONDO.
I feel better than I ever have. I have more confidence, I’m happier, healthier, I’m better than I was, period.

Sincerely,
Richard Douglas Oliver II
Thank you for being a part of my journey.”

 

You’re very welcome, Richard! You look awesome! Hearing stories like yours reaffirms our belief that we are on the right track changing the way people get fit, and we wish you continued success on your journey.

Thanks for freeing your Endorphins with us!

The Endomondo Team

Row, Row, Row Your Boat with Endomondo

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Pushing a kayak or canoe into the water for an afternoon is a super way to depart from life’s stressors. But did you know the Endomondo Sports Tracker can come along?

Pick kayaking from the ‘Choose Sport’ menu, click play/start, and the app documents how long a canoeist/kayaker has been out, distance traveled, and general calories burned. And if you run into trouble while on the water, the Endomondo app actually serves as a real-time safety tool others can use to find your last recorded map location.

Ryno Lamont, an Endomondo user from South Africa, said: “I use the Endomondo Sports Tracker on my smartphone to keep me on track paddling the coastal waters of Cape Town. The live tracking feature enables my friends to encourage me with text messages and it provides piece of mind to my family tracking my route progress.”

But before you put a smartphone into a boat, precautions should be taken. First, purchase a dry sack to hold electronic devices. There are many different dry sacks on the market, but think about selecting one that is clear so you can visually check a smartphone while paddling. No matter what brand you selected, leave air in the sack so the package will float if it finds a way into the water. And while this next suggestion may be overly cautious, we also propose people splurge for a waterproof smartphone case. Many such cases are available and almost all cost less than the price of a new phone. And when it comes to protecting your data and gadget, it’s much better to be overly cautious.

Now that you secured your smartphone and can operate Endomondo, here are a few tips for using the app.

1) Turn up the volume on your smartphone before placing it in the watertight bag. This allows users to hear audio feedback, and makes it easier to control music volume if you’re using Bluetooth technology.
2) Once you’ve found a point of interest or obstacle to be avoided, simply paddle in a circle to create a map ‘mark’ noted by Endomondo. This allows users to remember a scenic point or troublesome hurdle, and the notation can be shared with others in the kayaking/canoeing community.
3) Share canoeing/kayaking experience on the Endomondo social fitness network. This allows others to find great paddling places and get insight on tricky spots.

The Endomondo Sports Tracker adds an interesting stratum to canoeing/kayaking that wasn’t available years ago. And the Endomondo social fitness network can generate a worldwide kinship for paddlers never before possible. So shove off and give Endomondo a try, but be sure to keep your smartphone dry.

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