The migration has begun…

mb migration

Garmin connect has started migration records for members digest. The first 14 of my rides have been migrated {click on the graphic above to enlarge}. Although I can see my digest, there is no way for me to share it as of now. I can share individual activities. Garmin Connect will continue to evolve. MotionBased thread on this migration. Link to my most recent post.

Latest Garmin Announcement on Garmin Connect

Here it is [my last post with a Garmin update].

April 02, 2009, Garmin says [my “Here it is”  link above has the complete update]:

We’re close, but not quite there.

With each update we are getting closer to the release that will allow all fitness device users to upload to Garmin Connect. As we stated in the last MBlog update on 05 March 2009, we are hesitant to give hard release dates. We’re providing an outline that sums up what to expect in the coming weeks. We ran into some performance problems on Garmin Connect in the early part of March unrelated to the migration. As a result, we focused our energy to fix those problems. No sense in opening the flood gates to Garmin Connect for our MotionBased customers with the new site not performing on all gears.

As of yesterday, we’ve fixed the performance issues at Garmin Connect and will resume the migration process shortly. Our goal is to migrate 80% of activities with the first pass which should take 30 days. We are migrating the newer MotionBased activities first. At this time, many of you will start to see your MotionBased activities appear on Garmin Connect. The full listing will not be available until the Migration is complete, so do not be alarmed if you don’t see everything right away…

No change at Garmin Connect

At least that I can see, or that is being discussed on the MB Forum.  My activities have not yet migrated from MotionBased to Garmin Connect

An admission of an error by Garmin

UPDATE 5 March 2009: We have posted an update to the Garmin Connect Status Page. We are very sorry that we missed this latest deadline and we hesitate to give further updates with promises of release dates. We realize that we have not handled the updates properly and we are sorry for missed release dates and sloppy updates. You the customer deserve better. We do hope to provide better with the migration and release planned for mid-April.  Thank you for bearing with us, and we hope you accept our apologies.

We do hope to provide better with the migration and release planned for mid-April.

I found the above in the MotionBased Blog which seldom get updated. I wonder if the sentence to the right [extracted from the quote above] means the migration is not happening now? From the MB Forum, many Garmin customers/Edge users are frustrated. Many have moved on.

Some are on hold in the hopes that Garmin Connect will meet our data recording needs. Some of us paid for the upgrade to the free MB account to have access all of our activities with more advanced analysis, reports, and mapping — including use of the Analyzer and Dot Racing. The upgrade is to be a part of Garmin Connect [Garmin Connect Plus], which has also been delayed [Garmin’s September 2008 remedy] because of problems with roll out of Garmin Connect. If my dates are correct, Garmin Connect was promised to us in December 2007what a DELAY!

The first version of Garmin Connect is scheduled to launch in October 2007 to exclusively support the recently announced Forerunner 50, Garmin’s low-cost fitness watch, through automatic wireless downloads. The second release of Garmin Connect is scheduled to launch in December 2007 adding GPS support for use with other Garmin products and will inherit the MotionBased customer and activity database, which currently stores more than 1.5 million public activities and is growing at a rate of 3,500 per day.

Now we are left to wait, with no information flowing…

Garmin Connect Update 03/02

Many faithful MotionBased subscribers have been waiting [patiently] for Garmin Connect, the MB replacement. There has been delay after delay. Here is Garmin’s most recent update, posted by runkk on the MotionBased Forum and the MB Garmin Connect Status Page.

We’re close, but not quite there.

The migration process begins on Wednesday, March 4 when we release the next version of Garmin Connect. At this time, many of you will start to see your MotionBased activities appear on Garmin Connect. The full listing will not be available until the Migration is complete, so do not be alarmed if you don’t see everything right away. The Migration will be complete in late March or early April. At that time, the doors will be open to all of Garmin’s older fitness devices.

Curious about what to expect at Garmin Connect? Whether or not you’ve already tried to login to Garmin Connect with your MotionBased username and password, you are encouraged to do so now.

With the March 4 release of Garmin Connect, you’ll be able to click on the Explore tab and peruse the community list of activities. Most of the activities listed are from Garmin Connect, but since the MotionBased Migration will be underway, you will begin to see some MotionBased activities display in the search results.

A few things to remember:

  • Anything uploaded to MotionBased after the migration has completed will not be migrated. You will need to upload those activities to Garmin Connect separately. We will post a date once we feel that most activities have been migrated. We expect that 95% of the activities will make it during the first round of migration.
  • If you don’t see an activity, don’t panic. We are migrating activities by number. Activities will be transferred to your account in sequential order of all MotionBased activities.
  • Some of your activities may not have migrated because they were either large files or had some data peculiarities. We will run several phases of our migration script to eventually get all of your activities from MotionBased to Garmin Connect. In some rare cases, we may not be able to migrate your activity to Garmin Connect.
  • Garmin Connect is using a different methodology to smooth elevation gain/loss compared to MotionBased. As a result, especially for Forerunner devices, the elevation gain/loss numbers will be inflated. We are still working on our smoothing algorithm and intend to run this across all activities at Garmin Connect in the future to more accurately reflect the actual gain/loss.
  • Garmin Connect does not support weather at this time. We plan on introducing this feature at Garmin Connect. When we do, it will run against all past, present, and future activities at Garmin Connect.
  • Garmin Connect does not support the Analyzer, Saved Reports, Dot Racing, or Viewports features found at MotionBased. We plan on bringing these features to Garmin Connect soon. When we do, they will be much more robust and customizable if applicable.
  • Garmin Connect will support the Garmin Outdoor product line in the second half of 2008. In the meantime, we recommend that you continue uploading activities from these devices to MotionBased.
  • At this time, Garmin Connect does not have a premium service. All of the features at Garmin Connect are free. We plan to introduce a premium service later in 2009. MotionBased customers with a premium account will be grandfathered into the Garmin Connect premium service for a period of time at no cost.

Today, it is off to Winter Garden, Florida…

…to ride the West Orange Trail and tour the Big Cat Factory.

Motionbased Data for today’s rides:

We begin by meeting in front of the Edgewater Hotel at 99 W. Plant Street. This year’s ride [20 miles] on the West Orange Trail starts at 9:00 a.m. in Winter Garden and goes to the East toward the Buddhist Temple and loops down to Lake Apopka before returning to the Winter Garden. Noon until 2:00 p.m. is open for lunch and CatChatting. The Big Cat Factory Tour at Big Cat HPV, LLC, 720 Business Park Blvd., Unit 22 begins at 2:30 p.m.


A moment to reflect on my ’08 cycling experiences

To this point, I’ve had two watermark cycling years, 2006 and 2008.

Two-thousand Six is notable because of my three tours [each on my RANS Stratus XP]. The first tour was from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Richmond, Virgina–218 miles, ridden in one day-my first double century. The next was the 9-day, 1,062-mile trek from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Key West, Florida. The 9 consecutive centuries [one 136 miles and another 147 miles, the remainder were between 105 & 115 miles] was fulfilling. The next tour was my Veterans Day weekend trip from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Richmond, Virginia again. These tours, plus my other riding, yielded 5,128 recorded mileage. I am sated with these accomplishments.

Two-thousand Eight is notable because of the various states/districts/provinces I traveled to or through to cycle–19 all total. The District is the District of Columbia and the Province is Ontario, Canada. Even more notable are the people with whom I rode. Many from ‘BentRiders Online Forums [BROL] and others on the majors rides–Bike Virginia, Seattle-to-Portland [STP], of course–RAGBRAI, and Cycle North Carolina. Then there are “family” rides like the Catrike Rally, TOT, and the Niagara Rally. The other rides were Crusin’ in the Country at Claxton, Georgia and FestiVELO [this year at Moncks Corner, South Carolina. I am blessed to have been able to participated in these rides and to have met and ridden with so many cyclist.

Although I had more miles in ’06 and an phenomenal number of centuries, ’08 tops it because of faces I have that now fit the names I know. Thanks to my many friends for the experiences. I plan to continue cycling afar in ’09.

I must also note, that I’ve been fortunate to ride accident free. I’ve had a few cycling mishaps [they are in this blog–no reason to highlight them here]. From the “big picture,” they pale in comparison to what I’ve been able to do. I think I now fit into the category of “senior rider”; but, that is NOT how I feel, nor how I ride.

Just a few thoughts as I reflect on my 2008 cycling experiences…


Jim Artis