So, one of my passions in life outside of work is riding bicycles.  I currently have 2 bikes - one is a 2002 Cannondale 900 SL, and the other is a 2000 LiteSpeed Ultimate.  The Cannondale 900 SL is actually a replacement for my beloved Killer V 900 which I raced on through college but was unfortunately stolen from my balcony last year :( 

Anyways, to get down to the technical part of this post... I started training with a heartrate monitor about 2 years ago.  It's a Polar 710.  It kinda sucks that I have to use the Polar Software to do everything, because I think it'd be pretty cool to be able to store that data to Pocket PC's, watch computers, and other electronic toys that don't exactly run the Polar Software.  Well, .I took a look at the format they're using to store data.  It's pretty much straight text - there are the recording parameters at the beginning of the file, but then after that it's the periodic data that the monitor takes every time it does a reading. 

I'm going to munge all this into a nice XML file so I can then feed it to other programs for consumption.  Hehe, isn't technology great?  It can make you faster biker...