So with gas prices plus the new commute to my trainer's interim barn being problematic for weekly lessons, I decided to get more aggressive about seeing if I could get the Pivo to work for remote lessons. I know many people using it successfully, and Jen published a really helpful tutorial (although it's Pivo Cast now, not Pivo Meet I guess?), so I figured that was a good jumping off point. T volunteered to be my guinea pig, and we picked an evening after work to give it a whirl. I had already ridden Ruby in the morning so Cinna was my victim of choice. I have excessively bad timing, and the forecast was calling for rain, so we had a pretty narrow window to figure things out before a thunderstorm rolled through.
|Cinna: "what fresh hell is this?"|
It actually went relatively seamlessly once I figured out how to swap from the front facing camera to the back one, lol. T and I had a little trouble with the audio, which could have been either my headphones or the cell reception at her barn, so I plan to practice again with a different pair of headphones and have DH sitting inside on WiFi to see if that solves the problem. I also ordered another WiFi extender for the tack shed, since the WiFi from the house reaches that far but gets dicey in the far end of the arena (my Amazon music gets laggy down there some rides), so hopefully those changes fix the problems and I'll be ready to embark on virtual lessons with TrainerB!
|Me and Cinna thanking T and Karma for their patience at the end!|
I didn't ride for long, just the basics of w/t/c each direction to confirm the Pivo could follow me at various speeds. My phone isn't the latest and greatest/newest model, so that was one of my bigger concerns. It seemed to work okay so I'm comfortable doing some more testing and then hopefully getting something set up with TrainerB! T helpfully pointed out that if I'm not spending the equivalent of the lesson on gas (which definitely happened the last few times 🤢), I could....afford lessons on BOTH horses? Mind blowing, I know. Fingers crossed! TrainerB takes virtual lessons with her trainer (although she was using the Pixem system last time I saw the end of one of hers), so I'm hoping she'll be able to adapt pretty quickly to the Pivo interface!
I'm excited to hear how a lesson goes! I've been toying with the idea of doing Pivo lessons, though I'm still a bit too chicken to approach my favorite professional to see if she'd be willing to teach me from afar. I'm so glad the initial test worked out well!ReplyDelete
When I was trainer searching last summer she actually had remote lessons as an option on her website, which definitely was a tally in the "pro" column - since I knew the drive would be hard to do frequently. She's not familiar with the Pivo software yet but seems game to figure it out once I have my set up finessed!Delete
I really hope it works out for you. FYI Jane does Pivo meet lessons for a client in the U.S. :)ReplyDelete
It's so cool to see so many trainers embracing the technology! I have a friend who takes lessons from someone in Europe 😁Delete
Oh this would be such a great solution!!! I hope it works out!ReplyDelete
Me too! I got the wifi extender and it didn't quite reach so we may end up needing to hardwire a router out there... But I'm going to try it again in the meantime and see how it goes and if the blurry issues were on my end or T's end. I also have unlimited data so I can try turning off the WiFi entirely to see if that works better. Plenty of options!Delete
Oooh I'm interested to hear more! I'd love to try remote lessons with Coach J -- we have similar problems with fuel prices down here in South Africa. Driving to a lesson with J will cost me almost double the price of a lesson :(ReplyDelete
It's Firn, btw. For whatever reason Blogger is convinced I can't log in lately.Delete
Blogger is being so weird lately! Half the time I can't comment on other people's posts at all 🤦♀️Delete