Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It's a start

I took my brand new personal Garmin Forerunner 301 out to the track today for my first little run with it. Well, it still has accuracy problems on the track, like I noted before, and it measured the distance via GPS about 11% longer than I calculate it from track laps. That's okay, counting laps isn't so very hard. It has my heart rate zones wrong too, but I can just adjust them in the program online.

It did catch the three times that I had to walk briefly due to a crampy gut. Ugh. Oh well, that's my eighth timed 5K run of the year, instead of the five-miler that I had hoped to complete after two consecutive rest days.

Note that it takes me over half a mile for my heart rate to get up to steady state. No wonder those first couple of laps always feel like crap!!

6 comments:

White Salamander said...

Nothing like gut cramps to add some excitement to what would have been an uneventful run. I'm way behind on tritech stuff so I have no idea what your posted chart is indicating but it looks to be pretty damn impressive.

21st Century Mom said...

It's always good to understand EXACTLY why something makes you feel like crap. Not that it makes it any better - just more comprehensible.

Iron Pol said...

Yeah, but look at all them purdy lines.

I have a Polar HRM that I purchased, found was missing parts, and is now on special order, that I am waiting on.

And a new cycling computer with cadence, which the old one lacks.

All geeky tech things are awesome!

IM Able said...

Love the new gadget! I'm still learing how to use mine the best way.

Knowing that your heartrate is herky in the first 1/2 mile, why not try doing that as a warmup and jump right into your 5K for the next timed session? Could be interesting...

Kylie said...

Good luck with the new toy! I love mine. You can also adjust the heart rate settings in the device (so that the warnings are right and such) if you want. Not sure if you already knew that or not, but feel free to send me a note if you need help with it :)

WADDLER26.2 said...

Too cool! Have fun. It looks great.