Nerd in Paradise
It’s here! My Garmin Forerunner 305 is here!
Actually, it arrived in the middle of last week. I spent some time reading the instructions (!) and, happily, encountered no difficulty using the device for the first time yesterday. So far, my favorite feature is the “auto pause,” which stops the timer when we stop moving, so grazing and photo breaks don’t skew our average pace. I haven’t tried the heart rate monitor yet; I’ll read those instructions next.
According to Garmin, we went 16.13 miles yesterday at an average speed of 4.6 mph. SLOW. However, we climbed 3,000 feet and descended them again, so there was plenty of walking in the mix. Consolation is an excellent downhill trotter, but there’s no point beating up her joints by conditioning that way. Also, I gather that GPS is not entirely accurate in hilly terrain, because it measures as the crow flies and doesn’t account for the extra distance resulting from altitude change (though Google searches fail to confirm this absolutely). The variance estimate I hear most frequently is 10%.
The software that turns rides into maps, charts, and graphs is fascinating. I’ve entered Consolation and Acey as “users.” Let the nerdfest begin!