So, I thought I would do a sort of "pay it forward" with my own blog. I've decided to start a new Sunday post called, "The Sunday Sampler." My plan is to share my insights, thoughts, and opinions with you about different things in three categories: fitness (gear/clothing/accessories/etc.), parenthood, and health rotating each category each week. I hope that makes sense! :)
My hope is that I will be able to help you along your adventure just like so many others have helped me. So, let me know what you think! I'd love to read about your perspectives on these things as well! :)
Garmin Forerunner 305
Here is some general info. about the 305. If you want to learn more about the 305, you can find lots of information on the Garmin site or on Amazon.com.
The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS System combines form and function. This combination running partner and personal trainer is designed for athletes of all levels. It features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature, and robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance. The super-sensitive GPS tracks your every move, even working on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. The heart device monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best. Courses feature lets you download recorded courses and compete against previous workouts. Auto Pause pauses and resumes training timer. Lap Memory - 1,000 laps. Rechargeable internal lithium ion battery - lasts 10 hours (typical use). Waterproof - Submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins. Alerts - Time, distance, pace and heart rate.
I bought my Garmin last Christmas when I decided to sign up for my first Half Ironman. I wanted something that I could use in my training and racing. I was new to following a "training" plan and was pretty much clueless about heart rate zones, pace, and cadence on a bike. So I wanted something that would give me accurate heart rate data, speed, pace, GPS data, cadence, etc. Bascially every type of data I would need for running and biking. I already had an Ironman Timex that I used for swimming, so that wasn't a necessity for me.
* It is super easy to use and set up.
* I was worried that it would be uncomfortable on my wrist, but it is actually pretty comfortable to wear. I don't even notice it's there.
* You get instantaneous data during and after your workout.
* The display screen is clear and easy to read.
* You can customize the data fields so it displays whatever you want (ex. pace, time, distance).
* Uploading your data onto your PC is a cinch!
* The heart rate strap is comfortable (see con below).
* In order to use it for racing I found I needed to buy the quick release kit which costs extra money. I tried to just wear it on my wrist to get bike data, but it was difficult to read with my hands in the aero position. The solution: get the quick release kit that attaches the 305 onto the bike where you can then release it and mount it on the quick release strap to run with. I have used this setup in every triathlon and I love it!
* Acquiring the satellite feed can take time in some places, but the longest I've ever waited was a couple of minutes.
* I wish the heart rate strap could be cinched a little smaller. I actually had to cut and resew the strap to make it small enough to fit around my chest.
* The training center it comes with to upload your data is just alright. The maps could be better, but it is great for storing your info.
* In order to use it with your bike you have to buy the cadence sensor which again, costs more money. However, if you don't want to mess with having another bike computer, then this is an awesome accessory.
All in all, the 305 has far exceeded my expectations! I love my Garmin! It has really helped me improve my biking and running, and I can't imagine training without it! I hope this review was helpful.
So, do you use a Garmin for training? If so, how do you like it? If not, what do you use?