I had the old trusty red Garmin 305. I'd link up to the mothership and beam down more data than I could ever consume. The only problem was that more and more frequently, the Garmin would lose signal. Fine when I'm talking to someone on the phone and I drop signal, but NOT fine when I'm cranking out 800 repeats.
So, true to form, when my old Garmin started to die, I bought the $400 version that came out only 3 weeks before. The Garmin 910XT. State of the art!
The 910XT is a triathlon watch. In fact, it's essentially an upgrade to the clunky Garmin 310XT (and the 305 before that) It not only can track every single data point imaginable while running, but it can also do the same thing while biking and while underwater. The triple threat! It boasts a 20 hour battery life that will put you through any Ironman training session that you can imagine. It'll track and display pace/elevation/mileage/ pedal cadence/swim stroke/laps/etc etc etc. If you can think it, it does it. And, when you're done doing it, you can upload it online to Garmin Connect or download it to the shitty Garmin desktop software. I prefer the shitty software:
The thing that I really liked about the 910XT, and really the reason I bought it, was that it had a big screen AND it vibrates. I didn't want to be squinting at one of the smaller more watch sized screens when I was plodding along. Besides, I honestly think that there is a bit of a coolness factor with wearing a watch with some "girth". Lets all other runners know that you're serious. But, even though it still has the same size screen as my old Garmin 305, it itself is actually quite a bit smaller and thinner. So, still big enough to see when my oxygen deprived brain
It is thinner too!
Of course, the more I thought about the features of the watch, the more I decided that I wasn't using all of them to their maximum capacity! I'm a runner, sure, and I ride my bike, but I'm not a Triathlete. This was a problem. So, I did some research and found that there are a few distinct things that set Triathlete's apart. First, they shave lots of body parts that I don't. Now, everyone manscapes, but these guys (gals?) take it to another level. So, I decided to dive
Yeah, that wouldn't work
Ok, not so good. So the other thing that Triathletes do is lots of swimming. Since I have a pool in my back yard, I figured this would be easy! Just take a nice cool early march swim with my new Garmin buddy.
Turns out, my water was like 50 degrees. NO THANK YOU.
So, I just threw the watch in there to show you it is water proof. See? Waterproof.
So with my Triathlon career fading fast, I figured that I needed to pair my Garmin 910xt running with at least TWO MORE activities that would justify the higher cost. Since I wanted to be able to do some pretty quick transitions, I tried to focus on things that I did around the same time that I ran (in the morning). What better than to shorten up my morning routine with a little Garmin measured speed work?
First, I tried eating for speed. AKA: Speeting. Don't get me wrong, I was good at it, but I had a lot of trouble with the breathing
Cinnamon Toast Crunch in 30 seconds? Yes!
Of course, the next step would be drinking for speed. AKA: Dreeking. Now THIS is something that the skills could be easily transferable to something worthwhile. Second sport found!
The key is to relax your throat
Next up, brushing for speed. Honestly, this was just messy. Messy for the Garmin, for me, actually don't try this one at home.
My gums sure did get a workout trying to get this done fast. Look at the focus on my face!
Finally....well I think the picture speaks for itself.
I found my 3rd sport!
Overall, I really like the watch. I'm glad that I got a new one before my old one died in a race and really screwed something up important. Honestly, if I'm missing out on some training run data, no big deal, but if I go out too fast during a race and blow up, I'd be furious.
- Vibration on the mile markers so I know when they are even if I have my headphones in
- Super bright, large display
- Features that I'm used to with my 305
- Freaking $400
- I really wish that I didn't have to keep track of a charger and a USB sync device. Couldn't they combine these?
- Did I mention FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS?