Fitness Training For Geeks
As you know my latest gadget which arrived yesterday is a Garmin Forerunner 305, which is a GPS enable Heart Rate Monitor training device. The idea is that when you are out running, cycling or doing any other outdoor activity it tracks your precise position and speed using the GPS and records your heart rate using the heart rate monitor so that you can train effectively, or just look at it out of interest.
For me it is a way of encouraging me to get fit again. I used to be really fit, but marriage, fatherhood, mortgage, increasing age and the need to earn money have all got in the way of that, however recently in a bid to reverse the trend I have started running and mountain-biking. Nothing too serious yet, but the new toy could change that as i am now able to track my progress.
I’ve just returned from a little run using it and it seemed to work well. Of course, none of this would be any good without some software to analyse the data so I have been trying out various offerings which I shall report on soon. My favourite at the moment is a program called Ascent from Montebello Software so here is some of the data presented by Ascent from todays run.
Click on any for a larger image. as you can see I’m not fast yet and haven’t covered much distance but I now have a base from which to improve. Also, the tide was quite high so at one point I had to run up and along the pebble ridge at the top of the beach… That of course slowed me down considerably… That is my excuse anyway!