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Garmin Edge 800: friend and foe
With all the excitement of falling in love etc. I have thus far omitted to mention anything about some of the other new toys I’ve been playing with on my Spanish trip. A while ago Garmin sent me their new 800 model to trial, I was petrified of such a technical piece of equipment so hid it in a box at work for a while, but Spain seemed like the time and the place so with much trepidation and much assistance from my fellow cycling buddies i’ve been trying to get myself, and Hercules, at one with this little box of tricks.
Everyone said it would be easy to install, and it is. However, what nobody told me is that the Garmin has a life of its own. Firstly, there is a scary personal trainer function, I have no idea how this works, but presently I think Garmin is telling me that ‘my personal trainer’ is 9,986 miles ahead of me – from the picture he also seems to be laughing in my face.
Secondly, Garmin 800 has been very generous with my milage, currently giving me a total of 99 miles today, I must have been trying a lot harder than everyone else as they only did 70 miles.
So, in summary, I think me and Garmin may need to start afresh when we get home. I ought to read the manual for starters and then maybe programme it in properly. However, bumpy start though this is, I can see the potential, its got all the normal things like speed time, distance (?), etc. but its also got GPS, ordnance survey maps, how high you’ve climbed, training history, the future… and of course, it did have a personal trainer but given that he is now apparently 10.002 miles ahead of me, I’m not sure i’ll be seeing him again.
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