>Gears and Wears>Garmin love and some questions
I've got a fever...
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
And I'm not talking sweet, cute puppy love, I'm talking hot GPS action!
It's my #2 all-time gadget after my iPod w/ video.
1) How do you folks do strides with it? One idea that I think I may have seen here was to basically do your 5-mile run or whatever as the warm-up lap, then have like 10x100 intervals. I like this, except I don't think the Auto-Lap feature works during intervals, and I'd hate to lose that. Any other ideas or techniques?
2) I've set up an old favorite workout of mine in the advanced workouts, the one described here. In a nutshell, it's all time-based with intervals of (5-5-3-3-1-1)x2. I usually embed these intervals in a longer run, with an arbitrary 1~2 mile warm-up and arbitrary 1~2 mile cool-down. How do I add these "arbitrary" steps to an advanced workout? Do I just hit start, and then activate the advanced workout when I feel like doing it after a mile or 2? Can you even have the regular stopwatch and advanced workout running simultaneously? Or is there a way to add an open-ended step to the advanced flow?
3) If there's one gripe I have, it's this -- I don't like the fact that the HR Zones are based on Max HR instead of Heart Rate Reserve, which takes your resting HR into account. I set up my zones like this, just wondering what y'all think (all % are %HRR, not %MaxHR):
Zone 1: 60~70% 132~146
Zone 2: 70~80% 146~160
Zone 3: 80~86% 160~169
Zone 4: 86~92% 169~177
Zone 5: 92~100% 177~188
(based on resting of 49, and ballpark guess max of 188 )
4) Anyone know how to extract the data from MotionBased in CSV format? I know you can do this in GTC, I find that I need the elevation correction that the MB Gravity algorithm provides, as I mentioned here.
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
I would add warm up and cool down steps of what ever distance your "planned max" was for that type of workout. Say 2 miles for the sake of discussion. If after one mile, you felt warmed up enough, you could just hit the lap button to skip to the next step of the workout. Then use the same technique during cooldown. Less button pushing this way, I would think. Regarding whether you can do "stopwatch" plus advanced simultaneous, haven't tried it out specifically, but I don't think you can based on some of my random button mashing.
One idea that I think I may have seen here was to basically do your 5-mile run or whatever as the warm-up lap, then have like 10x100 intervals. I like this, except I don't think the Auto-Lap feature works during intervals, and I'd hate to lose that. Any other ideas or techniques?
Bonkin: Thanks for the strides suggestions. I created a 10x100 workout and am thinking of calling it "Bonkin Strides."
A point I discovered when setting this workout up -- there's a way around the metric/statute units dilemma. On the GTC, if you set the units to metric when you input the workout (i.e. enter 0.10 km), then switch back to statute, the system still knows you meant 100m when it flips over to 0.06mi. How do I know this? Well, I set up a workout this way and when I ran some strides, the Garmin said they were 328 ft in length, which is almost exactly 100m (as opposed to 0.06mi~317 ft). I know, I'm talking about a difference of 11 feet, but geeks obsess over this sort of thing. I think if I set it up to run intervals of 200 or 400m, I'll probably put the whole unit into metric because I can relate to "112m to go" a lot better than I can "367 ft to go"
▲ Wish they had an option to show HR in terms of HRR% (in addition to HR and %MaxHR).
I will say that soon enough, you will find yourself not really looking at the watch and listening for the six little "here come's the next step" beeps.
Have you fiddled with speed zones at all? I was thinking of configuring them kind of like the results you get when you use the McMillan Calculator, at least when it comes to Easy pace, Long run pace, recovery, tempo, etc.
I told you it was scary. That's exactly how I have my speed zones set up.
However, as you note, Auto-Lap doesn't work with advanced workouts so you lose out on your mile splits for your warmup. However, if you program your 3 mile warmup as either:
1. Run 1 mile.
2. Run 1 mile.
3. Run 1 mile.
1. Run 1 mile.
2. Repeat step 1 x 3.
then you get the equivalent of Auto-Lap in your advanced workout.