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Enjoying my New Gadget!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

My heart rate monitor gave out on me about 3 months ago and that has driven me nuts. I spent some time researching a new one, but didn’t find anything I thought I wanted. As determined as I am to succeed on this journey I have a hard time buying things for myself that might end up in a drawer or closet again.

A couple of weeks ago I settled on the display for my BodyBugg instead of a HRM. This tool enabled me to see how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have burned real time without syncing to the computer. In addition, I could get the same info for specific activities with the trip feature. With the BodyBugg display and my HRM strap for gym equipment this helped me get some of the info I was missing.

I have recently started doing 5 to 6 mile hikes on weekends. Some of the trails I am doing are marked with mile markers, but some aren’t. I have really wanted to know how far I was hiking and how hard I was working in addition to the info I was getting from my BB display. This would also be nice to have for my mid-day or evening walks.

So wouldn’t you know it a fellow Sparker posted a blog about their new gadget. They had a Garmin Forerunner 405CX and were thinking about getting the foot pod accessory. This tool and the data you could get from it, is so cool! I am a numbers person and I LOVE data, but this tool is very pricey and I was having a hard time justifying it for myself. Soon after, I talked to another fellow Sparker (LLTS01) and she had the Garmin Forerunner 305 which she highly recommended. This model was a bit cheaper and had the features I really wanted, but I still couldn’t justify the purchase.

I set a new goal recently to complete the C25K program. I felt that if I could complete this program successfully I would have enough justification for my much wanted gadget. Well I hadn’t officially completed week one of the program when LLTS01 forwarded me a post from one of her spark teams stating that the Garmin Forerunner 305 was on sale on Amazon.com. So…I used the sale price as my justification for purchasing the gadget prior to reaching my goal.

Now I have even more reason to finish the C25K program. To help push me along I am joining my fellow Northern VA Sparkers on June 5th at the Susan G. Komen Global Race For the Cure 5K. I have signed up as a runner, but I expect to be walking alot since I am still on week two of the C25K program. This will give me a good opportunity to set a personal best time to beat on my next 5K.

That’s right I said my NEXT 5K. I haven’t even completed my first one and I am already
committing to a second. I think setting future goals like this will help me reach my overall goal of getting healthy and staying healthy.

As for my new gadget, I love it! I love the information that it provides. Recently I have been using it to track improvements in time and pace for my weekly C25K run/walks. I am glad I splurged and bought it early!
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  • GAZELK
    You're the second person tonight who loves the 305. I have a GoWear Fit calorie counter like your BodyBugg, also with the display, so about the only thing the 305 would give me is the distance and elevation. How does the calorie counting compare to the BodyBugg? Do you think you need both devices?
    3959 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/8/2010 11:01:13 PM
  • FLMOMX2
    Gadgets are great. Hope you achieve your goal.
    3961 days ago
  • LLTS01
    We sure do love our gadgets. After seeing your display for the BB yesterday, I am seriously thinking of getting one too. OK- I just talked myself into it.

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    3961 days ago
  • K8NJKSMOM
    Sounds so cool! Enjoy your gadget. It certainly is worth it when you are getting such helpful info from it - and a lot of use!!
    3963 days ago
  • TIFFYFANNY
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    3966 days ago
  • ELYMWX
    My wife and I are currently both using FR305's. Like you the FR405CX price is an issue for us, however the big issue is the bezel - the 405's controls are all in a touchscreen bezel around the outside of the face, and while a lot of people online love it, a lot of people have also had issues with it, involve sweat, rain, gloves, loose outer clothing, etc. Given that we're both running (sweat), live in the Vancouver area (rain), and have several months of the year that aren't sunny (gloves and outer clothing) this didn't seem like a good idea.

    The one issue I have with the 305 is its calorie estimation - it is entirely based upon distance and time, rather like the SP run/walk estimators. For indoor exercise (my Insanity program, for example) the 305 is useless. My wife's also found that using it for yardwork is similarly useless because you spend a lot of time in more or less the same place. The 405CX also uses heart rate information, like a more traditional HRM, so can be used as an all-in-one. I'll continue to use my Suunto T3c for my non-run/non-walk exercise.

    However then there's the other issue - while the 405CX is in the form factor of a watch, it still has a similar volume of electronics inside it as the 305, so it would be impractical to wear everyday for a watch. I've gotten used to using my T3c as a watch, so I'm wearing it all the time - it's a bit bigger than most other watches, but it doesn't make me look like a total space cadet!
    3966 days ago
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