Saturday, April 19, 2008
Grrrmin 705 bike computer
I'm really enjoying the features of the Garmin Edge 705 computer with all the bells and whistles. Already I've loved ducking out of the bike path onto the road and using the GPS to get home- I've already discovered great ways to get home that of course I should have known because, well, it's just around the corner, but then again it further justifies the exorbitant price to someone like me.
Several things about today's ride and use of the computer were annoying, due of course to user error, but still it's easier to blame it on the computer which I will now call the Grrrmin.
Grrrmin requires you to hit start and stop which I forgot to do. So this lovely ride today, courtesy of the GPS, was not recorded. I liked the "Avoid Major Roads" feature today which we just discovered- I got freaked out last time I programmed a route because it brought me to a very may-jah road (and yes, I had it on the "bicycle" setting).
So, the avoidance of major roads created a scenic, backroads route to YogoMango, through Harrington Park- very nice! It sent me on this teeny tiny little road and I actually smiled as I turned- it was an adorable little diversion.
Well as I was waiting for Matt and Gray (who were stuck in traffic, haha!) I attempted to find my ride details only to realize I had forgotten to hit start. Annoying. Then I remembered I wasn't wearing my heartrate monitor either. Double Grrr. Oh well.
Fast forward to later- I was at my mother's house and rode home, riding as fast as I could for much of it. I wanted to get a new personal best for this route. I have to say I was pretty happy with myself- there was a significant headwind and I still rode between 20-25 for large parts of it. I especially love the "Grade" feature- I find I'm becoming obsessed with knowing what the %grade is for each section of road- why, I don't know.
I stopped along the way to ask a stopped cyclist if she was ok- she was giving someone directions, so I stood and chatted for a few, waiting for the ridiculously long red light to change. Then I slowed significantly to talk a little with this lady who had just had knee surgery- I offered to pull for her and she sat on my wheel for a little, but then turned off.
I got home and brought Baby up, leaning her against the wall where she stays. A few minutes later, Matt asked if I hit "stop". I had not.
Then I realized my next folly- forgetting to hit stop and chatting contributed a whole bunch of 0 mph to the average speed so as I uploaded the ride I sadly came to realize my average was 7 mph. I was expecting 18-19. Pooh.
Well, when all else fails, read the instructions.
I would love to post a picture of the speed profile but darn if I haven't figured out how to do the simplest of actions on this Mac. Mac lovers, thou have forsaken me.
Posted by Jenni at 6:43 PM