Moving from the Forerunner 920 to the Forerunner 945: Day 1, Part 1 – Navigating the buttons and menus

I use a Garmin Forerunner 920 in conjunction with a Garmin Edge 520 on the bike. This is a really wonderful combination, especially since many of the new features added in the FR 935 (which I skipped) were bike related, and already resided in the Edge 520. But, I have a need to collect my heart rate during the day, and with the FR 945, it seemed like there was enough maturity of the built-in optical heart rate monitor and additional new “stuff” to go ahead and get the 945. (Note: I need the optical HR only during regular daily activities; for training and racing I intend to keep using the chest straps as they give me more data and cause me no discomfort. I know, lucky me!)

So, I’m going to log my experiences as I switch over to the 945 (meaning, I’m not going to over-edit my writing here!), and in particular I will be looking at it from the standpoint of someone switching over from the 920. Continue reading

Why is this man wearing tri shorts in a running race?

Man running.

This is a half marathon and those are tri shorts.

Runner’s World recently posted a list of the top ten running fashion faux pas that one can commit. As you can see from the accompanying photograph, I have been known to violate Rule # 3, “Tri-Suit in a Single-Sport Race” (I’m guessing Rule #11 would be “Over-Use of Hy-phens”). Continue reading

10 things I wish knew – or was GLAD I knew – before my first triathlon

It’s now spring and traditionally this is the time when mentoring begins for another crop of excited new triathletes heading into their first season. The Saint Louis Triathlon Club Mentoring Program recently asked the members for “what do you wish you knew before your first triathlon”. Here is my list, which is expanded to include the important things that I was fortunate to actually have known beforehand (see #1)! Continue reading

19 Things to Know About Your Garmin 910xt

Well, congratulations! You have a Garmin 910xt Forerunner, an incredibly powerful device with a tremendous number of functions, options, and features, all controlled – somehow – through seven buttons. I’ll assume that you are able to read a manual and follow directions, but in this article we’ll talk about some things that surprised or perplexed me in using the device, and maybe some of these may help you as well. Continue reading