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Missing the rep

I thought it was just a fluke, but it turns out that it’s every, single, lifting workout where my Garmin watch gets the rep count totally, and completely, wrong. Today was a new low, with zero detected repetitions during my “leg/back day” strength workout. How can it be this bad? With some basic searching out of the way, it doesn’t look like I’m alone in this either. The general consensus is that…

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Ride the risk

Processing risk is a really hard thing. We all need to determine what our tolerance is for risk, and what we get from riding, being outside, or moving for that matter. Anyone with stairs in their house is at risk for falling down them. If you have a pet, that risk goes up exponentially. Should we relegate ourselves to a single floor? Just stepping outside carries enormous risk. While there are coyotes…

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Connect is down!?! Government overreach, or fat fingers? We may never know the truth!

I was willing to roll with this whole shut-it-all-down thing, until I found out that included Garmin Connect. I can only hope that this is actually an error, Garmin are working [remotely] as quickly as they can, and it’s not part of our government’s attempt to keep us from riding our bikes or running outside. Because I really need a data fix RIGHT NOW!!! “If there are people out there, and unfortunately…

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Hey Garmin, Fenix 6 Virtual Run activity needs some work

I feel a little bad complaining about a “found feature”, as in I didn’t buy the Fenix 6 because of Virtual Run support, and until it was there, didn’t even know it was coming. With that out of the way, it’s a neat thing, but WOW does it need some work. Multi-sport activity: Yesterday was leg/back day, with a 10 minute run to warm up before hitting the heavy. So in preparation,…

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A mildly dilated right atrium

It’s shallow, I know, but I always look forward to the yearly electrocardiogram (ECG). There’s always that moment when the nurse looks confused, pauses, and then asks if it’s normal for my resting heart rate (RHR) to be below 50BPM. FLEX! Everything was going to plan this year, except that for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the ECG indicated left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). My doctor was largely unconcerned, mentioning something about how…

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As someone who loves data, I don’t get it

I love data, and I love toys. But, speaking as someone who knows what my favorite gears are (50/15 & 50/17) and pays attention to my shift count, I do not get SRAM’s play here. Or, I guess I should say, I understand why they want the data, I don’t understand the value in sharing it with them. Maybe it’s because I’m anal AF, but I know the battery level of my…

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Huh, turns out it was a Garmin issue

I was reasonably confident the Fenix 6/Zwift Running issue was a Garmin issue (take that CSR ;)), and when I woke up this morning to a “Bluetooth software (or maybe firmware, it was early) updated” message on my watch, I made a point to load up Zwift and check it out while making breakfast. In retrospect, I should have pushed the CSR harder, because the answer was actually in the release notes…

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All in on Garmin

Fitbit promised a unified view of me and my activities, but never delivered the detail or verifiability I was looking for. So I’m going to give Garmin a try. Why? Because I’m satisfied with my Edge 530, and I know they have the depth of devices, experience, and data that I want; at least on paper. While I’m not in love with the usability of their products, there’s no denying that they…

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