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Garmin fēnix 6 – Firmware 21.00

Garmin changed the BETA process for 21.00, and I happily opted in. No major issues to report, but I have been having an ongoing problem with the Training Effect (TE) displayed on the initial activity report since 20.86. Where it shows the TE from the previous activity (or nothing if I rebooted b/w activities) on the first screen, but the correct one when digging into the details (see below). They are claiming…

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Garmin fēnix 6 – Firmware 20.50

The release is mostly bug fixes, and the same as the 20.42 BETA that I’ve been running for a while. But it’s also a good sign that Garmin is still updating the fēnix 6. Fortunately, if you want it, you can get it now. No need to wait for the rolling release plan. 20.50 Full Release Change Log (Since v20.30): Updated the software update process to allow the user to defer the…

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Whoops, epix fail

In my fēnix 7 learning frenzy, I totally missed that Garmin also launched a new epix. The cheat sheet is that it’s a more expensive fēnix 7 with a fancy AMOLED screen. Of course that screen costs battery, both because it’s beautiful, and beauty is never free, but also because there’s no option for solar. My take after looking at several reviews is that if you can stomach the upcharge, get the…

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Garming fēnix 6 – 20.30 Firmware Released

If you’ve been following the 20.x BETA cycling, you’ll have seen a lot of “Improved altitude calibration” entries in the change logs. IIRC, that was the only change, every time :). Having updated to each of these releases, I can attest to the introduction, and solution to many an altitude calibration issue. So if you’re rocking 20.x, you’ll probably want to update to 20.30 either when it shows up for you, or…

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Xert Take The Wheel

If you follow me on Strava, you probably saw this one coming. After thinking about it, and talking to a few people who use a coach, I decided to submit to Xert’s training guidance; at least for the most part. Just to clear some things up, I do think there is tangible value in having an IRL coach. A real person providing adaptive workouts, finding areas for fitness improvement, tips, nutritional direction,…

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Garmin Makes Padel Official With fēnix 6 Firmware 20.00

Padel players can rest easy. It’s official, Padel is now recognized as a sport. Huzzah! Garmin must be in a generous mood because they’ve also extended the same courtesy to Pickleball, snowshoe, tennis (eh?), and HIIT. Good things all around. Serious business aside, the change log for the 20.00 firmware release is massive; new features, improvements, and bug fixes all around. One thing not noted though, is that at least for me,…

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Garmin fēnix 6 Firmware 19.10

A massive jump in major version since the last “stable” release of the Garmin fēnix 6 firmware. Annoyingly, they haven’t released the binaries for the adventurous, and I haven’t been able to make Garmin Express deliver the goods, so I’m still running the 18.80 beta. The major version change sort of makes sense given how many new features were added, although, I’m a bit confused by the number of jumps. The change…

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Garmin fēnix 6 Firmware 16.70

Not much of a change here, mostly just bug fixes, except that Garmin seems to have erased 16.60 from the official change log? I wasn’t able to make it update via Garmin Express, but since it should be the same as the 16.70 RC, you can download the binary directly. 16.70 Chang Log Notes (all changes since 16.60): Improved device name shown when mounted to a Windows computer to be more descriptive.…

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Garmin fēnix 6 16.60 Firmware Released

This is a weird one… Garmin has been BETA/RC testing different revisions b/w 16.00 and the 16.60 version that was released last night for a month or two, but the change log for 16.60 (clearly a different version than the 16.30 I’ve been running for a several weeks now) is sparser than what they documented for 16.10->16.30. I had hoped the strange amount of lag in the release process was Garmin lining…

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Reconciling Garmin Training Status?

One of the reasons I bought a Garmin fēnix 6 was so I could more accurately track my activity levels, which I hoped would lead to better insight into my fitness level, workout recommendations, and a better handle on my training status. What I seem to be getting though is borderline useless… Below is a table indicating the last month of activity: what Garmin suggested, what I actually did, how it impacted…

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