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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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Garmin fēnix 6 – Firmware 15.20

DCR indirectly mentioned that the 15.20 update for the fēnix 6 family included a bunch of new undisclosed features in his walk-through of the Garmin Enduro yesterday. Rollout is in a phased approach currently, but if you want to force it and Express isn’t doing it for you. You can download the “RC“, which should be exactly the same as what you’ll eventually get. I’ve been running it for about a week…

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Garmin Releases Firmware 13.10 for fēnix 6

Fixes and improvements galore in the latest firmware for the fēnix 6 family of fitness watches. Unfortunately Garmin hasn’t provided a direct download, but I was able to encourage it with Garmin Express. That could have been because I was running the 13.00 RC, and the 12.77 BETA before that, both without any showstopper issues. The only niggle that I experienced was that I needed to reboot my phone to get it…

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Garmin releases 12.20 firmware for fēnix 6

The pace of improvements for the fēnix 6 is very impressive. Although, it’s also kind of disheartening that there are still so many issues to fix… I’ve been running the 11.x->12.10 betas without issue, well generally anyway, there are definitely some issues – just nothing that I would consider a showstopper or blocker of basic functionality. Unfortunately, Garmin hasn’t provided a download for 12.20 so we’re reliant on rollout schedules. Although, sometimes…

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I tried Garmin, but the guys…

Yesterday my Garmin fēnix 6 was nagging me about the need for base, which of course I ignored. Hold up, not just because I didn’t want to, but because the Friday morning group ride is supposed to be slow, and laid back. So I figured that it would be easy to ride off the back in something that would approximate a base power output. That was not to be the case this…

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