Sports Technology

So you just got a GPS fitness device for Christmas? Start here: 2013 Edition

Congrats!  So you’ve just unboxed a new GPS watch/device?  Good deal, here’s how you can get started in understanding how best to take advantage of your newfound toy.  Of course, unlike that dessert you’ll eat later on tonight (or, perhaps, … Read More Here

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How to find & create awesome cycling routes in a smarter way

Despite having lived in Paris almost a year now, I’ve rarely cycled outside of my little set of known routes and locales.  Partly because the weather has been so bad this winter that I spent a lot of it on … Read More Here

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How to download Garmin workouts to your tablet (Android, iPad, Windows Surface)

As it stands today, every GPS device available in the sports and fitness world requires a computer in some capacity.  Whether that be initial configuration of the device, updating of the unit firmware, or downloading of workouts.  Some devices such … Read More Here

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How to download free maps to your Garmin Edge 705/800/810

The Garmin Edge series of cycling computers is roughly split into two categories: Those that have a mapping function, and those that don’t.  Mapping in this case means that the units also have routable navigation – just like your car … Read More Here

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So you just got a GPS fitness device for Christmas? Start here: 2012 Edition.

Congrats!  So you’ve just unboxed a new GPS watch/device?  Good deal, here’s how you can get started in understanding how best to take advantage of your newfound toy.  Of course, unlike that dessert you’ll eat later on tonight (or, perhaps, … Read More Here

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Annual Public Service Announcement: How to fix heart rate strap dropouts/spikes

I just wanted to put out a quick post as a reminder for folks that may be running into heart rate strap spiking or dropout issues with colder/dryer weather.  A dropout is when the strap monitoring your heart rate records/displays … Read More Here

What are your favorite Mac sports tracking and log apps?

You’ve been asking for it for a long, long, long time. And while I do make reference to Mac options within most product reviews, I haven’t written up a full post on all the options out there for day to … Read More Here

How to fix heart rate strap chaffing issues

A day or two ago, someone posted to Slowtwitch with an issue where they were getting chaffing issues with the Garmin soft strap, to the point of the skin being red and raw.  This was primarily in the area of … Read More Here

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The Top 7 iPhone Swim, Bike, and Run apps I use regularly and why

While I certainly get offers to test out physical hardware and gadgets quite often – the number of requests to test out apps far outnumbers that by a fair margin.  The challenge though with apps is that many apps are … Read More Here

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Why the New York Times GPS running article missed the boat

Yesterday the New York Times published in print and online a rather bizarre article on GPS running watches, one that essentially concluded that they were an “unreliable running partner”.  Now my goal isn’t meant to defend GPS watches, but rather … Read More Here

A look at Garmin Auto Lap by position for track and circuit loop use

Many of you probably use the most common version of auto lap today for your runs and rides, with it automatically marking laps based on a predefined distance such as every mile or kilometer.  But if you’re doing a course/route … Read More Here

The Garmin ANT+ Footpod Calibration Tool

A bit ago I stumbled upon a really cool tool that allows you to determine your Garmin ANT+ footpod calibration factor based on existing run data that you might have already run with your footpod.  For example, if you’re like … Read More Here

2011 Sport Device GPS Accuracy In Depth: Part II

(Note: If you’re just joining me in Part II, be sure to read Part I, which covers the first half of the tests. Also of note: A few weeks after the test was published Garmin released a new firmware update … Read More Here

2011 Sport Device GPS Accuracy In Depth: Part I

(Also note: A few weeks after the test was published Garmin released a new firmware update that fixes the FR610 issues, and I redid some of the tests here). Last fall to the request of many I put together a … Read More Here

An inside look at downloading FR310XT workouts to the web without a computer

You may remember quite a while back I showed off the Wahoo Fitness iPhone dongle.  This handy dandy little white pod the size of a quarter plugs into the bottom of your iPhone/iPod and allows connections to ANT+ devices such … Read More Here

Tip of the day: Avoid Doing The GPS Dance

Given it’s Friday and if you’re like me by this time of the week you’re probably just looking for a quick read.  So I’m offering you a quick tip that I use to ensure I spend less time waiting around, … Read More Here

So you just gotta Garmin Fitness watch? Start here.

A whole lot of ya just got new Garmin Forerunner’s and Edge devices over the last few days, so I figured what better way to get you all kick-started into the world of GPS running devices than a consolidated post … Read More Here

How calorie measurement works on Garmin fitness devices

There are few topics that cause more confusion, intrigue and general ‘Huh?’ in the sports world than calorie burn.  While many runners or cyclists often estimate calorie burn (and thus cookie allocation metrics) using borderline sketchy back of the napkin … Read More Here

Sport Device GPS Accuracy In Depth: Part II

(Note: If you’re just joining me in Part II, be sure to read Part I, which covers the first half of the tests) As we left off in Part I, the tests thus far had been largely easy.  By that … Read More Here

Sport Device GPS Accuracy In Depth: Part I

Newcomers to GPS sport devices like the Garmin Forerunner or Timex Global Trainer often wonder exactly how accurate the devices are.  And seasoned users occasionally notice small oddities when comparing their run totals between training partners on the same run.  … Read More Here

How to fix cold/dry weather erratic heart rate readings

It’s that time of year again.  No, not that time of year.  Nor that time of year.  But rather, the time of year when your heart rate readings start to resemble a seismic monitor more than a representation of your … Read More Here

A solution to heart rate dropouts/spikes with Garmin HR Soft Straps

You may remember back a few months ago when I published my Top Tips to reduce HR strap issues.  That’s since become a pretty popular posts, especially amongst Garmin Premium Soft Strap HR users. And for the vast majority of … Read More Here

The quick release kit–solving one of life’s great problems

When you first get your Garmin Forerunner 305 or Forerunner 310XT – you’re abound with happy.  Snugly tied to your wrist, life is grand. You can run with it on your wrist, bike with it on your wrist, and even … Read More Here

7 New Sports Technology Companies I’m Watching

If you follow the blog, you know I tend to be pretty interested in what a whole slew of sports technology companies are doing out there.  I often include links to companies I’m watching, or occasionally mention their products or … Read More Here

Understanding Sport Device GPS Elevation Issues

You’ve just completed your out and back bike ride out on the flatlands of Florida, yet your GPS device is telling you that you went out and climbed the rocky mountains.  Why is that you ask?  Well, the answer is…it … Read More Here

Understanding the importance of Garmin firmware updates

One of the more common questions/comments that I answer on many of my review posts are technical in nature – and often times covering specific issues or problems a person is running into.  As a result I end up doing … Read More Here

Choosing your Garmin device data fields

When you first get your new fangled Garmin Forerunner or Edge device you’ll probably be using the default data field views that show commonly used metrics like pace and distance.  After all, these are some of the key benefits of … Read More Here

Troubleshooting your heart rate monitor/strap HR spikes

For those who train with heart rate monitors often, you probably know all too well know the tell-tale sign that your little device is lying to you about your heart rate.  It starts off fairly innocently with a gentle rise … Read More Here

How to create maps/courses for your Garmin Forerunner

One of the most common questions I get is how you can create routes and maps that you can follow on your Garmin device.  Many of the most popular devices support this feature – including the 305/310XT/500/705 – however most … Read More Here

How to train indoors with your Garmin device

This time a year it can be hard to find motivation to go out in the cold (assuming you don’t live or train in Hawaii), so it’s understandable you may be stuck training indoors.  While a lot of you out … Read More Here

Sports Tracks in depth – ten little tidbits

Most of you folks know I love Sports Tracks – I think it’s hands down the best and most comprehensive sports activity management application out there today. (The above uses the Power Analysis Plug-in) Of course, making it better is … Read More Here

How to download workouts/race plans into your Garmin Forerunner/Edge

Just for the fun of it back a little while ago I decided to input my Nation’s Tri bike race plan into my Garmin device.  It was a super-simple two step plan, so I didn’t have to worry about a … Read More Here

Garmin Tip: How to clean the contacts on your GPS

Have you noticed that your Garmin 305 (or similar) takes longer and longer to first initiate a data dump to the computer?  My guess is it’s probably that your contacts that are dirty.  No, not the ones in your eyes … Read More Here

Ten Random Tips for your Garmin Forerunner 305

I wrote up some of these a while back in a comment after a friend got her new Garmin 305 GPS late last year.  But figured I’d clean them up, add a few and put them here for all the … Read More Here