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Here’s this week’s edition of the weekly mailbag. This is a weekly series where I feature a handful of the e-mailed questions I received from the previous week or so. I try and pick a wide variety of questions. Some are technical in nature, some sport related, and sometimes all sorts of other randomness – as you’ll see below.
This week’s mailbag covers the following topics:
1) Traveling and Training 2) Garmin 310XT or FR60/Edge 500 Combo? 3) Timex Ironman Global Trainer 4) Mixing Linux and Garmin fitness devices 5) Phone training applications
Question #1: Traveling and Training From Michael-
“I’m about a month into my serious training and things are going well, but I am planning on traveling to Israel for 11 days from July 12-23, and there won’t be much, if any, time to train while I’m there. I planned my olympic race for July 11, figuring I might as well go hard before the break, and I’m on any real taper before that race since it’s more of a check than a goal.
Sounds like you do quite a bit of traveling for work, so I’m wondering if you have any road warrior tips for me. I know I’ll still have about 1.5 months of training when I get back to make up for lost training time, but anything I can do to not lose too much ground would be very helpful. Thanks in advance for your advice!”
Hey Michael – training while traveling can indeed be tricky, but I find it actually a bit of a great break from the normal routine, and usually enjoy it a bit. It affords me the ability to seek out new places to run, or to rent a bike and just aimlessly wander doing stuff like fartleks or intervals. Finding a swimming hole can be both exciting or daunting, but when armed with great sites like SwimmersGuide.com, it’s pretty easy to find a pool anywhere.
But – even better – is that a little over a year ago I wrote a pretty detailed post on how I manage my time while travelling, and how I get each of the three sports accomplished. Hope this helps!
Question #2: Garmin 310XT or FR60 with Edge 500: From Josh-
“I am a tri guy and have been researching the Garmin options for a while. I have small wrists and don’t like the feel or look of big bulky things on my wrist when swimming or running. A training partner has the 310XT and while I am envious of his data, I just can’t stand the size of that thing. So, I have been wondering about the idea of pairing a FR60 for swimming and running with the Edge 500 on the bike. Obviously, this is an expensive option, so I am looking for your thoughts (positives, negatives and anything in between) on how you think this setup would function for a tri guy, both in training and racing. Or do I need to suck it up and get used to the idea of having a 310XT on my wrist?”
That’s a really tough one, but also one of the most common questions I get.
My recommendation is generally to go with the 310XT. It’s just more versatile. Pickup the Edge 500bike mount ($10!) for it (and the 310XT quick release kit) and you’ll essentially have an Edge 500. The Edge 500 and 310XT are actually fairly similar in size when mounted on a bike. And I promise you, you won’t notice the size of the 310XT on your wrist after just a few minutes of running – everyone just forgets about it. Sounds odd, I know, but true. The primary differences between the Edge 500 and 310XT from a cycling perspective is: Increased power meter options on the Edge 500, barometric altimeter on the 500, and ability to see vertical ascent/descent on the 500.
Now this isn’t to say I don’t love the FR60 – I really do – it’s just that in the water it functions basically just like any other stop-watch, so I can make due with a $20 watch from Target there. And on the run, the 310XT really shines (be it indoors or out) with respect to the versatility you have for a wide range of activities, because you aren’t restricted to foot pod data for distance.
Question #3: Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Watch From Andrew…and a few others-
“Are you planning to test out the new Timex Global Trainer GPS that starts shipping soon?”
Yup, I am indeed. In fact, I’ve been in touch with their PR team since last summer about it. And oddly enough, I just talked to them last week. They’ve hit a slight delay which has slid schedules a bit. They aren’t expecting it until early June at this point – but I’ll have one of the first final production units out there to play with and give my feedback on. I’ll be sure to let folks know once I have it in hand! I’m looking forward to it too!
Question/Comment #4: Linux options for those with Garmin’s From Ryan-
Background: One of the challenges that often face Linux users is finding software drivers for the various devices that you’ll find out on the market today. Some manufactures make such drivers available, but others are less willing to do so given the time/development efforts required to support additional platforms. And thus, enters an e-mail from one of my readers this week:
If you go and check out the page you’ll see the developer is starting to support a few devices (such as the Garmin Forerunner 305). Devices that use mass storage drives, such as the Edge 500, typically don’t require additional drivers and thus work more easily out of the box. In any case, if you’re a fan of the penguin – go check it out!
Side note: Lately I’ve been downloading/testing all sorts of different phone applications for being able to track your workouts, and there’s a fewnew entrants into the market as of late as well. As I was putting together this mailbag I happened to get an e-mail from one such company – Strands, about their new iPhone App- which reminded me: What’s your favorite phone training-tracking app? I’m thinking of putting together a bit of a ‘shoot-out’ of sorts between them all at some point, and want to make sure I don’t miss any.
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.