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Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Started by Shaun Moran Feb 3, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Shaun Moran on November 5, 2013 at 11:42am

As much as I hate to say this - this SUV actually looks like of cool

Comment by Dirk on October 31, 2013 at 12:52pm

99 Bikes is having a "sale" on nutrition including gels. It seems reasonably cheap to me, however I have limited experience in buying these so let me know if there is a cheaper source as I'd be more than happy not to support 99 bikes.

Box of 20 Endura gels - $36.00 - RRP $49.00. Cheaper than Coles at least..
500ML bottle of Endura gel - $34 - RRP $37.99
Gel Flask Endura - $3 - RRP $3.99

Comment by Shaun Moran on September 20, 2013 at 6:56pm

Good post from the always good to read DCrainmaker on an Tri with a difference. In the carpark of a Las Vegas Hotel!

Looks to be a very spectator friendly event maybe with more of this style to come...

Comment by Dirk on January 8, 2013 at 11:37pm

Done another run and a couple of rides, but most importantly, my second swim today.

Was a little bit busier today, a few people in each lap lane, but what Shaun said held true. I just went for the slow one and shared it with the others. While everyone was super laid back and friendly, sharing the lane made it harder for me. I am very absorbed in attempting to refine my technique, breathe enough, and not swallow too much water. When sharing a lane with others I am trying to keep an eye on them too, and it makes it harder.

But the important thing is, I put in another 15 or so 50m laps, and once again had a nice, chilled buzz after. A blissful ride home in the cool breeze :)

Comment by Shaun Moran on January 6, 2013 at 8:44am

You could bodgey up something like this if you want to mount the watch to the bars

Comment by Dirk on January 6, 2013 at 8:18am

Thanks for the tips guys. Had my first swim yesterday at the Sandgate pool. Estelle came too, she did well. Swam about 650m, mostly freestyle, with a break at the end of most laps. I felt that even over the 650m, my efficiency was improving as my body got used to the new movement. Tried to remember a few total immersion tips and implement them, but early days. Really enjoyed it overall, had a great buzz afterward. We rode to and from, of course! 

The Garmin didn't measure my distance properly. Apparently that's because I had short breaks and didn't tell the watch by hitting the lap button at the start and end of my break. If I had just done a turn between each lap, the accelerometer apparently will pick that up and measure the distance properly (thanks Paul). I don't have a quick release, but I may buy one. For the moment I might try and find a cheap and bodgey way to attach the watch to the bars of the bike. Speedy transfer is not required at this early stage.

Oh! Bought a bike yesterday :). 2012 Oppy A4. Thanks for the tip, Travis. They had one left in my size :).

Comment by Shaun Moran on January 3, 2013 at 8:45am

Some good tips in this article including a structured swimming program I might try myself

Comment by Shaun Moran on December 31, 2012 at 6:07pm

Hey Travis - I have the Forerunner 910XT Quick Release kit which has the bike mount. I can recommend it as its fairly cheap ($29 and makes it easy on the road bike to see your speed/cadence/etc.

The downside is that it does make the watch about 2+mm thicker when wearing it on your wrist. Paul does'nt have the QR kit for his forerunner but since he uses tri-bars he just puts the watch on the inside of his wrist and he can see the screen easily. Its a lot harder to see the watch if its on your wrist on a drop/flat bar setup.

Comment by Travis Franklin on December 30, 2012 at 8:33pm

Dirk - I'm gunning for Race C 400m/12km/3km but if my swimming improves then maybe Race B 600m/16km/4km.

Dirk part 2 - do you have a bike mount for your Forerunner?

I did my swim at Chermside pool. I'm not to sure about the whole etiquette thing so I just tried to stay out of everyone's way. I will be signing up for learn to swim classes so I should pick up how to behave ;-)

Comment by Shaun Moran on December 30, 2012 at 8:06pm

Hey Dirk,

Most pools regardless of the time of day have dedicated lap lanes. Often there are a min of three (fast, med and slow). With multiple people you share a lane and swim in a clockwise motion - keeping to the left.

Can get a little annoying at times when people who are slow go in the med/fast lanes or there are really slow people doing breaststroke, backstroke, kickboard training/etc in the slow lane. 

Can recommend you start by setting yourself a goal (eg: 200M) and then do the number of laps required to mee that. Dont worry at first about how often you have to rest at the end of each lap and dont stress if you cant do freestyle all the way - you can break it up with some breaststroke when you are out of breath.

Each week/swim do less breaststroke/ shorter rests at the end of the laps and increase your distance. This is basically how I got into swimming last year.

Paul might have some more specific advice - I kind of wish there was a 'couch to 5k' equivalent for swimming.


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