Saturday, 19 August 2017

Double the hills, Double the fun!

Had a nice easy 6k yesterday after the Thursday session.  Today, I wanted to push out the distance a little but staying on the hills so I essentially repeated the hilly part of my 6k run turning it into a 9k with almost 250m of vertical.  I think the new firmware on the Fenix has made a huge improvement to the accuracy of the map plot.

This was pretty much as tough as I expected.  I still have to run-walk the ascent although the proportion of walking continues to shrink.  On the second descent, I stepped on a rock and nearly had a fall.  Fortunately I recovered but, in doing so, overstretched the muscles at the back of my right knee.

At a minimum, I'll take tomorrow off as I have already exceeded the 20 mile target I had for the week.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Session #3 with Stroud AC

Way of the back of the pack still but that's not what's important.  Knocked over 10 seconds off my best lap from last week which is really nice.  I know these improvements are going to come "easy" at this stage and the gains will be more marginal over time.  It's still really nice to see, though.

All of which means that the new Garmin is working well and I was easily able to control it to record the efforts in the session.  I don't notice the weight of the watch any more unless I put the steel strap on it.  

I'm starting to get to know a few people at the club and it's lovely to be running with such a friendly bunch.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A rare London run.

I don't usually run while I'm away.  Not that I can't, not that it's difficult.  I'm just adept at finding excuses.

Made a proper effort this time and went out across Leyton marshes (between the Reservoirs at Walthamstow and the Hackney marshes).  I found it harder than I expected on the back of yesterday so I kept the distance down to about 6k.  This was not a quick session.

Yesterday morning, the Fenix got a firmware update.  I don't know if it's related but getting a GPS fix was much faster and the GPS track seemed to wobble less than before.  It'll be interesting to see if there's a difference on routes that I know well.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

First time out with the Fenix

Still feeling a bit tight in the calves from Thursday's session but went out for a shorter run tonight.

The Fenix is odd to use after so many years with the touch interface of the Forerunner 620 but I think I'll become accustomed to it soon enough.  Satellite lock took ages for some reason and I'm not too impressed with the track (here) as I was on the same road/track the whole way.  On the plus side, the sync and WiFi features are excellent.

As for the run, I'm seeing benefits from the training sessions with Stroud AC already as I knocked 4 minutes of my previous times on this route.  I'd say that a minute was due to the slightly short track due to the GPS lock issue mentioned above.  Even so, that's a significant improvement.

Friday, 11 August 2017

New Watch: Garmin Fenix 5X

My new watch arrived today and it's a monster.

I was torn between the Garmin and Suunto lines.  My friends in the south of France have the Suunto and I was very impressed by them last time we visited.  The decision finally hinged on two things: