Apple Watch versus Garmin 920

The Garmin Forerunner 920 was my 3rd Forerunner and my 1st “smart” watch. Smart in that it would alert me to iOS notifications from my iPhone. That is, when the 920 decided it wanted to actually connect to my iPhone (which happened less and less as time wore on and updates happened.) These were just alerts and I could not do anything to reply to them or respond to them.

New Toy! Garmin 920

When Garmin announced the new Forerunner 920 a few days before I was to leave for Kona, I immediately put the word out that my 910 would be for sale. It’s not that I don’t like my 910, but there were quite a few features on the 920 that I really wanted. I arrived in Kona a week before Ironman and stumbled upon the 920 in the pop-up bike shop.

Ironman Kona!

There has been a lot going on over here in Hawaii these past few months. Work. Travel for work. More work. I am currently here in Kona for the Ironman World Championships – not to race, but to get my Retul Bike Fit certification!   Yes! I’m now a Retul certified fitter and I’ve got to tell you that I love, love, love the knowledge I’ve gained. I can’t wait.

Does Good Form Make You a Faster Runner?

The definition of slow is subjective, of course. But regardless of your pace as a runner, you have a self-defined “slow” speed and it’s usually something you are trying to get away from. This is probably more common for folks that define themselves as slow. And one runner’s slow is another runners PR so let’s all keep that in mind. I had a 4 x 800 session on my schedule.

Oh Mio My!

I cannot wear a heart rate chest strap without some form of chafing, rawness, blood, and/or pain. I just don’t have the desire to torture myself to make it work. Yet there are no other options out there THAT WORK if you want to train with heart rate. And yes, I’ve tried the bra with the built in sensors in the bra band. Epic fail. Training with heart rate is.

Ride the Rockies 2014 : Pre-Trip & Gear List

As with any event, I was really ready to be done with the training for Ride the Rockies. Done. Over. No more. Our island is small, my dog needs a baby sitter, and it got hot. And I wore out all my cycling shorts. I was just done. So I was oh-so-happy to get to taper week and ship off our bikes to Colorado. That didn’t mean I was the.

Ride the Rockies: Let the Training Begin!

I’m so excited that Henrik and I made the Ride the Rockies Lottery! It’s been on our list of things to do for years now and Honu Ironman 70.3 has always been in the way. Finally it has worked out and guess what folks? THIS IS NO JOKE. Let’s just look at the elevation for the week shall we? Those lines on the elevation map?  Those are in increments of.

Review: Smartphone tracking apps

I’m a Garmin Gal.  I have been since I started geocaching almost a decade (!!!) ago.  The Garmin eTrex unit was pretty much the only choice out there.  So I have a history with Garmin.  It works, it has its quirks, it does the job…most of the time.  So when I started the Swim, Bike, Run thing, Mr. Van Tiki suggested I go with a Garmin Forerunner and I did..