I've got a Garmin, and I finally know how to use it.
So I bought a Garmin about 6 months ago. Like a kid at Christmas, I ripped open the box and excitedly connected it to the computer and charged it up. The box and instructions ended up in corner somewhere. The next day I strapped it on and took off on my workout. Returning home I uploaded the results into Training Peaks and throughly enjoyed looking at all the data.
What a fun gizmo. I thought....
For the next 6 months I pretty much used it to watch my heart rate so my heart didn't burst out of my chest or just let it tell me how slow I ran or biked. I began to despise it's taunting of my ability or lack thereof. I was constantly looking at to see how fast, OR Slow I was running. My heart rate was too high, then too low and what good is all this doing me anyway?With my recent down time for toe repairs, I cleaned the house and found the manual for my watch. So to avoid more cleaning, I sat down and read it.
Who Knew? This must be why I spent so much money on watch that doesn't even tell time! The most important thing I learned was how to put workouts into the watch. Although my runs are still quite short as my toe still isn't 100%, I've found that having the workouts programmed into the watch when I head out the door is the best incentive I've found recently. Once I start a workout I can't call it short or change from a speed workout to a walk just 'cuz. Better yet I don't have to keep looking at my watch. I can just listen to the beeps and know what to do. This gives me a chance too work on my form.
Maybe I should have read the instructions sooner!