Sunday, May 23, 2010

I don't want to know...

I'm not one to drill down into details for training and racing. When I'm at an ultra event, incessant beeps permeate the air; Garmin GPS watches everywhere tell their owners that another mile has passed and it's time to take a drink, pop a pill or alter the pace.

I've been around long enough to ferment, but to date I haven't embraced the Garmin scene. It's bad enough that a device on your wrist is telling you what to do. And it's even more of a reach to contemplate master competitor dumping his data off the watch onto his computer...where further paralysis by analysis can occur.

This post is in no way a diss against Garmin. They manufacture wonderful products and I love my Garmin Nuvi GPS car system.

But for someone who has been pushing forward for all these years, more isn't always better. I'm running somewhere between 9-10 miles most mornings and that's the extent of my knowledge. I start my watch, run towards the mountain and 90 minutes later I stop.

Maybe a Garmin is in my future. Maybe it's the next step in trying to keep this game going for another season or two. If anyone has input on life after Garmin, post a comment and we'll discuss.


  1. Tom, the beeping drives me bananas! I first encountered this nusance during the Cowtown Half in Ft. Worth. Figured it was some annoying texan who didn't know how to set his watch correctly. Turns out I couldn't escape the hideous noise. Honestly, I am all for smart training and the use of technology, but part of me longs for the purity of sport. Just run. Drink when your thirsty, eat when you need food and rely on your inner cadence to set your pace. Good grief Charlie Brown!

  2. I bought a Garmin a couple years ago specifically to tell me how far I've gone on unknown mountain trails and new off-road routes. If I'm going long I'll press start and pop it in the top pocket of my hydration pack so I don't have to see it 'til I get home. If I run the exact route again I don't wear the Garmin. I find if very useful in the mountains. Other than that, I don't even wear a watch most of the time on my runs.