KinverRoss


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Garmin 610 or Nike+ tomtom GPS?

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 20:34

The new TomTom watch is out as well. Its more expensive than the Nike+ Sport watch but has a more sensitive GPS and you can upload your training data to places like Map My Run and Run Keeper. The multi sport looks better value for money though!

http://www.londontri.com/325/tomtom-runner-gps-watch-review

 

TomTom Runner Review

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 14:57

I went along to the TomTom running event in Battersea Park a couple of weeks ago to check out their new TomTom Runner GPS watch. Not sure if anyone is interested by I have written a bit of a review and posted a couple of videos etc.

http://www.londontri.com/325/tomtom-runner-gps-watch-review

It’s a boring read (I know as I wrote it!) so the main points are here:

 

What I liked:

  • The first time I used the watch it found a GPS signal within 17 seconds which is incredible fast compared to something like the Motorola Motoactv or the Nike+ Sport Watch. The Average signal lock time is still about 17 seconds for my usual city running routes so would probably be quicker in the country.
  • It is really simple to use and has a nice clean and logical menu structure.
  • It is one of the smallest and slimmest GPS  watches that I have seen
  • You can easily setup run targets such as distance, time, calories or pace, as well as monitoring your progress through your run via a live pie chart and percentage alerts.

 

What I didn’t Like:

  • TomTom MySports (like MyConnect) is very basic at the moment and doesn’t offer much other than a running total and a run by run stats summary. The Mac or PC connectivity software does allow you to upload your run data to RunKeeper and MapMyRun though so this doesn’t really limit you.
  • The button controls are placed on the write strap and not around the watch face. This took some getting used to as I kept on reaching for buttons that weren’t there!
  • It has been made to be almost too simple. It is really easy to accidentally end your recording when all you really want to do is pause it. There needs to be some sort of prompt to end your run as it is frustrating having to start recording again mid run!

 

Priced at £149.99 it is more expensive than the Nike+ SportWatch for no real good reason apart from the improved GPS. Given that the MySports portal isn’t too good at the moment do you think that it is worth the extra cash?

The multi-sport version is priced at £179.99 which actually seems quite good value considering it tracks your swimming as well as cycling. Maybe its worth paying the extra cash for the multi sport version just in case you ever feel the need to go for a cycle or a swim and don’t want to fork out £380 for the Forerunner 910!

What do you guys think? A watch to get excited about or not?

When is your bed time

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:49

I dont know about you guys but I am definitely a sleeper in the winter and a early moring bird in the summer. Somehow running is just so much more attractive when you dont have to layer up and brave the elements! 

I have just started running to work in London and so I am grabbing about 6 hours sleep at the moment...when the Brixton police dont raid the hostel next to my flar or there arent any riots going on....

Motoactv Blog

Finding it hard to get back

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 23:15

I love the new kit idea as it is so true. I think some of my best runs have been when I have been trying out some new GPS watch or a new pair fo trainers. Its almost a pitty every new run doesnt start with a trip to the running shop...although probably better for my credit card! 

Tri Blog

Couch to 5k plan and sore knees -Please Help

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 19:45

Bad luck about the runners knee but but honestly the best thing that you can do is to rest and ice. Overuse injuries take what feels like forever to heal and the biggest risk is thinking they have healed only to go our running and cause more damage. I suffered from tendonitis for a few months but I reckon I could have cut the recovery time down to a month if I had just stopped trying to jog every weekend. 

If you are worried about your fitness dropping then you could always switch sports for a while. I found that swimming a few times a week was not only a good way of keeping fit but when I eventually returned to running my running form was much better because I had improved my core stability by swimming so much. I also deveoped a new found love of swimming and have been a keen trathlete ever since!

 

 

Race Goals:

Sub 1:30 Bristol Half Marathon

Sub 3.15 Brighton Half Marathon

Sub 6 Bucks Half Ironman Triathlon

My LondonTri Blog

Where to run?

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 18:21

I am no expert but there is a "right to roam" in the UK which means that you can wander over any common land, moor land, mountain, heath or forestry commission land. However Agricultural land is a bit different and the best thing to do is to check an up to date OS map to see what rules apply. Otherwise, stick to footpaths and public right of ways. 

My triathlon blog

5 weeks to improve 10k time

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 21:58

It looks like a good training program to me. You might want to throw a longer slower run into your program in two weeks time just to keep the distance in your legs but other then that you look like you are rightly making speed/tempo work the focus of your training. Best of luck for the next few weeks

Triathlon Blog

Problems with caffeine

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 17:54

If I had seen this thread in the forums a week ago your experience would have been completely alien to me but the exact same thing that you are describing happened to me last weekend. I have always ran the morning after a big night out to clear a hangover but last weekend I felt the same sensation that you had happen to you. I started work on Monday morning and my heart on numerous times throughout the day would beat out of rhythm and sometimes would palpitate. After a quick Google search and a chat with a doctor pal, I think it could be a combination of alcohol, lots and lots of caffeine as well as exercising on a hangover. I didn’t drink any caffeine on the Monday following the weekend and my heart has been back to normal ever since. I am switching to lattes instead of espressos and will probably not do any intense triathlon or running training after a big night. Stopping the drinking is out of the question of course! 

Triathlon Blog

Linky thing broken

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:19

Didnt work for me wither - kind of glad it didnt work to be honest lol...

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Blog - RunTheLine

I must be mad!!

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:46

I am about to run the Edinburgh marathon this weekend so I can tell you on Monday! 

Which 10k are you doing in October? You have a whole summer to train so I wouldnt worry to much - just concentrate on enjoying your running and watch out for injuries! 

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Running Blog - RunTheLine

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