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‘Fitbit Charge 4’ GPS Maps Overlaid With Heart Rate & Pace — A Definite Winner.

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This is BRILLIANT.

I like it. Very clever. And now that we have it, it is SO OBVIOUS.

I do NOT think I can get this with my Garmin. I have never seen it on Garmin Connect.

This is GOLD for the serious athlete. Wow.

I am impressed.

One thing I have NOT found with the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS — is an elevation plot. I just have not come across it. You would think it would be easy to find.

GPS on the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS is accurate. I am wearing it next to my $700 Garmin Fenix 6.

This is one heck of a band. Fitbit has done good.

The Versa 2 was a winner. And now this.


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Exquisite 4.9 Mile Walk, In Mainly Virgin Snow — Central New Hampshire, December 23, 2019.

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Click to ENLARGE. GPS route/elevation map from my Garmin Fenix 6.


I know I am blessed and never take it for granted. I really do stop to ‘smell the roses’ even in the dead of winter. Today, was WARM. Hovering around the freezing mark. It felt like Spring.

This is my ‘backyard’. I don’t have to drive anywhere to enjoy these trails. I just walk from home. Took both dogs with me today. They loved it. They love rolling in and exploring the virgin snow. Yes, we did see some interesting tracks too. We are not the only ones that walk these trails. Some deer. Some rabbits. Some deep. I wish I could read tracks.

This was very rewarding. Just wanted to share with YOU.

Happy Holidays.


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A Different Woods, ‘Africa Road’, Alton, New Hampshire — July 15, 2019.

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Though this road, duly marked by the town as ‘Africa Road’, is just over a mile from where I live, I have never ventured into it — over the last 12-years — because I was under the impression it was a private road, I try not to trespass (because I am not good at forgiving those that trespass on our property). Then, yesterday, I was told by a fellow, local runner (40-years my junior) that it was NOT a private road and that he uses it — BUT warned me that it was rocky. That was the understatement of the week.

Wow. What a road. There is a MAGNIFICENT property at the start of it. It is them that had put up various signs to discourage folks from coming down the road. I don’t blame them. They have quite the spread. You can see that on the GPS track, near the top with a HUGE cleared pasture. As soon as you pass their property it becomes rough. Real rough.

Now most of you know that I am no stranger to hiking. So, when I tell you that this was, indubitably, the most RUGGED trail I have ever hiked you will realize how rough it has to be. The elevation wasn’t bad. I have done hikes with much, much more elevation. It was the trail itself. Rocky and rutted. No scenery or views. Just a rather dark tunnel through the woods. Quite the adventure. The dogs loved it. Had to cross a small brook. I didn’t see it and only noticed it on the GPS. There is a small pond off the trail. The dogs did find it because they came out wet. I just assumed that they had gone in the brook again.

Yes, I plan to hike this many times. It was fun. Very secluded. Tranquil. Not a sound.


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My Walk In The Woods, In Alton, New Hampshire — Yesterday, July 7, 2019.

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This property is 1.6 miles from home. It belongs to some friends, an elderly couple. They have a lot of acreage, with two large ponds — one manmade (by them) — lots of elevation and views to kill. They let me and the dogs walk their property and for the dogs to swim in their ponds. This was the second time I have hiked this property this year — the last time was in May.

This time I had another mission, other than enjoying the views and getting my mileage — I was checking for blueberries (that grow wild) and their apple trees. Yes, some of the detours and loopbacks were just to get mileage. It was fun. Must do it again.

Pretty sure that GPS is wrong. GPS does not like you doubling back on yourself!


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My Walk In The Woods, In Alton, New Hampshire — On Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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This was 1.6 miles from home. Property belonging to some friends. They have a lot of acreage, with two large ponds — one manmade (by them) — lots of elevation and views to kill. This was the most I have walked on their property. They were around and I did get permission.

Yes, I was trying to get mileage. Pretty sure that GPS was wrong. First the trees and the other that I was doubling back on myself. So, after awhile I decided just to hike for 1 hour — screw the GPS distance. It was a true hike. Wasn’t easy. I am still wearing a locked brace and using a stick!

But, it was fun. The dogs went with I. It was very rewarding. Amazing views and sites. Saw a HUGE pile of moose poop.


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Per My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus I Climb More Floors Than 99% Of ‘Other Users’ — 52 Floors A Day.

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102 ‘floors’ climbed on some days.



I live in a 4-story house, which is on the side of 1,450′ mountain. So, it is NOT difficult for I to cover a fair chunk of elevation per day. Plus, I have ALWAYS liked to climb stairs. Whenever possible I will opt to climb stairs than take an escalator or elevator — and it doesn’t matter if I am carrying stuff.

That I am in the 99% percentile, for my age, viz., 65-69, makes me happy. And I get accused that all I do is sit in front of a PC! Well, it can’t be bad … right? If all I do is sit in front of a computer and also manage to average 52 floors climbed a day.

In our house my ‘office’, where I spent much of the day, is on the 4th floor. The family TV room, plus the utility room which has my exercise clothes, are on the bottom floor. So I, go up and down 3 flights of stairs multiple times a day. So, even on the days I do not go running I end up covering well in excess of 10 floors a day.

1,467 floors climbed in a month. Basically, 14,670′. Kind of halfway up Mount Everest.

Yes, I know that there are others that do more than this — but also those that do less.

Enjoy. Happy Holidays. If you are around, I will always be happy to climb stairs with you or hike up a mountain.


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‘ActiFace’ Has Now Become The Default Watch Face On Garmin Fenix 5.

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My Garmin Fenix 5 with ActiFace with THIS MORNINGS set-up. I made some changes in the afternoon!


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Garmin Connect customization options.


My original plan had been to use ‘GearMin‘ as my preferred, and as such default, Watch Face on my Garmin Fenix 5.

I had ‘GearMin’ on my VivoActive HR. But, at least in my case, the ‘Down Button’ stops working when I use ‘GearMin’. Happened twice and that was enough for me.

I had downloaded ‘ActiFace’ at the same time as ‘GearMin’. I started using it. It has grown on me and I will even confess to liking it — especially after customizing it a few times. The top image shows more or less my current configuration. This afternoon I changed one field — the ‘elevation gained‘ reading. It was redundant. It is always 10x that of floors climbed, since that is Gramin’s criteria for floors climbed; i.e., 10’ change in elevation. So, I changed that to display ‘% of weekly step goal’.

I definitely recommend this watch face. It grows on you. Very capable watch face.


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My Inexpensive, Readily Extensible ‘Weight Belt’ For Running.

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Weighted backpack and my wrist weights.


The weights that go inside the backpack.


The whole set of weights I am currently carrying … in addition to backpack.


I have been, for the last 20 years (or more), wearing weights when I run. Just adds a bit more BANG for the buck. I used, at first, wear wrist weights and ankle weights. And as so often happens in my life, I lucked out. I met a physical therapist that told me that wearing ankle weights is BAD. They stretch your knee tendons and they STAY stretched causing your knee to pop-out in time. I stopped wearing ankle weights.

Change in elevation, i.e., up hills and down dales, is another major feature of my runs — as I have talked about in the past.

The 400+ feet elevation on one of my runs. It is greater on my other run. I alternate between the two. Click to ENLARGE.

Last Summer I decided that I really had to do something about getting back in shape and LOSING some weight. I was getting to be like Trump. That is when I got my first fitness tracker — my Garmin Vivoactive HR. The HR made me up my game. I extended my run by 0.8 of a mile and started running faster. That was when I decided I need to increase resistance by adding more weight. I had quite a few pairs of weights around the house — so I started wearing two each arm. That was good, but cumbersome, especially with the dogs — on leashes. So, I started wearing a leather belt and hanging two of the weights of it. That worked but it wasn’t comfortable.

So, I started thinking about buying a weight belt. Then it struck me … we had backpacks lying around. Take an old backpack that the kids had discarded and put my weights in it.

Works great. Real great. Been using it for the last 2 – 3 weeks. Two wrist weights and the backpack with two more weights. I think it is over 11 pounds.

On my left hand, wear I now have the Fitbit Ionic I wear a weight with a thumb insert. That keeps the weight from creeping over the watch. All works well, even in 5°F weather.

So, if you are thinking of getting a weight belt for your running.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Barometric Altimeter Died After 48-Days! My 2nd Vivoactive 3. 1st DIED After 15-Days.

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This is when I noticed. Saturday, January 27, 2018.

NO elevation on run. It is run with over 400′ elevation change.

So, same run. When altimeter was working …. after it failed.

Notice, in this graph the elevation is FLAT! Not right.


Today, Saturday, January 27, 2018, after my run — on course that I run at least twice a week — I noticed that there was NO elevation reading!

Strange.

Then I remembered that 2 nights earlier, on Thursday night, it had said I had hardly climbed any stairs. It was late, I was tired … I just let it go as a temporary glitch. The altimeter must have stopped working around then.

As of today, this Garmin Vivoactive 3 is ONLY 48-days old.

I had it delivered from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

It was my 2nd Vivoactive 3.

First one died, totally, after just 15-days. ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’, a class outfit, replaced it.

Now this one is not fully working. Elevation is important to I.

Yes, I have done everything.

  • I cleaned the sensor holes with compressed air.
       
  • I did a SOFT RESET.
       
  • I cycled power.
        
  • I turned off/turned on Altimeter auto-calibration multiple times.
       
  • I manually calibrated it.

I am at a loss. Don’t know what to do.

It is a Saturday. It had to be. Garmin & ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ are both closed.

Not sure I want another Vivocative 3.

Help?

I am so upset. So, distressed.

Bloody Garmin. And as of last week I became a Garmin shareholder.


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Nobska Lighthouse, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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This classic lighthouse is not in Woods Hole per se — just on the outskirts, on a side road so to speak.

We did not see it on our first two trips to Woods Hole (albeit both trips on the same day). I, however, did not want to leave Falmouth, Mass., without seeing this lighthouse. So on our 4th day, at the Cape, I made a special trip just to see the Nobska Lighthouse. It was worth it. There is parking for 5-6 cars right in front of the lighthouse and we were but the 3rd car there. Compared to the crush in Woods Hole, this place was empty. Nice little path to a rocky but scenic beach.

This lighthouse was very different to the ‘Monhegan Lighthouse’ on Monhegan Island that I had spent much time at just two weeks earlier. This did NOT have the elevation and as such the views. But it is definitely on a much busier stretch of water with large ferries going by all the time. Oh yes, definitely worth stopping by IF you are in the area.


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