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I Now Get To Check Out The Brand New ‘Garmin’, Bright AMOLED-Display ‘Venu 2’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to place an order for a Venu 2.


The ‘Venu 2’ (far right) next to my Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Titanium’ (middle) & Garmin ‘Enduro’ (Titanium).

I am yet again thrilled & GRATEFUL to ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) for giving me the chance to try out the latest & greatest ‘Garmin‘, the new ‘Venu 2’ with an absolutely gorgeous, very bright (even at the lowest brightness level) AMOLED-display. I haven’t really had a chance to put it through its paces or check its accuracy, but it sure looks & feels spectacular. Nice, ultra-modern feel to it.

I think I am going to like it. Markedly different to the original ‘Venu’ & unlike the ‘Venu SQ’ this one does have a barometric altimeter so that it can count ‘floors climbed’.

I will start testing it in earnest as of tomorrow. I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.


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I Am Outpacing & Out Climbing All Of My Garmin Peers, Again. (SMILE).

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>The key here is that this is for my (rather advanced) age group, i.e., 65-69 (as you can see at the top). Garmin does NOT give us any clues as to how big (or more to the point, small) this group might be. For all I know there might just be a handful of us in this bracket — in which case this metric is pretty useless.

I am also mature enough to realize that there will be a larger population of non-Garmin users who walk more STEPS than I do. However, unless they happen to be a professional Sherpa in the Himalayas or a tour guide in the Alps, I doubt there are too many who climb as many floors/day as I do. And in case you are wondering, it averaged 56 floors/day over the last month. That is 560′ elevation gain each day.

As for steps, it was 15,260 steps/day over the last month. Not bad considering that half of that was in February with snow/ice on the ground and rather frigid temps.

It still makes me smile and that alone is reward enough. SMILE.


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Despite Knee Surgery 3-Months Ago, I Walk More Steps & Climb More Floors, Than Most My Age.

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This is per my Garmin, which I wear 24×7.


 


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


I live in a 4-storey house; my office is on the 4t floor, bedroom on the 3rd, kitchen on the 2nd and main/family TV on the 1st. So, I have to go between all 4-floors, multiple times a day, even when I was on crutches. Just for the record, my Garmin was pretty appalling at counting steps & floors when I was on crutches because I was not moving my arms enough to make the accelerometer register movement.

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I live on the side of a 1,440′ mountain. I walk/run the road that goes up/down this mountain. So, anytime I am on that road, on foot, I cover a fair amount of elevation. Typically I have 300′ to 700′ of elevation gain a day when I go up and down this road. I love it.

I still haven’t started running. But, for the last 4 weeks I am making a concerted attempt to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. And it is working.

So, I am happy. I have LOST quite a bit of weight since my surgery! That was a bonus. Yes, I doubled, maybe even tripled, down on it. That has helped.

So, do NOT let knee surgery slow you down. SMILE.


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Garmin Does Us, The Temporarily Disabled, A Great Disservice.

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Click to ENLARGE. From my Garmin Connect.


Click to ENLARGE. From my Garmin Connect.


As some of you may know, from my prior posts, I tore my quadriceps tendon on February 28, 2018, and had knee surgery to repair it a week later, on March 7, 2019.

The week between the injury and the surgery, when I was wearing just a full-leg knee immobilizer I was quite mobile, didn’t use crutches — just a stick — and managed to even get in 5,000 steps — some of it in snow. Going up and down stairs was not an issue. Though I was not close to averaging my pre-injury 52-floors a day, I was still up and down the stairs a fair number of times. I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases and I need to get around all 4 floors since our big TV is on the 1st floor and my work PC (for doing these posts and writing books) is on the 4th floor.

My Fenix 5 Plus was fine recording my steps and floors because I was still doing them the normal way — albeit using a walking stick.

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Things changed DRAMATICALLY post-surgery. No weight-bearing on the left-leg. Have to use crutches.

My Fenix 5 Plus does not measure my steps when using crutches! Why. Because I am not moving my arms about that much. Maybe there is a crutch-use setting but I am not aware of it. My first time being disabled — ever.

I have to go up and down the stairs on my BUM — using my arms. That is HARD. I had stopped doing pushups 12-years ago, and at 65 other than my running, climbing floors, shoveling snow and hiking I don’t do much. Upper body strength is not what it used to be. Climbing stairs using my arms is exhausting.

And now hear is the kicker. My Fenix 5 Plus is NOT counting the damn floors I climb — so laboriously. That is not fair. I climb, with help, 6 or 8 floors a day and go down as many, if not more. I climbed one floor to write this. Fenix 5 Plus says ‘0’. That is stupid. Expended more energy climbing that floor than I normally do bounding up 5.

The steps I understand.

The floors I don’t. I thought Garmin told us that floors climbed was calculated using the barometric altimeter. I think my altimeter isn’t busted. So, what gives.

Honestly, the least of my problems right now. Heart rate is working and thanks to my Fenix 5 Plus I know that I am still alive and that my heart rate, even with the surgery, is in the 60 range. So, that is good.

I will keep you posted. Hoped to be more active in about a month.


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Per My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ I DIED Twice, In My Sleep, Last Night.

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I did NOT wake up dead tired. So, I have to assume that dying isn’t very tiring — and, of course, also the resurrection. Didn’t feel a thing.

I did, however, extremely atypically, oversleep by 20 minutes. I do NOT (contrary to what Garmin Connect thinks) use an alarm. I get up when I get up. Usually it is between 8:40 to 8:55 am. I am like clockwork. Not this morning. Strange. My body must have been compensating for the time I was dead.

As the chart below shows I am NOT new to Garmin. I check my heart rate FIRST THING each morning — just to make sure that I had not died.

This is the first time I have seen that I died. Kind of cool.

Yes, I have a depressed heart rate. Yes, part of that is drugs — legal ones, in particular MIRACLE-DRUG Toprol XL which I have been on for 20+ years. Plus, as befits someone in the TOP 99% of floor climbers I am reasonably fit.

My sleeping heart rate does go below 40. I have seen 32. But, never ‘ZERO’.

No, I do not have sleep APNEA and my BMI is definitely lower than that of Donald Trump. Promise and Mexico did not pay me to say that.

So, …..

My adoptive mother died in her sleep when she was 62. No symptoms. Nothing. Just died in her sleep. She was 62. I am 65. But, we do not share any genes (and she never wore jeans).

Interesting. Does not bother me. Dying in your sleep is the best way to go. So, I am cool with this.

Let’s see if I die again tonight. No, I am NOT going to think about it, BUT I bet my resting heart-rate will be up.

I was working it out. I died TWICE. So, I am now in my THIRD-COMING. Maybe I should start a cult.

Don’t wish me anything. Let nature take its course.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ Is GREAT Running Watch — Better Than A Garmin Fenix 5!

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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.

So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.

In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.

Yes, the GPS might be a tad off, but not that different to say the Fitbit Ionic or the new Polar Vantage V. I much prefer the Verge to the Polar Vantage V.

Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.

I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ — It Is The Vibrant AMOLED Display That Makes It So Compelling.

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As some of you know I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, why am I so enamored with a watch that is 25% its cost and, of course, not as feature rich, e.g., lack of maps.

It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).

Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.

I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.


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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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My Fourth Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Floors Climbed Saves My Bacon, And 3-Days In Acadia Helped.

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We were in Acadia National Park Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Though it was March, the temps were between 36F — 41F, with no rain or snow. But, heavy wind by the coast. I, however, walked 3-4 miles, on the coastal walkway, between Sand Beach and Fabbri Point Friday & Saturday. That helped in terms of steps.

What can I say about I and floors climbed. That is my thing. Elevation. 59 floors a day. I like that.


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My Third Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Other Than Floors Climbed (Again), Nothing Special.

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OK, I will admit — I am making a special attempt to climb more stairs! I now try to climb 5 – 10 EXTRA floors a day, on the trot, carrying some weights. Hence why my floor count has gone up. It is good exercise and I like climbing stairs.


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