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Garmin Fenix 5 & Vivoactive 3: Expect Some VERY Good Deals In The Next Couple Of Weeks.

by Anura Guruge


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This appeared in the Facebook “Garmin Connect Users” group over the weekend. Click to ENLARGE.


The Garmin Fenix 5 & Garmin Vivoactive 3 will be ON MAJOR SALE over the next couple of weeks. Pretty close to a firesale!

Somebody, as you can see from the image, so the Vivoactive 3 being sold at Walmart for $99. Soon, like this coming week, other will join in. You might actually find that some ‘smaller’ retailers have ALREADY sold out of Vivoactive 3s. (SMILE). Read between the lines.

The $350 price for the Garmin Fenix 5, today, should be just the beginning. The Fenix 5 and 5 Plus has already been obsoleted by the new Garmin Forerunner 945. So, this is not a huge surprise. Garmin’s do typically go on sale this time of year. Well I have given you a BIG Heads-Up. SMILE. Enjoy. Happy shopping.

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by Anura Guruge

Canyon de Chelly: The Navajo Nation’s Guide To The Canyon.

by Anura Guruge


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This is a modified version of ‘Planning Your Visit‘ information included in the National Park Service Guide.

The Navajo Nation has added the ‘Visiting Navajo‘ section right at the start. The first sentence of that is IMPORTANT. Canyon de Chelly, like the rest of the Navajo Nation, is on New Mexico time rather than Arizona! That can be confusing. My Garmin Fenix 5, which gets its time (when it can) from GPS, took it in its stride. But, for the first few hours I was never sure whether my Fenix 5 was right or wrong.

This guide, in photocopied black & white, is on the back of a b&w map of the Canyon — again taken from the National Park Service Guide, which, however, is in color.

They have this guide in the small Navajo Nation Office, adjacent to the ‘Thunderbird Lodge’, that you have to visit to get backcountry permits to enter the Canyon with a Navajo guide, either by jeep, horseback or on foot.

Hope this helps.


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by Anura Guruge

Canyon de Chelly: Hiking The ‘White House’ Trail.

by Anura Guruge



My Map & Data from my Garmin Fenix 5.

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This is a wonderfully rewarding hike. It is also the ONLY hike to the bottom of the Canyon open to the public. For all other hikes (or trips, on horseback or ‘jeep) within the Canyon you need to be accompanied by a ‘certified’ Navajo guide and have a Backcountry Pass issued by the ‘Navajo Nation‘.

This is an easy hike! The biggest challenge is the heat. Check the numbers above. We waited till it was past 5pm to start because of the heat. We could have waited longer, but as we had expected there was a fleeting ‘storm’ later in the evening. Did not want to get caught in that.

When we got to the bottom (and the ‘White House’) around 5:50pm the last of the Navajo vendors were packing their jeep for the day. So we had the whole ruin to ourselves for about 45 minutes! That was special. That was actually a feature of this trip. Very few people. Most of the time we were the ONLY folks around. That is always nice.

I as you can see from the GPS map wandered a fair amount at the bottom, around the ruins. I also followed the dry stream bed back to the bridge. A family of horses were milling around.

This is not a hard hike by any standard. The last .25 mile is flat. You do the elevation quickly. I met a man who had done it 5-times, in the day, running parts of it. Impressive. I think I could have run it once. But, he was at least 20-years younger than I.

This hike is a MUST.


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The ‘Best’ Smart Watches Per ‘Business Insider’ — Though Not Necessarily The Best Activity/Fitness Trackers.

by Anura Guruge


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Google, which knows more about I than I actually do, brought this article to my attention.

It was interesting. I am not into smart watches. My kick is high-end activity/fitness trackers — like the Garmin Fenix 5. I actually DUMB DOWN my watches. I do NOT want them acting as smart watches. I am old. I don’t want to be notified on e-mail. I will check for e-mail in my own time.

Some of these names were new to me. They all came some fitness/activity tracking capability. Would be fun to see what they are.

But, I wanted to share this with you.


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Garmin Fenix 5 ‘Open Water Swim’ Distance Tracking Is A JOKE!

by Anura Guruge


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From Google Maps — independent of Garmin.


My prior post from July 12, 2018.

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Please refer to my July 12, 2018, post for background.

Garmin contacted me when I TWEETED about this and yesterday I sent them the information requested.

Today, I decided to check this out further and what I found totally disgusted me! The Garmin Fenix 5 ‘open swim’ distance measuring is a JOKE.

I ONLY swim the DOG-PADDLE so my Fenix 5 is always underwater. I appreciate that. But, per Garmin that is where the Fenix 5’s gyroscope kicks into help keep track of the distance.

So, this is what I found.

Invoked ‘Open Swim’ and waited until there was a GPS fix. I was basically walking up to my swimming depth while this was happening.

Then, with GPS active, pressed ‘START’, dove in and started swimming. Given it is in total 10-minutes, I must have swum 5-minutes to the swim platform. Grabbed the ladder and LIFTED my left arm, with the Fenix 5, out of the water.

The distance read 9 yards! There was no way that I had only smum 27′ (4.5 time my body length).

But, as I was holding the Fenix up, above the water, the distance started going up … LIKE CRAZY.

OK. So, that was good. The GPS was catching up.

It went … 19, 37, 50, 59, 65, 66 ….

All this time, I am totally stationary, holding onto the ladder. It is no longer funny.

So. I let go the ladder and start swimming back.

The swim back is a bit longer since I swim until there is not enough depth to swim.

Stood up. Looked at Fenix 5. It said 97 yards.

Then, immediately, 111 and then, as it had done at the swim platform, it kept on going.

I had enough. I hit STOP in disgust.

This is not funny.

Open Water Swim‘ is a BIG feature on the Fenix 5 — and it doesn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a Garmin basher. I am actually a long-term Garmin shareholder!


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Garmin Adds ‘Abnormal Heart Rate’ Reporting To Its Major Wearables.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the Garmin Fenix 5 Forum.


This, from what I have read, for a much sought after feature on Apple Watches. Some were buying Apple JUST for this feature and you may even have read a few stories about folks crediting the Apple Watch of saving their lives by notifying them of abnormal heart rates.

So, Garmin had no option but to respond and it is good that they have done so now … ahead of the new wave of watches that are supposed to be announced by the likes of Samsung over the next few months.

Right now this abnormal heart rate feature is available on: Forerunner 645(M) & 935, Vivoactive 3(M), Vivosmart 3, Vivomove HR and Vivosport.

It has, as you can see from the second image, on the latest beta software for the Fenix 5.

It is not a feature that interests me but I know that many of you will be thrilled. So, go for it. All the best.


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by Anura Guruge

My Garmin Fenix 5 Is VERY Inaccurate In Measuring Short-Distance Open Water Swims.

by Anura Guruge


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Two Very Different GPS tracks for what is the SAME swim everyday!

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As you can see from the first figure I started Open Water Swimming in our lake on July 1, 2018, and have tried to do so daily, weather and schedule permitting.

We have been at this lake for the last 11-years and my swim never varies. I start as close to head-on with the swim platform — when the water is waist deep. I then swim to the platform and back again — until I can’t swim any further because the water is too shallow. So, the top GPS track is accurate. I swim longer on the return leg — and it is possible, mainly due to wind, that my return leg is slightly ‘off course’ though I try to swim in a straight line using a marker on the beach for reference.

I have not as yet measured the distance, but I am fairly sure that the distance to/from the swim platform is more than 34 yards — per one of the readings. That would ~17 yards (51′) one-way. That would be the length of 2.5 twenty-foot boats. I know the swim is further than that.

Part of this has to be GPS accuracy. The distance here might be TOO SHORT for GPS to get a good handle. With Open Water Swimming the Fenix 5 uses GPS, the accelerometer and the gyroscope to estimate distance and movement. I noticed the other day that the distance jumped significantly after I had finished my swim and stood up.

I am not impressed.

Yet ANOTHER definicecy in the supposed ‘Leader-of-the-PackGarmin Fenix 5. Another disappointment.


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by Anura Guruge