Final pre-Marmotte Regent’s Park & Swain’s Lane

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Just back from a 2-hour Regent’s Park / Swain’s Lane session in the warm sunshine. Nice to have it back after quite a few cloud-covered outings.

My technique in the park today was, rather than ride at threshold for 5 minutes, start from the same corner but go all-out to the traffic lights, then recover. On my first one of these I hit 193 bpm, which I think must be close to my maximum. Needless to say the 2 boys attempting to follow me were toasted, burned, then binned.

Ignore (again) the ridiculous 240bpm peak in the first 5 minutes.

Ignore (again) the ridiculous 240bpm peak in the first 5 minutes.

I’ve identified a definite bug in my Garmin heart-rate monitor, reviewed earlier on this blog. Occasionally, in the first few minutes of a workout, the monitor will display a massively erratic reading, e.g. 240 bpm, while I’m coasting downhill. This is kind of annoying, because it throws my nice heart-rate graph out of whack.

On the subject of Garmin, it’s great to see continual enhancements to the user interface on the Connect website. The whole Garmin project feels fresh and innovative – I will certainly be investing further.

Here’s one example: the ‘Player’ workout playback function, with variable speeds and micro-controls to view exactly when and how hard you were training. However, I guess it’s supposed to show a graph in the middle – my version didn’t.

Garmin's workout 'player'. Cool.

Garmin's workout 'player'. Cool. Fresh. etc.

3 Responses to “Final pre-Marmotte Regent’s Park & Swain’s Lane”

  1. Chris Toppon June 24th, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Hey Al

    Just wondering if you use any sort of GPS device to map your sessions as well as monitor heartrate? Does garmin do anything like that? I’ev been trying out an app for iphone which seems to work pretty well when i’m running…(round regents park incidentally) but if there’s an integrated gps/heartrate monitor that would be a better fit. Feels a bit of a bodge on my phone..

    Chris

  2. Al June 24th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Yeah dude – check these out:

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142

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