Smart Alec Software Part 2

The new Garmin 830 is a really wonderful device. Simple to use, connects with my phone easily, seems to have plenty of battery life, and smaller and lighter than the Edge 1000 it replaced. But it’s manners are terrible.

First a caveat: The 30 mile flat ride on a nearly wind free morning at a pathetic 15.5 mph needs a bit of explaining. I’m slow, but not that slow. I rode through Lodi, including a short stretch on the Lodi Lake bike/walk trail. Lots of pedestrians to pass carefully and politely, which I did. I slowed and stopped at stop signs and lights through downtown. This meandering brought down my average speed considerably. When I was actually riding on open roads I was doing more like 17 to 19 mph.

That said, I do not see how a 2 hour ride at 70% of my maximum heart rate can be considered ‘Unproductive’. And on June 2 I did a hilly ride for almost 3 1/2 hours in very hot conditions. I thought that was a very solid effort, but the Garmin disagrees. Since that day my training status has turned orange.

I’m known as a bit of a cycling data freak. I have power meters and heart rate monitors and I keep an exhaustive spreadsheet with lots of numbers for every ride. So I’m actually a bit amused by the way the Garmin evaluated what I’m doing. And I can hardly wait to see what happens if I take a couple of weeks off to go on a cruise or something, assuming that ever becomes possible again. There must be a ‘red’ dot too, with a description more foreboding that ‘Unproductive’. Perhaps red will be termed “Slacker!! HTFU!! Rule 5!” If you are curious consult Google.

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