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The Higher Price Of A Garmin Leather Strap Is Definitely Justifiable Especially With A ‘Metal’ Body.

by Anura Guruge


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Garmin leather strap MARQ Expedition Anura Guruge


Yes, this Garmin leather strap is on my MARQ Expedition.

Yes, it comes with its own leather strap. But, that is a rather special, EXPENSIVE strap.

Original leather strap on the MARQ Expedition.

Though Garmin says that the strap will AGE with grace, I rather not wear in 24×7 and get it wet more than it needs to.

Yes, the MARQ also comes with its own, special — bigger shouldered — silicone strap (in black).

But, I prefer a leather strap on the MARQ.

I tried two CHEAP leather straps from Amazon. Big mistake.

The brown one chafed against the titanium body and also scratched easily.

The black one has a metal fitting that rubs against the body.

So, I learned. The Garmin costs more, BUT you get a much, much, much better leather strap. Yes, I have already showered with it and it dries in minutes.


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My ‘Fitness Age’ Is 19-Years Less Than Actual, 3-Months After Knee Surgery (& 6-Weeks On Crutches).

by Anura Guruge


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This is per my Garmin MARQ Explorer, 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 am 65-years old, 66 in September. So, this reading today chuffed me up no end, especially since I am still in recovery from major knee surgery. Just 7-weeks ago I was still on crutches. I still walk with a cane (since it helps, though I can walk without one).

Yes, no question, the knee surgery spurred me to new heights. My VO2 Max was ~36 before surgery and I was nearly 20 pounds heavier! Yes, I lost weight while recovering — mainly by totally revamping my diet. That helped. I have only run once after surgery — and that was last week. I ran 3 miles with 800′ of elevation carrying 11 pounds in weights. Felt a few ‘tinges’ in the knee was decided to lay off running for another few weeks. Walking at least 3.5 miles a day and then making sure to clock at least 10K steps a day. Today I did 16K. So, it all helps.

I am happy. Would have preferred not to have busted my quad tendon. But, it was a wake-up call.

So, there is hope … SMILE.


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Physical Therapy: The Most Expensive BUT Most Useless Part Of My Knee Surgery Saga.

by Anura Guruge



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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 was supposed to do a TON of physical therapy post week 6 of my knee surgery. I went to the first session. I was totally underwhelmed, somewhat aggrieved and felt that I had been FLEECED. I never went back. I did my own and I am delighted to say as week 13 approaches my knee is pretty much back to normal!

No pain. I now, as I did in the past, BOUND (yes, BOUND) up the four staircases we have in this house. Last Thursday, I ran 3-miles carrying 11 pounds of weights — up a hill. I am also doing 23-minutes of cycling on a stationary bike. I have NO PAIN.

Physical therapy is NOT for I. I do not need some kid, who is probably NOT as fit as I am (even when I was on crutches), telling me how to exercise. I exercise more than most and don’t need motivation, encouragement or threats. I just need time. I would exercise more if I had the time.

That they wanted a $45 copay when I only pay $35 to my surgeon genuinely UPSET I. The surgeon’s magic and care cannot be duplicated. Physical therapy — I could watch on YouTube.

They also did NOT have a long-handled shoe horn in the premises. That impressed me none. That is beyond ignorant.

I see that they charged my insurance $345 for a 40-minute session. That is criminal. I am glad I did NOT go back.

I am good. My knee is good. Physical therapy was NOT good.

So, you know the score. But, I fully appreciate that I AM STRANGE. So, factor that in.


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I Have, Not Surprisingly, Ended Up With ‘ActiFace’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

by Anura Guruge


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ActiFace on my MARQ Expedition.


Garmin MARQ Expedition with Crystal Watch Face Anura Guruge

The ‘Crystal’ watch face on my MARQ.


I had been using ‘ActiFace‘ on my Garmin Fenix 5 & Fenix 5 Plus for exactly one-year before I upgraded to the MARQ Expedition.

I had got quite attached to ActiFace once I got it customized exactly the way I wanted it. I had stumbled upon ActiFace accidently. I had been a ‘GearMin‘ fan. But, I discovered that GearMin did not work flawlessly on the Fenix 5. It disabled the DOWN button. That wasn’t good. That is when I found Actiface.

I like digital watch faces. So, the Garmin default analog did not last long.

I tried the new Crystal face. I like it. Just prefer ActiFace more. Gives me much more data, with more color and graphics.


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Garmin Express (For Windows) Now At Version 6.14.2.0 (As Of June 4, 2019).

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Interesting. This is a ‘dot’ update — i.e., it went up from v6.14.1.0 to v6.14.2.0. I had to do a double-take to spot it. I expected it to be v6.15.1.0.

Also this new update in 19-days! That is fast — and strage. They must have had a major bug they needed to fix, maybe with the new ‘Connect IQ‘ store.

In January 16, 2019 we were at v6.11.1.0. So, we have gone up three full versions higher in five months. Not bad.

Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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 ‘MARQ Expedition’ Silicone Strap Is 22mm ‘Quick Fit’, BUT Is Different To Others.

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The Garmin MARQ Expedition comes standard with a $199 Italian Vacchetta leather strap. It is very nice. Too nice, in my opinion, for everyday use, especially if you, like I, are in the habit of taking showers with your Garmin still on your wrist.

Luckily, Garmin includes, for ‘FREE’, an extra black silicone rubber watch strap. It is, in theory, a 22mm Quick Fit like those for a Garmin Fenix 5.

But, the strap is very different; everything about it is different. It has a raised shoulder and a bigger clasp. There is no gap between it and the watch. I like it.

My problem — I can’t find ANY other bands like it, even in black.

I have 5 Fenix 5 bands in different colors. They fit on the MARQ. But, they look different to the black band.

So, just a heads up.


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