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Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.

by Anura Guruge


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I have done two walks with the Venu SQ with it side-by-side (on my left wrist) next to my Fenix 6 Solar PRO.

One walk last night was just under a mile; this morning’s walk was 5.45 miles.

GPS distance was within 0.03-mile. 5.45 on the Fenix vs 5.48 on the Venu SQ. That is not bad. On the short night walk the Venu was out by just 10-steps! Over the 5.45-miles it overcounted by 320 steps. That, from my experience, is not bad at all, at all.

GPS distance on the Fenix 6 is fairly reliable. I have checked it against multiple other Fenixs, a MARQ, Fitbits, Polars, AMAZFITs not to mention phones & cars. Difficult to ever get two devices to be exactly spot on re. GPS, but my Fenix 6 is within the acceptable band. I test all other watches against it – at least to start with. I am happy with the Venu SQ. I have seen some HOWLERS this year – though not from Garmin. SMILE. So, that is all good & encouraging. 3% overcount is tolerable. I am sure I could optimize it if I messed around with stride length. Started using the Venu SQ as my primary (& thus only) watch as of this afternoon. I have tried some new watch faces & a very FINE all-in-one Data Field for walking. With that one Data Field I get all the data, on one screen, as I was with a customized screen on my Fenix 6. More on that on a later review. For now – thumbs up.


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I Have Walked Over 2,500-Miles In The Last Year. That Is (& Was) Sobering. Checking Where I Could Have Gone ….

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, Yes, yes. I know. I always take things to the ‘extreme’. I SURE am NOT hurting/harming anyone or myself. My time. My most precious resource. MY TIME. Well, I do not squander it. New thing is listening to educational AUDIBLES while I do the bulk of my walking. SMILE. I am learning. I am learning. Yes, yes, yes.

500,000 steps a month is now becoming the new norm. 4-months of that. SMILE.



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.


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by Anura Guruge

My Fitness Age Is Now 31. 35-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.

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What cracks me up is that I have a daughter, my eldest, who is 31. So, my fitness age matches her age. Not sure what she will make of that.

I managed to get my VO2 fitness age down by 5 years since May 2020. Trying to avoid COVID has helped.

Well, I am chuffed. Not sure how long I can keep it up — i.e., walking close to 8-miles a day. I am an OLD GUY.

My 14-year old daughter takes my fitness for granted. She expects me to keep up with her. SMILE.

Don’t hate I. I can’t help it. I do like to walk/run. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

My Fitness Age Is 30-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.



I will buy it. I am OK with being ’36’. I have a daughter who is 31. I can live with being 5-years older than her.

My youngest daughter didn’t believe me. She thought my fitness will be in the mid-40s.

Not sure whether this me any good, BUT I am sure it is better than a kick in the teeth.


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I Continue To Be At 99% Percentile For Both ‘Steps’ & ‘Floors Climbed’, Per Garmin — Albeit For My Advanced Age.

by Anura Guruge


From Yesterday.

Yes, I understand that this is in the
65-69 year old men category,
BUT I am still chuffed.
And I am, obviously, NOT competitive —
not at all, never have been.


I am HAPPY.


Have to maintain MORE than 15,000 steps to stay at this percentile. That takes work and walks.

The FLOORS is STUPID. 30 floors. 300′. That is NOTHING. I have done that within 1-hour of getting up. I average 71 floors/day — i.e., 710′. That I live at 860′ above sea level helps. I am always going up or down the side of a hill.


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.


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1-Year After Getting Off Crutches (After Knee Surgery) I Have Walked 2,250 MILES.

by Anura Guruge


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Still on track.
So, averaging 2,100-miles right now
… with SUMMER to come.


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Had never thought about MY STEPS in MILES until I happened to see it on Garmin Connect.

Neat.

When you do the sums it comes out quite mundane.

JUST 6.2-miles a day. Not much.

These days I do around 7-miles a day.

So, I assume that 2,100 — 2,200 miles a year will be my new standard.



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.


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The New ‘Fitbit Charge 4’ GPS Appears To Be Highly Accurate — Better Than Garmin Fenix 6!

by Anura Guruge


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I will not mince words. I am very impressed with the Fitbit Charge 4. Most accurate Fitbit I have encountered and it was my 5th.

I have worn it for 4-days now, side-by-side, on the same wrist, as my $700 Garmin Fenix 6. Step count on the Fitbit Charge 4 has tracked that of the Fenix pretty well. Within 1%. That is amazing for a Fitbit.

And then GPS. Wow. Am I blown away. You have two GPS tracks above.

I would contend that on the longer walk the Fitbit GPS tracked my path better — with more detail. I walked with the dogs and they drag me from side-to-side of the road — and these are DIRT ROADS in the woods with hardly any traffic. So, crisscrossing is not an issue.

Then having the ‘heart rate’ & ‘pace’ overlays on top of the GPS track — brilliant & magic. Love it.

I am humbled. As many of you know, I am a Garmin MAN — and I even own Garmin shares (and have done so for a longtime). Yes, I owned Fitbit too, but that was NOT pretty.

No, I will NOT be wearing the Fitbit Charge 4. SMILE. Slightly too small for my liking. I will be sending it back, with my compliments, to my friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ who were kind enough to ship me this for evaluation. Job done. I am pleased. Nice tracker.

Well done, Fitbit.


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‘Fitbit Charge 4’ GPS Maps Overlaid With Heart Rate & Pace — A Definite Winner.

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Normal GPS Map.


This is BRILLIANT.

I like it. Very clever. And now that we have it, it is SO OBVIOUS.

I do NOT think I can get this with my Garmin. I have never seen it on Garmin Connect.

This is GOLD for the serious athlete. Wow.

I am impressed.

One thing I have NOT found with the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS — is an elevation plot. I just have not come across it. You would think it would be easy to find.

GPS on the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS is accurate. I am wearing it next to my $700 Garmin Fenix 6.

This is one heck of a band. Fitbit has done good.

The Versa 2 was a winner. And now this.


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The New ‘Fitbit Charge 4’ Proving To Be Remarkably — & Impressively — Accurate.

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Yesterday, after my 1st day with it, I noticed that the step count on the Fitbit Charge 4 was within 1% of those measured on my Garmin Fenix 6.

This was my 5th Fitbit & I have never had one that tracked so close to a Garmin. SMILE.

Wow. I was amazed and impressed.

This morning I did this SHORT GPS comparison. Today was my ‘day-off’. In terms of exercise I have been on a 3-days ON, 1-day OFF routine for ever. It works for I. I get 6-days of exercise a week with 1-day off. I am cool with that. On my day off I do not do my 4+ walk (in the morning) or my 23-minutes on my exercise bike. Hence, this short walk.

The GPS map track is GOOD. Distance is about the same as that on the Garmin. The time difference is explainable. I can’t turn them both on/off at the same time.

I just checked the step counts for the day. 110-step difference between the two at 7,800 steps. That is good. Very good.

I am impressed. Best Fitbit, in terms of accuracy, yet.

Well done, Fitbit.


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I Got Lost In The Woods Today — Had To Call ‘911’ To Have Me Talked Out!

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Elevation was an issue.
No paths/no trails & GPS was telling me to go UP!
Did NOT want to risk going too far …

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The views from the TOP before I got lost.


It has been 27-years since I lost got lost in New Hampshire. Given the amount of walking/hiking I do, I consider that not a bad record.

Kind of crazy. Had a premonition all morning that I was going to get LOST! Maybe I set out to get lost.

Patchy snow cover. So, I couldn’t always follow my tracks.

The map on my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is too small and NO bloody good with my eyesight. Yes, my fault.

I had GPS and Google MAPS on my phone (Google Pixel 4) and it showed me where I was heading. But, the terrain was not helpful and I felt I was going the wrong way. It was slippery and heavily wooded. I did not want to hurt myself. That would be have complicated matters. So, I called ‘911’.

They were very nice and I offered to pay. They didn’t come into the woods to get me out. SMILE. They also did not have a GPS that showed them where I was at any given time.

They basically talked me out. Had the two dogs with I. I had to make Braxton bark. They would listen to his bark when we were in range. That is how we walked out — way on the other side of where I had gone in. How did I get Braxton to bark. I would have to tie him to a tree and walk away. He would bark. Not ideal, but that was the only way. I never went far, and he could see me. So, he wasn’t really scared. He saved the day. The Golden doesn’t bark if I am around! She is just happy.

So, that was quite the adventure. ‘They’ were very nice. I knew a couple of them. Need to get a better Compass APP for my phone.


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