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My Fitness Age, Per My Garmin MARQ, Based On VO2 Max, Is 39 — That Is 27-Years Below Real Age.

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, this I have to flaunt.


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This is per my Garmin MARQ Explorer, which I wear 24×7
from a few minutes ago.

Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’.


This, i.e., 42, was from 2.5 months ago.

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It was ’46’ a month before that.


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.


Yes, 6.5-months post knee-surgery. I am trying to walk at least 7-miles most days. I also do some indoor cycling. Given that I live in a 4-story house, on the side of a hill, I cover a lot of elevation every day and average 52 floors climbed (i.e., 520′) a day. Today it was 86 (860′).

Well, I take all this with a pinch of salt. You have to.

SMILE.


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Garmin’s ‘Vivomove Luxe/3’ & Vivosmart 4 Now Get ‘Connected GPS’ — Provided You Have Your Smartphone Handy.

by Anura Guruge


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All images from garmin.com



What I find here is that these watches did NOT have ‘Connected GPS’ from the get-go.

I have only ever bought Garmin, Fitbit or Amazfit watches with GPS so I have never required ‘Connected GPShttps://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fitness/connected-gps-now-on-vivosmart-4/‘.

I know that it has been available with Fitbit for a number of years. I have heard people talk about it. Thus, I had just assumed (incorrectly, of course) that Garmin must also have this capability by default.

The ‘Vivosmart’ is a $130 band. I can just about fathom why it doesn’t have GPS. For $40 more, you can get a ‘Vivosport‘, with GPS and a color display. That is what I got my wife.

The hybride ‘Vivomove’ with fixed hands and hidden color touchscreen is a $350 to $550 watch. You would think Garmin would offer GPS — maybe even as a $50 option. Guess not.

I love GPS on my watch. I use GPS, near daily, if I am doing a serious walk/run or hike. I do it to get (hopefully) a better distance measurement, i.e., GPS rather than accelerometer and gyroscope. Yes, GPS still leaves much to be desired, especially if you double back on yourself or walk in circles. But, I convince myself that the milage it shows is within +/- 5%. Yes, I have tested distnace with multiple watches (given that I have had at least 12 over the last 2-years) and vehicles.

Using the phone GPS is not the same. Yikes. I feel bad.

Garmin!

Very frustrating. And I am a Garmin shareholder to boot. Yikes.


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I Always Hit My 10,000 Step Goal, On My Garmin, While Showering — Kind Of Frustrating.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record. Click to ENLARGE. I do intentionally take a day-off.


I have had 12 Fitness Trackers In The Last 2-Years.

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Evaluating a ‘Polar Ignite’ against my ‘Garmin MARQ’ in July 2019. Click to access post.


I fully appreciate the dynamics and physics. I am NOT new to this and as you can see above I have been LUCKY enough to have(/evaluate) 12 decent (one could even say ‘high-end’) activity trackers over the last year, spanning Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and Amazfit. And I will say upfront: ‘in my opinion Garmin, especially with the likes of the Fenix 5 (Plus) is better at counting steps than a Fitbit’. But, that is kind of old news.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. She has the same questions. How much of the step count is phantom?

It is inevitable. The accelerometer has to measure arm movements. It has no idea I am in the shower and standing still. It thinks I am walking. And then there was the 6-weeks when I was on crutches! Never counted my labored steps, and I was walking more than most — on the crutches — because my left hand wasn’t moving enough! Again, I understand. Just frustrating.

Why it always happens in the shower these days has to do with my latest ‘schedule’ of the last two-months. As I continue to recover from my knee surgery I have upped the mileage on my morning walk/run from ~3.5 miles to 4+ miles — always with GPS on. Given that a GPS mile equates to about 2,400 steps I am at about 9,700 — 9,800 steps when I get home. Then I get in the shower. Then I hit my GOAL. Bingo.

I did some EXTENSIVE step count record keeping with the Fitbit Inspire HR. With brushing teeth and showering I was clocking up around 400 steps in the bathroom. So, Garmin isn’t doing too bad.

Yes, I walk more than 10,000 steps MOST days. In the days I do, I am in excess of 14,000. So, the 10,000 is not my max. I also realize and tell people that what counts is the trend. Doing the same number of (or more) steps each day.

But, wanted to share this because it has got so rote — having the Garmin do its ‘GOAL’ celebration while I shower.

Oh, I average 41 floors count a day. I go past the 10 floor goal every day (as long as I am not on crutches). I usually hit that goal in the first 30-minutes of my walk/run because I live on the side of a ‘mountain’ and can’t go in any direction without doing some major elevation changes.


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Hiking ‘Mount Kearsarge’, Rollins State Park — July 26, 2019, Warner, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My GPS track from ‘Garmin Connect’. Check the elevation.


ENLARGED GPS Map.

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A YouTube video. You really should watch.


Alas and alack, the last day of my mini, 6-hours a day vacation in and around Concord, N.H. while Teischan was attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I opted to hang around the area, explore and get my usual exercise done. It has been awfully rewarding and I am so glad I am doing this rather than spending an additional 80-minutes driving back-and-forth.

Discovered ‘Rollings State Park’, in Warner, when we visited the excellent ‘Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum‘ (on the same road, maybe 5-miles apart) on Tuesday. Didn’t have time to explore it Tuesday, so I went back today — and am I glad I did.

Quite the place. Not ‘Cadillac Mountain‘ (in terms of the views) BUT not bad at all, at all. I enjoyed it immensely.

Hiking to the summit (at 2,937′) from the parking lot, via the Rollins Trail, isn’t difficult (~0.6 mile and 300’ elevation gain). It is NOT, however, a walk in the park. Very rockey and, though it has been bone dry for 2.5 days, muddy. They need to get ATVs up there to service the cell tower. So, they have various mats and wooden bridges to facilitate this.

Once I did the summit, in order to get my 4-miles for the day, I hiked 1.5 miles down the auto road and then hiked back. That felt good.

Highly recommend this. Plan to go back. Probably spectacular in the fall with foliage.


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Flowers & Flora On ‘Stickney Bike Path’ — July 25, 2019, Concord, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Click image to access post about this WALK.


If you click on the GPS map (above) or just <here> you can read about my walk along the ‘Stickney Bike Path‘ and Turkey Pond. These are some of the pictures I took, with my Canon EOS RP, during that very enjoyable 2-jour jaunt. I wanted to share with you. Enjoy.


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Walking ‘Stickney Bike Path’ — July 25, 2019, Concord, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My GPS track from ‘Garmin Connect’.


ENLARGED GPS Map.

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A YouTube video. You really should watch.


My mini, 6-hours a day vacation in and around Concord, N.H. while Teischan is attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I opted to hang around the area, explore and get my usual exercise done. It has been awfully rewarding and I am so glad I am doing this rather than spending an additional 80-minutes driving back-and-forth.

As one of the pictures above shows you can see the ‘footbridge’ at the start of this trail from I-89. I have seen it hundreds of times but this was the first time I got off at Exit 3 (on I-89) and headed towards it. Until I checked my GPS map I had not realized, at all (at all), that this was two ponds connected by a large waterway. I thought it was a river. Not being a river explains why it was so, so still first thing when I got there.

Nice walk, but alas you heard the rumble from I-89 80% of the time until you get way down. But, still fun. I enjoyed it. Will be going back.

Didn’t see that many people. Just four walkers and maybe 5-bikes. But, this was mid-week, and unlike I most people go to work.

Check out the video. You should like it.

I felt privileged and blessed.


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Walking Disused Railway Track In Serene, Pastoral, Concord, N.H. — July 24, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My GPS track from ‘Garmin Connect’.


ENLARGED GPS Map.

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A YouTube video. You really should watch.

I didn’t put any sound because it was basically QUIET and STILL — just birds.


As I related in an earlier post today, Teischan’s attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I have opted to spend 6-hours a day in Concord and explore. And it has been amply rewarding. WOW. Well, I have to get my walk in and I might as well, quite literally, walk on pastures new than coming home.

I discovered these railway tracks, basically right behind Kimball Jenkins, on Monday. I walked them then. But, I had not taken by phone or camera and I was GLAD. Allowed me to explore and enjoy without distraction. Today, I went back with my phone. It was too hot to carry my camera and I was going to be carrying another load of stuff anyway.

Tranquil, serene, scenic and totally desolate. Nobody but nobody around other than birds (lots of them) and a solitary turtle. I loved it.

Check out the video.

I felt privileged and blessed.


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