I Get To Check Out The New ‘Garmin’, Ultra-Long Battery Life, ‘Enduro’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).
Side-by-side with my ‘Garmin’ ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar‘.
It is an impressive watch, out-of-the-box — as you would expect from a $899, Titanium-bezel smartwatch. It is also BIG as you will be able to tell from the pictures. It is the same size as a Garmin Fenix 6X or 5X. I have never owned (or even tried out) a Fenix ‘X’. As you can see I have dainty wrists. But, I kind of LIKE the Enduro. It sure has presence.
Right now (i.e., today) — & for the next couple of days — I will be putting the Enduro through its paces SIDE-by-SIDE with my trusted Fenix 6 Pro Solar. I like to check & calibrate steps, heart rate, floors climbed etc. (Actually that is part of my self-created ‘brief’. I like to report back to HRM USA on smartwatch accuracy. They find the data useful to have.)
So far, so good.
Setting it up was a BREEZE. Garmin is getting slicker & slicker. Very smooth. Paired with my Android Google Pixel 5 in ‘seconds’. Good. Impressive. I am pleased.
I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.
I Do NOT Let A 28-Day February, With Some Bitterly Cold Days, Get In The Way Of My 500,000-Steps/Month Goal.
I only started this 500,000-steps/month goal last May (i.e., May 2020). Kind of walked that without setting out to do so, But, when I realized that I had walked 500,000 steps, I LIKED it. Decided to make it a goal. The following month, June 2020, was 30-days. Ooops! One day makes a difference.
I then decided that I will not let 30-day months get in the way. One days was not that difficult to surmount.
So, this was my 1st February.
Well, I set out to see what I could do. I did the sums. I had to walk, on average, 1,000 more steps a day than on other months. So, that is what I did. I like to bank up steps on good days. So, in February I did quite a few 20K days. That helped.
So, my streak is still going. 8-months & counting. SMILE.
Today’s picture was at the end, with 2-hours of snow in ‘my hair’. SMILE.
They got it wrong again. We weren’t supposed to get any snow till noon. Well, it started snowing, pretty steadily, around 9:30am. Well, I had to go for my 2-hour walk. I did.
At long last I have FINALLY learnt to dress warm for winter. So, this was what I looked like when I got back.
WOW. It bucketed down today — till mid-afternoon. Torrential rain & gusty winds. WHAT TO DO?
I could have tried waiting until it stopped — BUT then it might be getting dark, & I PREFER to limit my ‘night walks‘ to 2-miles or below. Plus, I wasn’t sure whether the dog wanted to go out. He did NOT. He was NOT having anything to do with this weather.
I, as I had done a month ago, wore TWO layers of outerwear. It kind of works. Outer latey gets soaked.
Snow is ALWAY much better than rain! Trust me. I know. Rain is wet. Snow not as much. When the ground is FROZEN (as it was today) they are BOTH slippery. That was an issue.
I wear the yellow glasses to keep the rain from my eyes. Pretty simple. Logical.
Well, I did 10,589 steps in this rain. SMILE. Felt good. I was SOAKED. But, I think I will live.
Busting my knee on February 28, 2019, when I slipped on ice, & the amazingly successful surgery a week later, proved to be an EYE OPENER, a turning-point in my life. I had been walking/running prior to that, BUT my busted knee (& pre-diabetic blood glucose levels) told me that I had to UP my game.
It has now become second nature. I just put in the steps.
So, it can be done.
IF I can do it, then anyone can.
Heard it last night, on the 11pm BBC World News, during my postprandial walk.
45-minutes of exercise, 3-times a week has shown to SLOW down the spread of grey hair.
THIS STRUCK A CHORD!
Why. Within the last month my 14-year old had commented that THE AMOUNT of grey hair I have has not changed much in 5-years. That it has been the same as long as she can remember. I told her that it must be my genes.
But, appears NOT to be the case. They now reckon that genetics only play a 30% role in grey hair.
Well, I exercise, WITHOUT FAIL, 150-minutes a DAY, 7 days a week. That is over 7x (7 times) the recommended level.
Could that be it?
I walked just under 6-miles as you can see from my Garmin read-out above.
It was raining. Not hard. But, persistent. I wore TWO rain jackets, one of top of the other to keep me dry. It worked.
I only managed to walk 12,000 steps on Christmas Eve since I had to go pick up a car, in Vermont, with my daughter. So, I needed to compensate.
Plus, I knew I would be cooking a 8lbs ham — & that I would eat a 1/4 of that myself. SMILE.
So, it worked out. I think I expended just about enough calories for all that I consumed later in the evening.
It was a LOT of snow, at least 20″ (0.5 meter). But, that was NOT going to dent my walking streak. I have walked more than 10K steps, a DAY, without a single break, since April 17. 244-days & during that time I had two cataract surgeries. Still got my steps in even on those days. Doctor knew it. He was all for it.
Then, with the help of my two daughters (14 & 20, we cleared the drive. SMILE.
I honestly have never set out to be an overachiever. I actually find it an unattractive trait! I relate much better with underachievers — because in my mind & heart that is what I am.
But, when it comes to walking, I can’t help myself. SORRY.
It is my MORTAL dread of being sick. I don’t like the inconvenience of being sick.
2,020 miles for the year. Yeah, IF I basically give UP walking.
SMILE. Don’t hate me. My life is already hard.
Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.
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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.