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Per My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ I DIED Twice, In My Sleep, Last Night.

by Anura Guruge


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I did NOT wake up dead tired. So, I have to assume that dying isn’t very tiring — and, of course, also the resurrection. Didn’t feel a thing.

I did, however, extremely atypically, oversleep by 20 minutes. I do NOT (contrary to what Garmin Connect thinks) use an alarm. I get up when I get up. Usually it is between 8:40 to 8:55 am. I am like clockwork. Not this morning. Strange. My body must have been compensating for the time I was dead.

As the chart below shows I am NOT new to Garmin. I check my heart rate FIRST THING each morning — just to make sure that I had not died.

This is the first time I have seen that I died. Kind of cool.

Yes, I have a depressed heart rate. Yes, part of that is drugs — legal ones, in particular MIRACLE-DRUG Toprol XL which I have been on for 20+ years. Plus, as befits someone in the TOP 99% of floor climbers I am reasonably fit.

My sleeping heart rate does go below 40. I have seen 32. But, never ‘ZERO’.

No, I do not have sleep APNEA and my BMI is definitely lower than that of Donald Trump. Promise and Mexico did not pay me to say that.

So, …..

My adoptive mother died in her sleep when she was 62. No symptoms. Nothing. Just died in her sleep. She was 62. I am 65. But, we do not share any genes (and she never wore jeans).

Interesting. Does not bother me. Dying in your sleep is the best way to go. So, I am cool with this.

Let’s see if I die again tonight. No, I am NOT going to think about it, BUT I bet my resting heart-rate will be up.

I was working it out. I died TWICE. So, I am now in my THIRD-COMING. Maybe I should start a cult.

Don’t wish me anything. Let nature take its course.


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Garmin Fenix 5 — More On The ‘Resting Heart Rate’ (RHR) Reporting Anomaly.

by Anura Guruge


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A few minutes later!



Another Example.

Initial 7-day reading, at 7:00:52 am. Shows previous day close to ’60’.


43-minutes later. Reading adjusted by nearly 10 beats per minute — close to ’50’ than ’60’!


My Fenix 5, first thing in the morning, as soon as I get, giving me an inflated Resting Heart Rate (RHR) reading and then revising it down, quite dramatically, some time later, is now happening on a regular basis. So, here are two examples from different days, July 4 & July 6, 2018 — one showing readings from Garmin Connect and the other the watch Widget,

My Resting Heart Rate (RHR) due to decades of running and two-decades of being on heart-medicine Toprol XL, tends to be on the low side., especially when I am sleeping. It is not unusual for my sleeping heart rate to be in the 43 — 45 bpm range, sometimes falling to the high 30s. I tend to sync my Fenix 5 first thing in the morning and check my RHR (just to make sure that I am still alive).

I already did a post on this on July 4, 2018. Just wanted to show you the July 6th example too.

Then I noticed that the Fenix 5 adjusts this graph in time! So, the SPIKE goes away and it shows that my RHR is GOOD.

Today, July 8, 2018, it happened again. Initial reading, much to my chagrin, was in the high 50s. Few minutes later it dropped down to 46 bpm, which, for I, is par for the course.


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Garmin Fenix 5 — Another Fault, Incorrect 7-Day Resting Heart Rate Reporting (RHR).

by Anura Guruge


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Initial 7-day reading, at 7:00:52 am. Shows previous day close to ’60’.


43-minutes later. Reading adjusted by nearly 10 beats per minute — close to ’50’ than ’60’!


My Resting Heart Rate (RHR) due to decades of running and two-decades of being on heart-medicine Toprol XL, tends to be on the low side., especially when I am sleeping. It is not unusual for my sleeping heart rate to be in the 43 — 45 bpm range, sometimes falling to the high 30s. I tend to sync my Fenix 5 first thing in the morning and check my RHR (just to make sure that I am still alive).

But, before checking Heart Rate on Garmin Connect I tend to check in on the Fenix 5 using the widget-loop. Then I hit the on/off button to get the 7-day graph. Invariably it shows this BIG SPIKE that gets me worried! Why did my heart rate shoot up. See figure 1, above. You can see why that would concern someone with heart issues (as is my case).

Then I noticed that the Fenix 5 adjusts this graph in time! So, the SPIKE goes away and it shows that my RHR is GOOD.

I knew that none of you would believe me. So the other day, last Saturday, June 30, 2018 to be precise, I took the above pictures. Now, you can’t tell me that I am just making this up.

Very annoying. I would expect this from a cheap watch BUT not from a Fenix 5.

What do you think?


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Garmin Connect Has A Flaw In Its Heart Rate Reporting.

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My e-mail, today, to Garmin Support.


The problem is pretty simple and these 2
Garmin Connect screenshots prove it.

Look for the LOW ‘heart rate’ — once says ‘40‘, the other says ‘46‘.

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The lowest heart can’t be both 40 & 46. It is one or the other. This is not a new problem. It has been the case for weeks. I just had time today to REPORT it to Garmin.

In case you were wondering ’40’ isn’t the lowest reading I get. I got 38 a couple of days ago — albeit when I am sleeping. Yes, 38! I am still alive — JUST.

I wish I can take ALL the credit for this low heart rate. Alas I can only take credit for 60% of it — say down to 50. The rest is my magic Toprol XL which I have been taking, daily, for 22-years! Toprol XL suppresses your heart rate!


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A Million Small Steps In 98-Days Thanks To A Garmin Vivoactive HR Activity/Heart-Rate Tracker.

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My Garmin Vivoactive HR informed me yesterday (September 20, 2017) that I just completed a MILLION steps per its tracking. I was kind of expecting it, so it wasn’t a total surprise.

I was happy. I had to go back and do some sums. I had started wearing the Garmin on June 14, 2017. So, I had completed the MILLION-mark step in 98 days. 10,200 steps a day (which is not too bad for somebody who is said to spend all his day seated at a computer).

But, this average of 10,000 a DAY is ALL thanks to the Garmin. The Garmin, as I had hoped, is REALLY pushing me. I had got it HOPING that it would help me lose some much needed weight. ALAS, and alack, it has NOT done that. If anything I am 2lbs heavier and at my last physical on August 8, 2017, my doctor did tell me that I was going to die!

Prior to getting the Garmin Vivoactive HR my ‘daily’ runs (5-6 times/week) were 2.4 miles, at best. But, thanks to the Garmin I am now running 3.2 miles. 33% increase.

And rather than just wearing 6lbs of wrist weights I am now carrying a total of 11lbs of weights — 5 additional pounds hanging from a belt. And here is the KICKER. I am running the longer distance, with more weights, in LESS TIME — because the continual pace measurement on the Garmin spurs me on. So you would think I would have lost SOME bloody weight. Plus, it says that on average I climb 26 flights of steps a day (which is basically measuring elevation gain). 26 flights a day. I thought I did more.

The other good news, for I, despite the fact that I am dying per my doctor, is that my resting heart rate is BELOW 50. That amuses me. The other reason I got the e Garmin Vivoactive HR was that when I tried Shane’s Fitbit it said that my heart rate was 80. I nearly had a heart attack. Since my 30s, when I lost a lot of weight, and used to run 7 miles a ‘day’, do a ton of exercise and fast 3-days a week, my heart rate dropped to 60 and stayed there. That it is now below 50 is all due to Toprol XL, which I have taken, daily, for 20 years. Last night my heart rate dropped to 38! No wonder my doctor is convinced that I am dying.

Anywho …

Very happy with the Garmin. I might have to treat myself to a newer model around Christmas. {Smile}

A MILLION steps and I have checked its count. If anything it is slightly on the low side. From my measurements 30 steps that I take (while counting) register as 22.


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