I know that I was previously on the fence about purchasing a new Garmin Edge 500. I finally broke down and bought one a couple weeks ago and I can honestly say that it is a great little piece of machinery. I didn’t know if I was ready to be “that guy” who is obsessed with data and the analysis of that data. I realize that the Garmin is useful even if you don’t want to get crazy with of the metrics it provides. First of all, training with a heart rate has been very helpful in letting me know how intense my workouts really are. It also lets me know that my “easy” wasn’t easy enough so I know on those nice slow days I can ride even slower. I will say that slowing down is quite an adjustment, but I definitely feel like my body appreciates the recovery.
As far as the GPS goes, although the 500 doesn’t give you a map on the bike, but when you download the ride onto the Garmin Connect site you get the satisfaction of seeing the distance you covered right there on a map. I already feel like the device has given me a little extra motivation to try that tough hill I’ve only ridden once or take a detour I’ve never ridden before. Sitting at my desk at work and being able to log on and see my rides helps to transport me somewhere else while at the same time inspires me for my next ride. I haven’t had the Edge that long, but I can already tell that it will make for an interesting season of riding and I already feel I waited to long wondering if I should buy it or not.