The Edge…Part 1

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.

Waiting for the Edge

After sitting on the fence for what seemed like an eternity, I finally bought a Garmin bike computer.  Based on what I thought I needed, I bought the Garmin Edge 500 from good old Competitive Cyclist.  I have been using a very basic Sigma Team BC1106 since I resumed cycling in 2008.  For a long time I liked the simplicity of just knowing my elapsed time, mileage, and speed, but over the last couple of months I started thinking that a more comprehensive computer might help me get a little more focused in my training.

I need some motivation.  I love to ride and enjoy passing the miles, but sometimes I just need something to get me out of the house and out of my own way.  Here’s where I thought the Edge could help.  The ability to track my physical metrics as well as being able to download maps of my rides seems like something that will stoke my fire at times when I need a kick.

The Edge comes tonight and I will be waiting patiently for the UPS guys to get to my house and leave it for me.  It’ll be hard for me to open it up and have to wait until tomorrow to get the first ride in.   As far as new technology is now concerned…I’m all in!