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New toys: Garmin Forerunner 405

Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 405

OK, Christmas has come and gone and we’re now suffering the repercussions of the New Year celebrations as well as adjusting to the thought of returning to work. One of many things that I’m taking away from it all is my latest toy, the Garmin Forerunner 405, a personal training watch. A mere week into ownership it’s too soon to tell how effective it will be in changing my training habits to improve performance, but I’m impressed with it.

In the short time I’ve had to play with it I’ve been on 4 runs (2 x 5km, 2 x 10km) and 1 bike ride, on each occasion it accurately recorded an extensive range of information from speed, heart rate, calories, distance, HR range, in fact something like 35 different measurements some of which I’m yet to understand.

It’s a nice toy to accompany me on a run, in fact it has a built in “virtual partner” that you can use to pace your run. Once the GPS has been acquired, which doesn’t take long, it accurately tracks and records the training event automatically, storing the huge range of data mentioned above.

Over the next few weeks I’ll provide a more extensive review, but in the meantime, it’s a bit of a winner. I only hope it contributes to improving my chances of becoming one, not that I expect it any time soon. More soon.

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