Today's Friday Feature was submitted to our Gallery almost a year ago. Back in June 2010, Ken Walker posted a story about his bicycle GPS. For one year, Ken tracked his progress using his Garmin Edge 705. Read below for a glimpse into Ken's journey.
Beginning in 2009, Ken started his story with a purchase, explaining, "May 26, 2009 I received my Garmin Edge 705 Bike Computer. I thought, well that's a heck of a lot of money for something to tell me mileage, but it's been so much more than that. Originally all I had was the heart rate monitor and I also bought the latest US and Canada microSD card for more accurate road maps. The heart rate monitor, while not as responsive as a power meter for showing your effort, is great for training and balancing your capacity when out for a long ride."
Then, realizing all the information he was gathering, Ken decided to connect online, stating, "I use a site called BikeRouteToaster.com to pre-load a new bike route around Ottawa. I also use extensively the Garmin Connect site to keep track of all my biking and other activities. I've used the 705 through the summer, fall, winter and spring. My coldest day was around -27 [degrees Celsius]. I really use the 705 like a biking companion. I'd be lost without it."
Time passed and Ken suddenly realized it had almost been a year since he first started using his Garmin Edge 705. He explains, "Since May 26, 2010 was coming around I tweeted my friends and asked for guesses as to how far I'd biked. There was no lying because I always use the 705 to track mileage (well except for Hawaii when I got there and was slightly miffed to realize that I had not packed it). I had guessed from around 1100Km to 1200Km. My actual mileage was 4990Km with around 3500Km of that being commuting to and from work and shopping. Around 1500Km was done in the winter through snow and sleet."
After a year of using his Garmin Edge, Ken concludes, "Overall, I'd for sure recommend it if you are an avid cyclist, love tracking stats, and need to work on intervals and zone training." For Ken's full story and a few additional pictures, read his original post in the GPS City Gallery.
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