As I have been putting the Garmin 305 to the test and playing with all the tricks it can do and using the web based program called Motionbased.com I have come to find a few things with the 305.
1) I used it on the swim Friday and it did not track well at all! Now JD has used his and it seemed fine, so our normal 1500 meter swim or about .93 miles became 1.86 miles, I so wish I swam that in 35 mins, I'd be in Hawaii. Also when I uploaded it to the program the track was all over the place, a couple of times I even came out of the water, climbed over houses and ran down the street and jumped back in and kept swimming.. funny.. but I guess the satellites needed to be re-booted just the space station.
2) No problems while using in the water other than tracking, however, I DID NOT PUSH any buttons while in the water. It did track my heart rate, max, avg and of course time.
3) I used it on the 2 runs and it so wonderful for that. If I didn't mention before you can set the screen to show 1-4 different options that you would info on while running/biking, such as pace, mph, distance, HR, etc... it has more selections than can be used. But the screen will scroll through 3 different screens each giving up to 4 options to view so that's a total of 12 data items you can view if you can continue to run or bike that long without looking up, haha..
The upload to Motionbased is awesome as it again tells you all the date in charts, google maps, weather etc.. I could really go on and on about how much data it gives once you upload. The map thing is cool because you can hit play a little dot/arrow thingybob will follow your start and finish track and will give you data as it moves, amazing.
Now as for the my new training plan from ViCi Sports I'm not sure I like it. It has my race dates and the things I have to do but I guess it's because the days I "usually" do things is now out of whack so I guess it's really adjusting to it. Although, I am looking at being a mentor/coach for Team in Training and they run EVERY Saturday mornings and my plan calls for swim and weights on Saturdays, so I have already sent a question to the coach in looking to change it.. hehe..
take a look at The Grid Iron and I will post the proposed training for now, it starts this Monday. Basically the first two weeks are the same but on the 2nd Sun my bike and run times increase 10 mins.
and of course the rain. It's been raining on and off the last couple of days but that did not stop me from getting in my swim on Friday which I have to say was All By My Self Alone The Whole Swim, as JD got a flat tire and was not going to make it out. It's weird swimming by yourself even though you have swam the same lake before about 20 times, ya know. Anyway, I did it and now I have to work on a little more perfection and I know I will be able to handle Ironhead Dallas in July.