Jan 15, 2017

I know I’ve been going on a lot lately about the heart rate facility on my new Garmin Forerunner 735XT. I am now pretty convinced it’s crap. As I mentioned in the last post, I did an intense session of hill sprints till my guts felt like they were hanging out. Yet, the watch only registered my maximum hear rate at 142 bpm. On a much easier run the day before the maximum was supposedly 177. Yesterday I did a pretty easy run and the max came in at 152. Today I did an incredibly easy 5 km run without exerting myself at all, yet the watch recorded a maximum heart rate of 180.

There’s no consistency at all. This finding of mine mirrors a news story I saw recently in which heart rate applications on things like Fitbits were tested and found to be very unreliable. So, if you think you’re getting value out of these things, you’re being conned like a Trump supporter. However, I do think the distance measuring facility is an improvement and most other aspects are good – just not the heart rate monitor or the elevation measurement.

I’ve totalled 115 km this week, including two speed sessions. I will admit to a fair bit of fatigue. I might go a bit easy for the next couple of days, which includes today. From mid week I’ll be running on the Mornington Peninsula for a while. That’ll be nice for a change.

Today’s photo was taken near the Californian town of Santa Maria. The fertile plains between the mountains were intensely farmed, in this case with strawberries. Half an hour later I was doing an interview with a local TV station.



On This Day


Jan 15, 2012

Distance today = 34.66 km; Total distance = 766.48 km; Location = Woodend, NZ –  43 18.657′ S, 172 40.341′ E; Start time = 0832, Finish time = 1336


A planned shorter day today, which will set me up for a big week in which I need to get to Picton at the northern end of the South Island, for a ferry to Wellington on Saturday afternoon. If all goes to plan, I should cover the 313 km from Woodend in five and a half days.

I ran through the centre of Christchurch today and was amazed at just how much damage had been done by the earthquakes, and how much of the city is still closed down and inaccessible. Already we have experienced about ten tremors, including a 5.1 magnitude last night. It is really quite scary to be woken by an earthquake of that magnitude. I can only imagine how frightening it is when one of the really big ones hits.

NZ TV3 came out and met me on the road today, filming a piece which aired tonight on the national NZ news. I think Carmel will be posting a video of this later on.

I would like, once again, to thank Bek and Steve for their hospitality in providing accommodation for the night. We’re just back from pizza and beers  with them at the local microbrewery down the road – a lovely evening. Steve has a very nice Takamine cut-out acoustic guitar, which could see some action at the conclusion of this blog. Bye.