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Discussion: Do you run with a GPS watch...

in: depot; depot > 2016-03-19

Mar 23, 2016 3:44 PM # 
Do you run with a GPS watch? How's your training been going?
Mar 24, 2016 1:24 AM # 
I've thought about it, but I don't. I have a Garmin, but one of the track coaches convinced me to stop wearing watches last year. And I feel like I would just stare at it in the woods.
I feel like my training is progressing well, I've been able to do more and faster this season than in previous seasons
How about yourself?
Mar 24, 2016 6:04 AM # 
You need to UNconvince yourself to stop wearing the watch; it provides valuable insight during O-training -- for both you and coaches.

If the track coach is a pain about it, just don't wear it during track practice -- but definitely wear it for any other (ie, O-ing) practice/training, plus competition (eg, Pig, West Point). If you find it being a distraction, just put some easily-removable opaque tape over the display.
Mar 25, 2016 12:25 AM # 
I feel that the watch is a lot more about being able to see how you ran and what type of mistakes you made after the course, it doesn't provide much insight while you're running. Basically, Guy's points.

Nice, you're getting a lot of running time in, which should translate really well into orienteering. I've been having an interesting time shifting gears between soccer, running, and the random orienteering event thrown in. It's pretty weird, it's really nice for you to only have running sports to focus on ^_^ How's your orienteering been improving?
Mar 25, 2016 12:33 PM # 
I don't think I'd be able to balance three different activities at the same time of year
As far as orienteering, since starting Erin's armchair, I've been a lot better in seeing different routes, seeing them faster, and executing them.
Mar 25, 2016 2:15 PM # 
The armchair training is great, some of it is a lot more difficult than we have here.
Mar 26, 2016 10:28 AM # 
He's only balancing 2
Mar 27, 2016 6:13 AM # 
Izzy B:
Guy don't be so bossy. What works for Dylan, works for Dylan. It's great to SUGGEST something you think may help his training though :)
Mar 27, 2016 8:36 AM # 
I was just annoyed that the track coach discouraged him from using his watch.
Mar 27, 2016 6:47 PM # 
Yea, what Izzy said! That coach is a sprinter's coach, so hat tells you all you need to know, but his reason seems like a good one, for example: if during a race you are on your pace, and there is somebody you know you can pass, are you going to keep the pace, or pass the guy? If you have a watch, you'll say, "I'm on my pace, I'm good" And in track it's about where you place, not what time you get
Mar 28, 2016 11:24 PM # 
Feeling ready for the Flying Pig?
Mar 29, 2016 12:51 AM # 
Words to the wise...
Don't piss off the registrar. :-D
Mar 29, 2016 2:15 AM # 
I'm feeling ready, not sure if I am ready.
Is it that bad Guy?
Mar 29, 2016 4:27 AM # 
Nah. Sounds pretty normal...
Apr 3, 2016 8:24 PM # 
I think running on track, you don't need to be analyzing your route afterwards. But if you have a GPS watch, and not using it, you are wasting a valuable tool in orienteering. Comparing and applying things from one sport to another might work sometimes, but in this case it's like comparing apples to cantaloupes (apples to oranges is comparing t&f sprints to 1600)
Apr 4, 2016 11:56 PM # 
I was really was going to bring it this weekend, but don't give me any crap about it por favor
I like that analogy and explanation.

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