Cyclists are quite a specific group of athletes, especially for amateurs. In the past few years, technology has gone so far that we're already loading everything before we leave the house. Not only one battery from the whole group of accessories, but slowly each of the components separately - both gearboxes and CR2032 links in the klamkomanetkach. In addition, a heart rate monitor, power measurement in the crank / pedals, telephone, wireless headphones, Garmin, lamps, heated insoles. It's even more fun when we take into account the amount of kilowatt hours that we generate when we leave the house, and which will go completely absurdly into the air. In the autumn, it turns out that despite kilograms of electronics, we do not have much to run with and again, you have to go to the store. Forerunners and Suunto are waiting.


 (...) One should only run if being chased. And even then, one should only run enough to prevent capture.

~ Velominati


The riders do not run, it's a well-known truth. There are even legends about those who, instead of going up the stairs, were brought up to save their legs. Bernard Thévenet mentions in the book of the Yellow Jersey Club that defeating 3 steps to enter the podium was difficult for him as if he were entering another pass. However, we are not professionals (at least I). Frank Strack collecting rules on the Velominati website, and then developing them in the book The Rules (recommended), did not take into account our climatic conditions. Winter is comingand that for the average person on a full-time basis means 5 months of night.

Let me be clear: Garmin Product Managers should go to hell. Apart from the fact that running with an anvil at the wrist is a bit uncomfortable, it does manage ... only that in the Garmin Edge series there is no such thing as running speed (pace), or the value of "minutes / kilometer". It's more of me as if we had no current speed or power on the bike. You can run on the pulse, but why we are forced to do so, when writing such a function would take about 4 minutes in gusts - a few lines of code. Evidence? Connect-IQ, available recently on models 1000 and 520. It's SDK (tools for modifying the finished product) thanks to which we can create our own boxes or widgets on the device. I assume, however, that if someone overwhelms it, he does not have to read this entry. All else remains reconciled with this situation, buying a new watch or carrying a small, wireless data processing center.

Below are a few solutions tested by me. Most of them will be useful for us wrist rest for Garmia.


1. Garmin 7xx, 8xx, 1000



I will not discover America. Big Garmins are a bad idea for running, not only because of the lack of a field rate, but also the opportunity to do harm not only to yourself, but to everyone around you. Waving a brick in the crowd can be dangerous. On the other hand, if we want to practice the biceps, then this is the right patent. In general, I do not recommend the solution.



2. Garmin 5xx.



As you can easily guess, the smaller Garmin performs just like a big one, only more comfortable. I ran some gears with him and gave him advice. Of the three options I need, that is:
- pace, to know if I'm running fast and according to plan
- a heart rate monitor to know if I'm tired
- gpsa, to be able to boast about the web or at least save where I was running that day
there are only the last two. The convenience of use is good, but .... worse with accuracy. As for the 500 model with large street gears, between buildings, the hood can get seriously lost. In the case of the 510 and 520 models, it is much better thanks to the support of GLONASS, so if we have such a possibility, I suggest to include it obligatorily.



3. Phone with ANT + and HR bar



Some modern telephones, in particular the Sony Xperia family, have an integrated ANT + module. A solution that makes life a little easier, at least when it comes to saving a trace. In a simple way, it can then pair our HR bar, eg from Garmin (or any other using this protocol) with the application on the smartphone - Endomondo does quite well with it. Our wonderful Strava does not support such a solution, therefore - ideologically - I strike her off the list of running applications. A bit ashamed.

I am a big fan of antistil in this sport, so I am very happy to put on the shortest pants as possible. So short that they can not be shorter, because they would hook on the pants. There is then a problem where to put the phone. To see something, I would have to have it on my wrist, and then there would be another possibility of killing someone by waving a hand joyously. It can be put in a pocket from the pants, risking their slow downhill ride. You can have it in your hip and make it out of the box every now and then so that it does not ride around us. However, due to her pressure on the stomach, since I became a silent representative of the campaign "I Do not Run" on the stomach of GP Żoliborz, I decided not to use it again, especially when I am in a hurry.

The best patent in my opinion was a slightly gay half-backpack from Decathlon. It fits perfectly with shorts and gray-orange shoes. To complete the style, only the ladies are missing and Paulie Bleeker may feel threatened. Contrary to fears - he does not wipe. If only it did not cost dizzy PLN 50 ...





3. Phone without ANT + and HR bar


As always, if someone has an iPhone, maybe the same as others, just have to pay a little extra. So if we have a phone without ANT + protocol support, we need to buy a special adapter, called a dongle. It will also be useful for other things that I will describe soon - the equivalent of an intelligent home, only on a trainer.

Support Stravy claims that the application works with this protocol if I have the only right phone model and dongle: "If you're using ANT + device, you'll need to plug in your ANT + receiver - currently the only supported model is the Wahoo ANT + Key, only for iPhone models 4s and below."


4. Phone and HR bar by Bluetooth



There is also a simpler solution. Instead of the ANT + strap, we can buy one with Bluetooth. BT should probably have every modern phone. The advantage is that it also works with Strava.

Here I will stop for a moment to look at the interesting solution it is Wahoo TICKR. In addition to being a heart rate sensor with both ANT + and Blutoothem, it also has a few other interesting options that I will probably never use and I will never be useful, but I like them: time of contact with the ground, running, smoothness *, inclination and so on.
* that is how smoothly we run and how we shake the body.

Added to this is the ability to save the workout directly on the bar (unfortunately without a trace of GPS) and other configurable options like vibrating alert or operation by tapping. Maybe simply Wolf from Walstreet Sagan had a TICKR installed and hitting him in the chest?



The producer of course also adds a training application that will make us even more ... everything.

In short: cool bajer, especially for people who like to look at numbers and diagrams. With a little bit of self-denial and a few uses of googles, we'll probably be able to improve the running technique gently. However, the problem of live monitoring still remains. What to tell me, that at home I will find out that I was running well technically and I still had a safe supply in my lungs. When I run to the top I know that 177 strokes are just enough to survive and this is one of the few things I would like to control when fighting for the result. So how do you do it?


5. Telephone + additional display


If I run with a phone anyway (because it's hard to look after a group of a dozen or so thousand people, and a good photo to be able to cast on the fiche with the signature "today I ran") and if I hack any HR bar anyway, maybe it is option to see what it displays ... Well, there is: RFLKT +. Again, the bicycle prosthesis, but the bike works perfectly, so it can do well in running. What is this?

RFLKT + (the Wahoo company did not buy enough vowels) is actually a reflection of the smartphone screen. 4 fully configurable buttons and interface in the application that allows us to choose what we want to see. For this, in the version with a plus barometer and thermometer. It connects with Strava and stuff, but of course it's best to fire it with Wahoo Fitness, which gives you the most opportunities and then exports further.


Similarly to other devices, we set the fields on the display and their number, select what to present, assign actions to each button (including music control - unfortunately, from my point of view, useless, because it only supports the Wahoo playlist, and Spotify does not start ) and a special screen with notification when, for example, we use a pause or end of a lap. At a price of ~ 100 euros, it is probably the best investment when it comes to cycling counters (for people who drive with a phone in a pocket) in the price / usability category. They especially take into account what we get using the telephone:



While the distance on the bike can be measured using a medieval solution based on the manges attached to the spokes (or renaissance, with the sensor on the hub), it is already a bit harder to run. It's usually based on a GPS. What counts is the signal strength, the frequency of writing the trace (time interval or mode, intelligent 'saving only key changes) and the processing by the application. That's why we often have the same distance from the Endomondo track than on Stravie - even putting in a ready .gpx file. When it comes to accuracy in the city, between buildings, my subjective observations are classified as follows:

1. Telephone - GPS signal + A-GPS support, based on relay stations BTS + support for a huge number of WIFI networks

2. Devices with GPS + GLONASS

3. Devices with GPS.

While somewhere at the end of the world, where the range of the phone is negligible, and WIFI networks have not yet arrived, the second option may turn out to be the best, it is in the center of a big city, the first one is definitely better.



The obvious number one conclusion: Running equipment works best for running.
It is so much fun that equipment dedicated for running is usually very good in cycling (until we use the power meter and it does not bother us that everyone will take us for triathlonists). That's why I'm going to use the loaned Forerunner, probably for the upcoming half-marathon in Lisbon. Do you need to have such equipment to run? Of course not. At my amateur level, you can certainly achieve much better results without thyroidology, but what would we read at work then?

Running according to plan and in accordance with the assumptions can also be pleasant, and above all effective. I checked it at this year's Run Warsaw. From the experience and analysis of previous runs I knew that I could run below 4min / km, I also knew that I should stick to the heart rate 177. I came in the middle with HR 175 and pace 3:58 - I ran like Froom and its power measurement on the bridge . I did not predict, of course, that the run will have a little more than 10km for me and that the activated autopause below 7min / km will introduce some distortions. The plan turned out to be imperfect, but it was important that it was fulfilled.