High Tech vs Low Tech

tomtom-runner-cardio-white-red-1Backcountry.com has the TomTom Runner Cardio on sale for $114.99.  My FreeStyle Shark Predator watch went belly up and a friend urged me to go high tech.   It should arrive tomorrow via UPS 🙂  Just in time for the Frisky Goat 5k Winter Series; Four 5k’s with the final race on New Years Day.

Update:  After using the TomTom Runner Cardio for a week it reminds me of when I upgraded from a flip phone to a smart phone and used the Google Map app for the first time after printing out hard copy Google maps on my Canon printer.  Why did I wait so long?  Have you ever had the experience of trying to pull information out of the clouds that you didn’t know existed?

I remember the “aha! moment” of discovering Performance Energy Gels for the first time in the 2000 Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Alaska.  My brother Paul searched Anchorage on race morning for PowerBar Energy Gels.  Coming up empty handed he waited for me on the race course with Hershey’s chocolate bars.  He also ran the last two miles of the marathon course with me in hiking boots and jeans which was a godsend.

I’ve purchased a copy of The Complete Runner’s Day-by-Day Log 2017 Calendar like I’ve done every year since 1984, to collect race memorabilia; race numbers, photos, ribbons and results.  I’m already seeing the benefits of tracking metrics with the TomTom Runner Cardio (pace/speed, distance/calories, steps, heart rate and cadence) on Runkeeper and Strava

Training Tip #1:

For moderate-intensity physical activity, target heart rate should be at 50 to 70% of maximum heart rate.  Maximum heart rate is based on age.  To estimate your maximum heart rate take 220 minus your age.

My estimated maximum heart rate is 220 – 58 years = 162 beats per minute (bpm). 

    • 50% level: 162 x 0.50 = 81 bpm, and
    • 70% level: 162 x 0.70 =  113.4 bpm

For more information check out the  “Target Heart Rate and Estimated Maximum Heart Rate” article on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

“Keep on Truckin” as CSUH Pioneer cross country and track & field coach Bob McGuire used to say.

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