Won’t post the stats because it was a bit all over the shop today. I was playing with my new toy, a Polar RS800 speed and distance monitor which I am sure you will agree looks uber futuristic –
My old Polar was getting on to being 2 years old and will now be passed on to my sister, hopefully it will help keep her motivated as she trains for her first Half Marathon in July next year. I had been greedily eyeing off the new Polar for ages but could not swallow the AU$899 price tag, after extensive searching I managed to find it as low as AU$749 from an Aussie on line store. They are heaps cheaper in the US however no one would ship them out of the US due to some stupid caveat imposed by Polar. I mean hey! why sell them for AU$525 when you can sell them for $899! Long story short I finally found a US site that would ship to Australia and let me keep my warranty, while I was at it I also bought a new pair of Brooks Trance, model 7 was just released and I picked up a pair for US$103 that is AU$115, amazing considering they were listed at $130 on the site.
So now I have 3 generations sitting in my rotation, 5, 6 and 7, meet The Family
I put a pair of Trance 5s into semi-retirement today, they will be reserved for Trailwalker training and the day itself, I have a pair of 6s with about 600Kms on them and will put them aside as well.
Anyway, back to my new toy. Not only does it tell you speed and distance it also records altitude, elevation, cadence, stride length, running efficiency based on HR measurements, does your taxes, cleans out the litter tray and folds the washing. I am such a nerdy analyst and I love having a stack of data to chart and pore over, even better if I can put it into a wizz bang spreadsheet with graphs and stuff. There is a dedicated online diary you can use but I prefer to customise things my own way.
I love how it gives you cadence and stride length, on my 4.5km run today my average cadence came out at an average of 89, double that and you get 178 (it only counts one foot) which I think is pretty efficient but I have to do some more research on that. I have been doing some stride drills lately in a attempt to improve my style so they must be paying off. The stride sensor seems pretty accurate out of the box, I did a few 250 metre reps on the tan this morning and they all came out just about spot on. Just to be sure though I’ll do the proper calibration on the track tomorrow.
Are you all bored yet?
The Nairobi Marathon is on tomorrow and a girl from my club is running as an Australian representative, this is one for the four Marathons in the Greatest Race on Earth and Australia has four men and four women representatives. Looking at the website though I was alarmed to note that the Nairobi Marathon organisers are boasting a
fun filled day for spectators family and friends who also take part in the carnivore atmosphere around the venue
Eeep, that is either a typo or there are going to be a hell of a lot of BBQs about the place, lock up your cows people.
Kathy thankyou so much for the Fabulous Award, how on earth to I narrow the field down to 5 people???
Here they are, in no particular order
JoJo for helping keep me sane during hours of pool running and for never failing to crack me up.
Sara for never correcting me when I constantly mispronounce her name and for being witty, intelligent, possessing the best smile I have every seen and the most cheekily naughty yet beautiful dog I have ever met.
Marilyn my blog buddy from across the ocean and fellow stress fracture sufferer, check out her blog, this girl can run and I am always in awe of her workouts.
Jason whom I have never met but am sure he will take the Fab award with good grace. The guy is in training for Iron Man Australia, Triathletes amaze me and I love the technical detail Jason puts into his blog, I always learn something new.
John ‘coz he cracks me up, I wanted to give him a girly pink award, he trained his legs off to run a sub 3 hour marathon recently, has brilliant attitude to training and running and is my own personal spell and grammar checker.
I am going to sneak in a 6th
Jay for making me do Trailwalker and because she is Fab as are all my TW buddies, Michelle and Corrie.
Jeez, I really need to start keeping these to under 500 words, is anyone still with me?