Toys for the Boys

Well this week has been a busy one for me (more about that later in another post). After Michelle & Josh went home on Tuesday, I spent the rest of that night trying to set up my new toy Smile.

I invested in one of these

Garmin 800 DataGarmin 800 ImagesGarmin 800 Training Partner

Its a Garmin Edge 800 GPS/ Computer. Its a luxury item, but I like it. It is:

a) a normal bike computer

b) a heart rate monitor

c) a sat nav device

It enables me to plot the routes I am going to ride in advance and specify the route I want to take, it will then navigate for me and re plot the route if I go off route. It gives me all sorts of data during the ride and after the ride, the data can be uploaded to the internet and viewed in all details I want.

its a toy, but to someone as anal as me re data, it is great fun. I am hoping it will inspire me to more riding. It is easily portable between bikes and no calibration is needed, so its simple to use. It even turns itself on, if I forget to press the start button.

I managed 2 succesive days riding last week and as a result of trying to beat the virtual training partner, my rides were faster than others have  been. Me competitive? Never – LOL, I won against the computer Smile

Sadly, I am not going to be near a bike till the weekend at the earliest owing to work. I am also likely to be away again next week as well so no cycling then either Sad smile.

About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events ( and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at and Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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