Time For A Change
This little computer, or something comparable, is all I’ve ever used for 30 years. I’ve never needed the bells & whistles; less is more.
But after my experience at Rockabilly Gran Prix road race, I knew it was time for a change. I needed to track heart rate, routes, climbs, efforts… Sure, I could use Strava on my iPhone but I don’t have unlimited data so that would get expensive. Plus, on long rides, my phone battery dies.
Meet The New Boss
Switching to the Edge 1000 was like going from writing with pen & paper to using a computer. Tons of options and features, many of which I may never get into.
So why the 1000? Simple: the money. I got a great deal from my local shop, MOAB, and used Garmin’s $100 rebate to make the purchase even sweeter. In the end, my unbundled Edge 1000 was the same price as the Edge 820. I also like the larger screen because I ride without my glasses & need as much help reading as I can get!
I’m still on a learning curve, but I love my Edge. Having it connect to my phone so I can see who is calling or texting is wonderful! In the past, I’d have to stop, pull out my phone, squint to see who had called or texted. Now, I can see at a glance if it’s something that needs my immediate attention or not.
Customizing the activity profiles is cool and gives me more data than I really need. I don’t track power or cadence (just can’t afford those meters right now) so I’m only using the heart rate. On my screen, I have this set to heart rate zones so with a quick glance, I know how I’m doing. All-in-all, getting around inside the Garmin’s many parameters is very intuitive, but then again, I enjoy that geeky kind of thing.
Being the creative that I am, I’ve experimented adding a 3rd person display (DozenCycle) to get even more jazz from the Edge. On a recent ride, it lagged in transmitting data so I may delete it, but other than that, it’s nice. I primarily use it as Coach on our JDRF rides to give riders data, like hill gradient, that they don’t have.
Some Pros & Cons
For 30 years I’ve ridden “old school” by listening to my body. Now, I can confirm that when I’m working hard but my breathing is controlled I’m in Zone 3-4. When I’m huffing & puffing, Zone 5.
Connecting to Strava, as well as downloading courses, is easy-peasy and is helping me better track my rides and performance.
On the downside, I can see how monitoring one’s data could negatively affect a ride. For instance, if I need to be hitting race pace speeds in a group ride but I’m too worried about being in Zone 5, I may hold back. In fact, a friend confided to me that on race day, he turns his screens off. After all, the goal is to go faster than the guy next to you and you either will or you won’t; you don’t need your Garmin being Captain Obvious.
In the end, my Edge 1000 is going to be vital on long tours (navigation,) help monitor/shape my training season, and let me know if my wife or a client calls, all without me missing a spin or a turn.