Giant Eagle Multisport Festival 2012 – GPS Recording

Giant Eagle Multisport Festival 2012 – GPS Recording

July 29th was my main race for the season: the Giant Eagle Multisport Festival Olympic Distance Triathlon. Since this will be fairly detailed, I’m going to break it up into multiple sections: pre-race/swim, bike/run, post-race/observations, and GPS recording. The Coach also wrote a post about her experience as a spectator watching the point-to-point race along the way.

A quick word about my GPS recording plans for the race. I decided to use two different watches to record the race with. The first was my Garmin Forerunner 910xt. It’s a dedicated triathlon watch with an open-water swim mode and has become my constant training companion over the past few months. I love it and it’s all set up to work with my bike sensor and foot pod for running. However, during my other race this year, the OU AIA Triathlon back in April, I had an issue with the watch. When I finished the race and tried to upload it, the data was corrupted and wouldn’t work. So I ended up doing some major workarounds to have any kind of recording of that race after the fact. This time I didn’t want to have the same problem so I brought along my trusty old Garmin Forerunner 305. This watch was my previous training watch and worked great. The main differences between the two are the swimming features and the size.

Taking a tip from DC Rainmaker, I put the FR305 in a plastic bag under my swim cap so that I could still record my swim with it. Since the unit was going to be out of the water a lot more it would be able to get more accurate distance and speed measurements than my 910 would. Both units have a multisport mode that I set up so once I got out of the water I was able to leave the 910 on my wrist (I didn’t want to accidentally drop it and I don’t have a quick-release for it yet so it would have taken longer in transition) and use the 305 for my speedometer during the bike.

During the run I somehow accidentally stopped the recording on the 305 so I lost some data on that, but since I had both going, I still had a good track from the 910. After the race, the data from the 910 uploaded perfectly and I’ve been using it just as I hoped. I think the errors I’ve gotten in the past from the 910 actually have to do with updating the firmware on the unit. Both times I’ve updated the firmware I’ve had errors with my next swim recording. Funny enough, I haven’t been able to upload the data from the 305 yet. Every time I try to upload it to Garmin Connect the data copies but then the browser freezes. The 305 was planned to be a backup so I’m not too worried about it, it’s just a little annoying.

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