Your input needed ! Garmin/technology "how to" session.

Dave Truman's picture
Dave Truman
If you are in a hurry, please just answer yes/no to question a).
On last week's shirkers ride, a couple of people said they'd be interested in an interactive session on how to use their Garmins. I'm trying to help look into people or organisations who might be able to run such a session. To do that I'd like to:
a) gauge possible interest. If we arrange something would you come ?
b) decide on the format. Do you want a group talk, a bit like the one with Will Mangar, on how to use a Garmin and then ask questions, or would you prefer a small group of 4 or 5 which could be much more interactive ? One talk or a number ?
c) get an initial list of topics you'd like to see covered:
Which products ? 310/910/920, 500/510/520, 800/810, Garmin Swim, Garmin Connect, non Garmin, Strava, Training Peaks, phone apps.....
Set up? Pairing, profile set up, training zones....
Planning? Route planning, workout planning, training plans
Activity capture? Logging a ride/run/swim, uploading the data.......
Reviewing the data? analysing a ride/run/swim, analysing a race, training stress scores/balance etc., comparison to others
Power meters?
Anything else?
Please let us know what would help you.
Anyone know of any people/organisations who provide this kind of tutorials ? I've contacted Garmin directly already. (Geeky pun intended!)
Dave


Stephen_Searby
Dave
a) Thanks for putting your hand up on this one - I must be sad because I am already looking forward to it!
b) Both. I think we need an overview first just so people realise what is possible and then a more practical session as to how use the device.
c) 510 for me. Most members tend to use Strava instead of Garmin Connect. An intro to Power would be helpful but I think the important areas are understanding the usefulness as a training tool and include all the HRM functions as well as mapping etc. Maybe we could leave it to Paul to tell us how to analyse the data.
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Dave Truman
Steve, that's really good input, but immediately raises point - folks use lots of different devices. You and a number of others have 510, I've seen 910, 310, 500, 800 and phone apps in use. They all have different navigation. A single session covering all of them might not be effective or efficient. What do you, and others think about on demand videos? I found one on the 510 for example: http://youtu.be/IlNvBiRloGI
If I could find good YouTube videos for each of the devices would that be a good idea?
dave_lobley
Good idea Dave
my problem for this kind of thing is always that I don't know what I don't know! but I'd certainly come along to learn more.
I would have thought Garmin would be quite happy to get someone over to see us with a big whizzy demonstration of their range and a case load of product to sell afterwards!
Dave Truman's picture
Dave Truman
Dave. You'd think. Nope. E-mailed Garmin support. They said read the manual !!!
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valplace
Very interested. Have Garmin 510 need to learn how to download MP's pair ith iPhone Garmin connect etc etc val
Stephen_Searby
Dave
That's disappointing and short sighted of Garmin in my view
Are there any shops that in your view have good knowledge or Jon H perhaps? Paul B might be another possibility.
Dave Truman's picture
Dave Truman
Steve, let's talk at turbo session. I have a few ideas.
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Dave Truman
For 510 users, perhaps this article from the excellent DC Rainmaker might help. It at least shows what is possible:
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/01/garmin-edge-510-in-depth-review.html
Just copy and paste the line above into your browser. The article answers Dave L's question on what is possible and some of Val's questions about phone integration.
Dave Truman's picture
Dave Truman
At last night's turbo session, we had....2x500, 3x510, 1x800, 2x310, 1x910 and 1 phone app.
Tony_LaMoury's picture
Tony_LaMoury
Hi Dave, sorry but only just seen this on the forum. I too would be very interested particularly in understanding mapping, using downloaded routes, following courses etc. I have an 800.
Would it be worth trying a local supplier of Garmin products (I don't know any myself) if they thought they might be able to sell one or two devices if you included not just current but potential users ?
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Dave Truman
Tony. Thanks for the input. I've thought about a local supplier. I had some concerns: we don't really want a sales pitch, more practical guidance and is it really realistic to set an expectation of selling two or more units which they'd need to justify their time? Discussing last night with Martin B, we thought between club members we probably have enough to cover 310, 910 and 500 quite well. A couple of hours with a 510, 800, 1000 and the manual and we'd have those covered too. The menus on the units are totally different. So, I am thinking a number of small sessions tailored to each different unit and then perhaps one bigger one on Strava ride analysis. What do you think?
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Tony_LaMoury
Sounds good Dave,yes you are right and thinking about it, perhaps we all know little bits ourselves that would add up to a lot if we put our heads together!
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Debbie_Munton
Very interested. I also have a 510 and have no idea how to map a route, I have synched it with my BB but then what?!
Thanks for investigating Dave.
Stephen_Searby
Dave
I think things are gradually coming together here. I think what we do is set this up as a knowledge sharing session so all we have to do is put a structure around it i.e. an order in which we are going to discuss the various functions. We will then just have to cope with the various different Garmin devices on the night but maybe stick to the cycling ones to start. I am also arranging a cycling injury prevention talk. Might be a good idea if we put these two together on a mon or tues evening.