Garmin Forerunner 410 Multi-Sport GPS Watch

 

Garmin 410 – An Evaluation

As a club level runner and having used the Forerunner 405 for over three years, I was very excited about the release of a potentially updated and improved version of the worlds most advanced GPS running watch.

Touch Sensitive Watch Bezel
The touch control bezel bought over from the 405 is an element that you either adore or you hate. The younger generation in many cases are able to quickly grasp how to control the watch successfully by applying the proper motions and pressure’s to the bezel, but many other wearers sometimes found that the 405 bezel just generated immense stress rather then making the watch a pleasure to use. With the new 410, Garmin doesn’t seem to have made the bezel any more user friendly and strangely have even removed the ability for the wearer to change the level of responsiveness of the watch’s bezel – the one feature of the Garmin 405 bezel that meant that the wearer had some flexibility. From running with the Forerunner 410 for a few weeks now, I have found that the Bezel hasn’t generated me any trouble and commonly I find that I only use it to set the unit up before a run. In most cases when I am out training with the watch in running or cycling mode I mainly use the two main buttons to control the watch..

High Sensitive GPS Receiver
There are a number of enhancements made to the 410 that I really appreciate nevertheless. The new high sensitive GPS is so powerful that my own Forerunner 410 occasionally even picks up a signal within my house before I have even began a training session and is very speedy to pick up a signal again after I lose reception from running though tunnels or by hi-rise flats and offices.

Heart Rate Based Calorie Tracker
I also really like the new calorie computer. I am training for an IronMan and knowing the precise amount of calories that I am burning has meant that I know just how much food I need to eat throughout the race.

Heart Rate Monitor
The new style Garmin Heart Rate monitor that the Garmin 410 is supplied with is also a great improvement as it is far more comfortable than the traditional style HR strap as it isn’t as restrictive.

Feature List of the Garmin 410

High sensitive hotfix GPS Receiver means you can track and record up to 40 essential training statistics whilst out running

Evaluate your run’s using Garmin’s feature rich Online Connect Portal

Garmin’s Virtual Training Partner allows you to race against a virtual runner – very useful for race practice.

Easily switch between cycling and running modes.

Compatible with many wireless ANT+ Heart Rate Straps and Cycling Sensors

Jim Thorpe, America’s First Multi Sport Athlete, Olympian, NFL Star, Major League Baseball

Jim Thorpe Career Highlights

Long before the likes of Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, and Michael Jordan there was an original “super athlete” named Jim Thorpe. Fans didn’t dwell on what Jim Thorpe could do, instead they questioned if there was anything this sports icon couldn’t do! He would watch a sport that he had never attempted before, study their techniques, then perfect them on a world class level.

In Thorpe’s prime he could run faster and jump higher than all of his competitors. He was an Olympic gold medalist in track and field. He won gold medals in the decathlon and the pentathlon. He played professional football and major league baseball. Not only that, Jim was a tremendous basketball player and one of the best lacrosse players in history. When you look at the grand scope of Thorpe’s accomplishments there has never been another athlete like him.

Timeline Biography:

  • Born: May 28, 1888
  • Age 10: Twin brother Charlie dies of pneumonia
  • Age 12: Mother died of a blood disorder. Father dies of the same illness three years later
  • Age 15: Jim studied agriculture and tailoring at Carlisle Indian School (equivalent of high school and college combined). Letters in 11 sports
  • Age 19: Promoted to varsity by coach Pop Warner
  • Leads Carlisle to 11-1 record and earns All American honors. He kicked a 50 yard field goald to bieat #1 ranked Harvard
  • Age 24: Wins Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon
  • 1915 – Plays professional football for the Canton Bulldogs
  • 1920 – Named president of the NFL
  • 1928 – Retires as a New York Giant

Interesting Facts About Jim That you May Not Know

  • Over the span of 7 years Jim Thorpe lost his entire family to disease and was completely alone by the age of 15. After the death of his entire family Jim learned to channel his physical and mental energy to block out the pain. This inner strength is what enabled him to survive the excruciating punishment of professional sports.
  • In Thorpe’s 1912 meeting with Army, defensive specialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was put in the game to try and slow down Thorpe. The future U.S. president blew out his knee while trying to tackle Thorpe.
  • Jim had a special grace about him. In 1912 he won the collegiate ballroom dancing championship.
  • Jim Thorpe was considered a world class athlete in baseball, basketball, discus, football, hammer throw, handball, high jump, hurdles, ice hockey, lacrosse, long jump, mile run, pole vault, rowing, shot put, speed skating, sprinting, and tennis.

The SEAT Altea – A Multi Sports Vehicle

The SEAT Altea was launched in 2004. It was the time when car manufacturers had already come up with many terms like SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and MPV (Multipurpose Vehicle). At the time SEAT came up with another indecipherable term MSV (Multi Sports Vehicle) and introduced the Altea. It was aimed to conquer the market of practical cars like Ford Focus C-Max but with a sporty touch. The SEAT Altea shares the chassis of the Audi A3 and VW Golf and has the same front as the SEAT Leon hatchback. The larger wheels and stylish bodywork make it the sportiest people carrier, however the raised roofline doesn’t really go well.

The range topping Cupra models boast a big tailgate spoiler and 19 inch alloys same as the Volkswagen Phaeton. Inside, the dashboard has the same style as many other VW models of the time. Overall the cabin is comfortable thanks to the fully adjustable seats. The steering wheel is also adjustable for the reach and rake returning a perfect driving position. The SEAT Altea scores high when it comes to the practicality. It’s not a traditional MPV, more like a versatile small estate, hence the term MSV. Unfortunately, the term didn’t catch on as much as it was expected. It has 409 litres of boot space and can be increased to 1,320 litres on folding the seats flat. If you think that’s not enough you can go for the Altea XL, which boasts 532litres or 1,604litres with seats down.

On the road the SEAT Altea handles great despite of being such a tall car. The body roll is excellent and the steering is responsive, although it’s not as sharp on the curves. Driving a Ford S-Max is a more fun experience. The Altea has a firm suspension, as a result the ride becomes uncomfortable on bumpy roads. The Seat Altea comes with a wide range of engine options. The Altea diesel engines include 1.9TDi with 89bhp, a 1.6 litre and a 2.0TDI with 138bhp. The Altea engine options in petrols are 1.4 litre with 84bhp, 1.2TSI and 1.4TSI turbocharged units with 103bhp and 123bhp respectively. The petrol units are good but can’t compete with the efficiency of EAT Altea’s diesel engines.

SEAT gives a mixture of old and new engines. The older engines are not as fuel efficient as the new ones and include 1.4 petrol and 1.9 litre and 2.0 litre TDi diesels. The new Altea engines are more economical and include 1.2 litre TSI (49.6mpg and 132g/km of CO2 emissions), 1.4 TSI (44.1mpg) and 1.6TDi (with 62.8mpg and 119g/km of carbon emissions). The SEAT Altea not look as stylish as some of the others in class, but it drives well and is equipped with decent engines. Its practicality makes it a good choice for family car. It has been awarded with a full five star Euro NCAP rating which reassures the safety.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT: A Smart Choice for Multi-Sport Athletes

Garmin is a company which started as a GPS maker in 1989 but has now branched out into making sport devices, including the Garmin Forerunner 310XT. Garmin’s GPS devices can be found in many sectors, including aviation, marine, and mobile applications. They are truly specialists in GPS. Still, they have produced some great devices for tracking dozens of statistics for practitioners of many sports.

Garmin makes devices for golfers, cyclists, runners, swimmers, and multi-sport athletes. This is where the Forerunner 310XT comes in. It is a multi-sport device designed to aid primarily triathletes. Garmin’s philosophy is to create products that help you train smarter. Though the 310XT is perfect for the serious triathlete, the average athlete will enjoy and benefit from using it as well.

The Forerunner 310XT is a fully GPS enabled device that tracks movement and can sends data to your computer wirelessly. It can track you while running and cycling, and has recently been updated to be able to estimate swim distance and speed as well. For cyclists, the device can be used with an optional bike mount (which is sold separately). The 310XT can also track transition times for triathletes. Here are a few main specifications:

– Weight: 2.5 oz
– Battery Life: up to 20 hours
– Color: grey/orange
– Water resistant: yes, to 164 feet
– Heart rate monitor: no, but this can be purchased with the 310XT if desired