Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Stuff: Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom

I upgraded my Nike+ sports kit. I liked my using the Nike+ system with my iPod, but two things factored into the switch. 1) my obsession with GPSs, and 2) I ruined the receiver on my iPod with salt water while at the beach on vacation. My iPod still plays music (thankfully), but it no longer recognizes the Nike+ receiver.

I've taken this baby on a few spins since it arrived earlier this week. I love it. I love the idea of having increased accuracy in tracking my runs since it uses GPS. The other really nice feature is that if it ever does lose signal, it continues tracking using the shoe sensor, the same way Nike+ tracks using the iPod. I'm still learning the bells and whistles, but the functionality seems pretty straight forward and user-friendly, right out of the box. One thing I learned, you can only pause workouts for 30 minutes. I did a 10 mile run Saturday, but took a 40 minute break halfway while waiting on my running buddies to loop back from an additional 3 miles. It automatically ended my workout, so I had to start tracking a new run. It ended up recording two, 5 mile runs. No biggie, but nice to know. I'm looking forward to using it during the half in two weeks (scary).

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