When is Being Anal a Good Thing?

I thought the title might catch your eye! LOL …..

People that know me understand my analytic bent. I love numbers, and the fact is that they motivate me more than anything else. I enjoy getting home after training and uploading information from my watch to Training Peaks and seeing what my splits were, where I slowed down and if it was correlated to heart rate, or maybe an elevation change …. I log where and how much fluid I take in to see if it affected my pace at that point, or where it “kicked in” if at all. I’m a nut I know. If left to my own devices I would be wearing my Ironman watch for triathlons and cycling, a Nike+ for my runs, and a Finnis Swim Watch for swim workouts. I log my weight daily in Training Peaks, In FatSecret (along with my diet for the day), and in a spreadsheet program I came up with (pasted below).

I wear a Timex Ironman GPS and I love it, though it does have it limitations. I’m not crazy about Training Peaks (I like the Garmin site MUCH better) but I think the Multisport function of the Timex is better than the Garmin.

Jenny wears a Garmin and she loves that as much as I love my Timex. Most of that is due to familiarity, and I have to admit some of the reporting on the actual watch she enjoys is better than mine (an example is during the swim when I hit LAP then STOP for the interval, the LAST LAP shows the time between me hitting LAP and STOP. Very annoying. Jenny can see her last lap/split time always).
I just saw in a magazine article the new NIKE+ running watch and I have to admit I really like it. I like the sleek look, the foot pod (Garmin has it also … Timex does not), the wireless upload (again Garmin has also … Timex does not). I could go broke easily with all these gadgets.
These are NOT cheap items, so I guess once you decide on one you are kind of stuck with it. I see pluses for all of them (especially the swim watch since it uses actual “sonar” to track laps and distance in the pool … something neither Garmin or Timex does unless you are outside and connected to a satellite). 
I am interested to know what the readers opinions are about each of them and what they use. Just looking around I have noticed very few people using what I use (Timex) and most using Garmin.
As promised, here is my weight tracking chart from Excel. If you like it let me know and I’ll send it to you. 🙂
I reset this to track from one race to the other. The dotted line is planned
weight loss tracking, with upper and lower limits set automatically. As you
can see I am ALL OVER THE PLACE, but still ending up basically on the
line. This was May through this Saturday, July 2nd.

2 thoughts on “When is Being Anal a Good Thing?

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:26 am

    That's the one Jenny uses also and she loves it, and it's what I see MOST athletes using, but I like my Timex. Plus I can't spend another $400. LOL

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I love my garmin 310xt but honestly, i have nothing to compare it to so I can't really say, if I like the others better or not. i saw that nike one in a mag the other day too and fell in love with the way it looks. i like fashionable things too and the garmin is not fashionable. it is downright chunky! But it does what i want it too so i'm ok with that…for now.

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