Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Easy hour

The weather is getting cooler and I'm on my way out of my funk. Got out for an easy hour this morning (7.47 miles). Felt a little creaky from the days off but not too bad. HR 136.

I thought my Garmin was dead for the past week. But it turns out it was just a dirty battery connection. I forget which blog I read this on, but the Garmin connectors get a little dirty or something from the sweat of your arm. Give them a good scrape (I used my fingernail) if the unit won't charge. It worked.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

thanx for the tip on the Garmin as mine has been going haywire for the past month to a point I don't use it anymore, I'll give it a try and let you know

8/15/2007 8:12 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Nothing like the coming of Autumn to bring oneself back from the brink. You know you are a Mainer when you get into a funk in the summer.

The post about the Garmin was on Jamie's blog: http://mainerunner.blogspot.com/

8/15/2007 8:32 AM  
Blogger Mark I. said...

It might have been the article I wrote on Complete Running for my Polar monitor.

A very effective fix is to put a dab of electrical grease on the contact points. Here is a link to the stuff I'm talking about:

http://www.wiringproducts.com/index.html?target=p_366.html&lang=en-us

I picked some of this stuff (not this brand) up at Home Depot. Since using it, all my connection problems have been solved.

Great job on the running, Coach!

8/15/2007 10:45 AM  
Blogger Love2Run said...

Well at least your Garmin is still alive. I was getting worried about you! Boyden on Sunday ,regular loop, fast (last hour) finish?

8/16/2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

You can get velcro straps for the Garmin which also cover and protect the contact points. I don't have one yet, but a couple of running buddies of mine do and it takes care of the problem.

8/18/2007 7:07 PM  
Blogger Ruslan said...

Ha, Andrew - it is absolutely the same here: if the unit won't charge or won't transfer data to PC I scratch those copper look spots on the back of my Tool, it happens once per three weeks or so

8/22/2007 7:26 AM  

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