I am fascinated by people who swim in winter. I have friends who do and post their photos on Facebook. Each time, I am intrigued.
I wrote about the winter swimming trend last year on the blog.
People say it has remarkable health benefits including helping with seasonal depression and relieving symptoms of menopause. They say it's all the rage: why wild swimming in the depths of winter is the new natural effect. People write about the subversive joy of swimming in cold water.
There are even battles between the old-school hardcore winter swimmers and the trendy new winter swimmers who prefer fleece dresses to warm up after.
And then this video came across my news feed.
Maybe I should just give it a try?
What do you think? What is the coldest temperature / water you have swam in before? Tempted to start over? Like? The hate? Tell us your story!
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Garmin Connect is the powerhouse behind your sports watch or smartwatch – and is where the magic happens in terms of tracking and analysing your workouts, or keeping tabs on your heart and activity.
Garmin Connect comes in two forms : a web service and a smartphone application, and each enables you to unlock a whole range of extra tools that can hone your training and help you become a better runner, cyclist, or just more healthy in general. Whether you have a supercharged Fenix 6 or a more simple Vivosmart 4 fitness tracker, the data is still presented in Garmin Connect.
From preparing for a marathon and setting monthly goals, to joining team step défis and beating other runners’ best times around your local routes, these tools bring the hardware on your wrist to life, giving you more control over your training. My Day is where your activity data lives, and is a quick look at your activity from the past 24 hours. You can press expand/collapse for an even more/less visual look at your daily activity.
All of the metrics are expandable as well, if you need to drill deeper into your data. For example, if you tap on Heart Rate you will see a graph of your heart rate across the way.
There will be thousands of Garmin fitness trackers being unwrapped across the nation on Christmas morning. Whether it’s a beginner running watch like the Forerunner 35 for someone who got lucky in the London Marathon ballot, a slimline sport band like the Vivosmart 4 for those keen on tracking their steps, or the colour map-toting Fenix 5 Plus GPS watch for trail runners who are ready to venture further into the great outdoors than ever before, Garmins make great gifts.
They are also, however, packed to the brim with such a bewildering array of features that it’s nigh-on to get your head around them all. The result is that many of us barely scratch the surface of what our trackers can do.
to ensure you’re getting as much from your new Garmin as you can, we enlisted Maria Townsley, Garmin’s junior product manager for sport, and Theo Axford, head of product and partnerships, for advice on a few of the essential features on your device. Some of the below are only available on certain Forerunner and Fenix trackers, but others are available to anyone with a Garmin Connect account.
We reckon that once you try it, this will be the only screen you ever use during course events. You can set a target distance and your Garmin will continually update your estimated finish time, or set a target distance and pace/time and the device will show a pacer on the screen to keep up with. “If you fall behind him, you’re not going to hit the time you set as your target, ” says Townsley, “so you can keep a close eye on that. ”
to use the virtual pacer, hold the menu button on the run screen, select Training and scroll down to Set A Target. You can also use the target times for races that your Garmin has estimated you’re capable of based on your training, but be warned that these tend to be quite optimistic.
“I’ve been training for the marathon over the past three months and I’ve stuck to a Garmin Connect training plan, ” says Axford. “A lot of people don’t know these exist. “Within Garmin Connect, you can fermé the distance and how many weeks you’re going to be training for. Then it’s downloaded into your calendar and onto your device.
“For example, I’m supposed to be doing an easy run today and my workout is already pre-programmed on my watch. I’m doing heart rate-based training. It keeps me within a heart rate zone, so I’m applying the right amount of effort during that training session. ”
to find the training orgie head to the Garmin Connect website, go to Training and fermé Training Plans. Not all Garmin devices will be able to download the plan to follow on the watch, but everyone can get a customisable plan.