Disclaimer: I received a Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch from Garmin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro(ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
When I was in high school, I would wear a watch from Baby G 24/7. I don’t know what it was about the watch, but I just never took it off. Maybe it was the stop watch functionality and the fact that I used it to time my miles with it when I was trying to get an A on the mile in physical education. LOL. Anyway, fast forward 14 years and I now have a fancy Garmin to play with and like 14 years ago, I rarely take this baby off.
I won’t go into the specs because you can read more about it here so I’ll just highlight some of the features that I thought were super nifty. Also, I apologize if I come off super ecstatic about some of these features, but really guys and gals, this is my first real sports watch and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. (I do have an Apple watch, but I think this one is much more versatile.)
I, as a runner, care about the statistics of running. I want to know that I’m improving in time, distance, and some of the time, I want to know whether I can push myself more or if I should back off. The Garmin 935 Forerunner helps you with that.
VO2 max – I’m not an expert when it comes to VO2 max, but from my understanding of it, it is an indicator of athletic performance and the higher your level of fitness is, the higher the VO2 max. In more technical terms, Garmin defines it as the “maximum volume of oxygen (in milliliters) you can consume per minute per kilogram of body weight at your maximum performance.” On your watch, your VO2 max is indicated by a number and a color gauge. Mine has been around 45 for the past month and I’m hoping to increase it over time. I gotta get Boston qualifier ready sometime if I ever hope to run Boston, right? 🙂 Give me 5 years give or take 10.
Training Status – Aside from the distance you’ve run outside or on a treadmill, it also tells you your training status. According to their website, the status is “based on changes to your training load and VO2 max. over an extended time period.” Your status will say one of eight things from “Detraining,” which means that your fitness is decreasing due to a long period of inactivity, to “Overreaching,” which indicates that you’re training too much and that it’s counter intuitive to your fitness. Each of these statuses will come with a recommendation as to what you should do. For “Overreaching,” it’ll tell you to rest for a certain amount of hours or train easy for those said hours. These days, I’ve been hovering between “Recovery” and “Overtraining.” I should probably work on that.
Metronome – This was a recent feature that I found to be kind of nifty. You can choose how many beats per minute based on the cadence you want to maintain. On your run, the watch will vibrate or send out a tone based on what you chose. I chose the vibrate option and thought it was interesting that I felt a vibration almost every second for 3 miles. LOL Maybe, I’ll choose the sound option next time. 🙂
Heart Rate Monitor – This is pretty self explanatory. When you wear it, the watch will measure your heart rate and you view it for the last four hours. I always like racing with the watch and seeing that I probably should have died during the race since my heart rate is so high. LOL. I mean, 183 is probably normal, right?
I also wear the watch at night so that it can monitor my sleep activity. It’s not extremely accurate because if you’re in bed reading a book, the watch will think that you’re sleeping and it’ll add that time to your sleeping time. A way around this is to just to edit your sleep time on the Garmin Connect app. On the app, you can see when you experience deep sleep, light sleep, and when you’re awake. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it gives you a good idea how you’re sleeping. 🙂
Indoor and Outdoor Training – I run both indoors and outdoors. I’ve found that with treadmill training, the watch is more or less accurate. It’s typically 0.1 miles off from the treadmill, but it could also be that the treadmill isn’t calibrated correctly. For outdoor running, it is usually on point.
The Forerunner 935 is a multisport GPS watch meaning that it can track A LOT of different activities (Run, swim, bike, hike, mountain bike, ski, snowboard, etc) so if you’re a triathlete, this is the watch for you. Unfortunately, I only used this for running so I can only comment on that, but other BibRave Pros have tested out this function and can better review that aspect.
If you have questions about the watch, please feel free to ask me or click on the reviews below for more information.
So do you have a go to sports watch that you use or do you prefer to run without technology?