I’m athletic, but I don’t really consider myself an athlete.

Sure, I like to run, cycle, ski, etc. Yes, I like to compete in local races but I don’t really take it too seriously, I’m more in it to get a really good workout and push myself. I enjoy training for these events, to me that’s the best part, especially when I run with my dog. However, I really do enjoy a basket of french fries and a frosty beverage as well! When it comes to tech gadgets I am for sure a tech addict! I love my Garmin Forerunner, my iPhone, and I upload my rides and runs to Strava.

With all this technology that we use to monitor our training, measure heart rate, wattage, and compare rides and runs online, sometimes it’s nice just to go out and do it “au natural.” This might be difficult for some of you, I know, and can totally understand where your coming from. Yesterday I was out on a ride when my Forerunner ran out of juice, so what did I do? I activated the Strava app on my phone to track my ride, and since we’re all friends here I’ll spill the beans a little more. I was going to head out to Dorset but a certain carrier has yet to provide 3G there (no strava feed) so I headed back toward Manchester. Then I started to think, wow, this is kind of nice not seeing how slow I’m going right now (give me a break it was a recovery day). Even though my Garmin wasn’t on I still kept looking down at it!

Technology is good to a certain extent, and hopefully Siri doesn’t become the Terminator, but it is really nice to have cell service when you’ve blown a spoke or are using a GPS to check navigation in the woods. It’s also nice to just go out and exercise and pull a “Forrest Gump” and  just keep going he didn’t have a GPS!  So get out there!


Greg Rems

Avid Vermont enthusiast, be it telemarking, cycling, running, hiking, or anything outside. Chef de Cuisine the Inn at West View Farm in Dorset, Vt. Living in Arlington.