Here’s a simple trick to use your Garmin to remind you to eat or drink when you’re on a long ride.
It’s all to do with the Activity Timer function.
On a long ride it’s crucial to keep yourself hydrated, but as you’re sweeping across the countryside living “in the moment”, it’s quite easy to forget. All of a sudden you can find yourself very low on energy and experiencing the dreaded “bonk”.
Here’s a very simple solution you can use, which uses time based alerts within your Garmin Edge 800.
From the menu, go to
- Training>Alerts>Time Alert;
- turn Time Alert on
- Input whatever interval you choose (e.g. 20 minutes)
This alert will then occur as long as you are recording an activity, which means as long as you’ve pressed the Start button.
Alternatively, you can set up alerts based on distance.
This could be useful if you hadn’t planned a specific route, but had a goal distance in mind. Say you wanted to ride 30 miles, you could set a distance alert for 15 and turn around when it beeps at you.
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