A mistake Ben won’t soon make again
Proving once again that you don't know what you've got until it's gone, Garmin-sponsored triathlete Ben Collins shares his training and racing experiences with the Garmin Edge 705 and Forerunner 405. But this time he forgot something.
I feel like I’ve been sent back to the stone ages! This week I have been in Australia preparing for a World Cup Triathlon in Mooloolaba (Southeast Queensland), and my training here has been completely unadventurous. You see, after using my Edge 705 to avoid ever doing out and back rides – no matter how unfamiliar the area – I am now in a continent where I don’t have street maps. This, of course, is a result of my lack of foresight. The maps are available for download on Garmin.com, or you purchase a fully loaded SD card that just plops right into the 705 (or any number of other Garmin navigation products). I just simply forgot that I needed to get those maps, and my Internet here is too slow to download them.
My second option would be to carry a paper map. This seems like a great alternative, except that I’m already struggling with riding on the left side of the road (I lack the number of fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve been honked at this week), and I feel that struggling with a paper map would just further endanger my life. I prefer the 705’s little screen, and the ability to get turn by turn directions back to where I started. It makes me far more willing to leave the main drag and explore that country road to nowhere!
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