In addition to the Self-Portrait Project, another item I mentioned in my Happy New Year post was that I wanted to work on using more of the features of my Garmin Forerunner 305. It’s got a lot of nice built-in features beyond keeping track of pace and distance. I purchased those features… I should use them, right?
Well that hasn’t worked out how I anticipated.
First, the HR strap is GIANT and doesn’t fit around my chest, even when I have to pulled in as tight as it will go. So I have it kind of jury-rigged with a giant safety pin. Thus I don’t know if I’m getting a truly accurate reading. It’s also kind of uncomfortable when there is a bump that consists of about 5 levels of the strap layered on top of itself on my back. But if I’m getting accurate readings from it… DAMN! I should run harder or something. I think my average HR for my 4 miler the other day was 105.
It constantly tells me it has trouble connecting when I place it on the base to sync to the computer. It has done this since DAY 1. I tried reporting this to Garmin customer support within the first week, but they just kind of blew it off. They encouraged me to reset the device, but that’s never fixed the syncing issue. I have to put the watch on the base 3 or 4 times every time I sync it before it responds.
I wanted to try setting up custom workouts as well, but the minute that I try to do anything in the Garmin Training Center and send it to the device, well… it starts to freak out. First, it messes up the whole user profile. It starts telling me I burned thousands upon thousands of calories on each run. Even though I’m not supposed to care about the calorie burn, it does annoy me when the device tells me I’ve burned 7468 calories on a 3 mile run… that’s just screaming “I’m malfunctioning!” at me. When I try to fix the user profile in the device the fields are all jacked up with strange symbols displayed instead of real numbers. And if I try to adjust the user profile in the desktop software, the entire program locks up then crashes. And once the user profile is messed up, if I want to get the fields back to a point where I can read them and put in my birthdate and weight properly, I have to reset it all. Once I’ve erased all the data in the Garmin I can go back and enter the user profile information in the watch and get more appropriate calorie burn data, but I can’t create my own training pace zones or workouts.
I’m frustrated with these issues. For several days it stopped working completely, wouldn’t record workouts or respond to anything I did. The start/stop button gets stuck down on occasion. These are little things and the overall pace/distance functions are still there, but I want to use it all!
Due to all of these, I’ve gotten fairly proficient at resetting my Garmin pretty regularly. I found some tips early on that helped me and thought I would share them here. (Plus, it allows me to have a source for easy reference if I need it!)
Garmin Forerunner 305 Reset Tips:
The soft reset is simply performed by pressing the lap + mode buttons at the same time. This will cause your unit to power down if it is on/frozen (and often the unit appears off when frozen). No data will be lost using this reset. Press the power button to startup and most problems will be cleared.
The hard-reset is performed by holding down the mode button while powering on (two buttons, that’s it). When your unit powers on you will be prompted as to whether you really want to perform the reset or not (be sure you do if you answer yes, as you will lose your data). This reset often needs to be preceded by the soft-reset.
The third reset is another hard-reset, but you should only use this one as a last resort as it bypasses the prompt in the more common hard-reset. It can be hard to do, so you may want to try a few times if nothing happens. Press and hold mode and enter. Press power but do not hold it. Continue holding mode and enter for several seconds. If it works, the unit should power on and go through the initial settings wizard after you release the buttons. You can see the screen flicker after pressing and releasing the power button, and that’s how to know that you can release the other buttons.
For those of you with Garmin devices, do you have any technical difficulties with them? Share your experiences in the comments… And if anyone has the 405cx or the 310xt, please let me know how you like those!