Where Am I?

Why, roughly 34.095, -117.719.* Of course.

I’ve gotten a new toy in the last few days, and I’m just the teeniest bit obsessed with it: the Garmin Forerunner 201, a “wrist-mounted GPS personal training device.” It’s got some nifty stopwatch and lap timing functions (way more extensive than any digital watch I’ve ever had), but its key feature is that it uses GPS readings to tell you how far you’ve gone, and how fast you’re going. And it’ll store up to two years of training data. Two years! It’ll let you set various interval timers, it’ll let you compete against a virtual training partner, it’ll let you set distance, time, and pace goals, it’ll track weekly and monthly mileage, and it’ll let you download the whole shebang to your computer.

Your Windows computer.

Now I’m on the hunt for an OS X hack for this function. Surely some equally obsessive but code-literate Mac bigot has already thought of this…?

*A slightly incorrect and insufficiently precise value, to prevent random folks from knocking on my door. I could be perfectly correct and precise, but I won’t. Thanks.


  1. Hey, cool. Thanks! But this looks like it only transfers waypoints, not training log data. What I’ve found so far suggests that the only answer is running Garmin’s Logbook software in Virtual PC. Which blows. I’m still looking…

  2. You could use GIS software to map your data points and organize them by other relevant variables. You could create layer maps that show your routes over the years and the temporal shift between them to correlate with a performance graph.

    Only problem is GIS software costs upwards of $20,000. :p i think youd be better off buying a stripped down IBM laptop. 😉

  3. Hey — no wintel machines shall enter herein, stripped down or not! 🙂

    Seriously, though — the thing that I want to transfer is not the navigational elements of the GPS but the training data — i.e., on March 25, at 3.25 pm, I ran 3.5 miles in 30.28, at an average speed of… and so forth. That kind of basic training log, which is apparently super easy if you’ve got a PC, but the manufacturers of this thing just don’t support Macs.


  4. Why not just enter in the information into an excel spreadsheet? Obviously it isnt as leet as having a program to do it automatically, but with it you can use the raw data to make your own calculations on improvement and progress.

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