I occasionally pretend to be an athlete on the streets and trails of L.A. and beyond. I do odd shit like with my friend and fellow blogging.la contributor Cybele last year when I biked in the L.A. Marathon Bike Tour and then met her afterward and we walked the whole dang thing as well. Freaky. And then there’s last September when I cycled from San Francisco to Santa Clarita over eight days. Nuts. Plus there’s all that silly mountain biking I do in them thar hills ó as if heading up a mountain isn’t bad enough, I haul a 30-pound bike along. Loony.
But man oh man, have I just found a gadget that suits such craziness like an Armani straight jacket. I tested it this morning riding up in the Verdugos above Glendale again and boy howdy it’s a keeper. Manufactured by a company called Garmin, the Forerunner 101 is a feature-rich Global Positioning System (GPS) personal training device that’s small enough to strap to your wrist while you chart a path across City Walk or hike into and out of the Angeles Nat’l Forest, storing the data points and results such as mileage traveled, speed, elapsed time, and elevation gain/loss along the way. Cost? Under a hundie. Got mine at amazon.com.