Running Gear Review – Nike Plus Vs Garmin Forerunner 205-305 GPS

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As a gadget and tech junkie, it was to my good fortune that my initiation into the world of distance running rough coincided with the appearance on the market of several new high-tech running gadgets: the Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305, and the Nike + system . I have used both the Garmin Forerunner 205 and Nike + for greater than 6 months each, and what follows is a review and comparison of my experiences with them.

The Nike + System
Back in 2007, I was just beginning my life as a runner, and I was looking for tools to help me progress. The Garmin Forerunner and Nike + systems both had instant appeal to my techie side, though I was initially hesitant to invest the several hundred dollars (at the time) needed to buy a Forerunner. I was also swept up in the excitation surrounding the introduction of the Nike + system, and my first pair of "real" running shoes were Nike + ready. Since I owned an Ipod Nano, and had shoes that could accommodate the little Nike + foot pod accelerometer internally, I decided to give Nike + a try. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say at the outset that I no longer use the Nike +. However, that does not necessarily mean that I would not recommend it to anyone since it does have its benefits and uses. The Nike + certainly helped my running in those early days, and the motivation provided by the on-line Nike + challenges was great. I liked being able to gauge my pace, track distance, and record my runs on-line. But for a perfectionist like myself, the Nike + has some major drawbacks.

The most serious problem I had with the Nike + was that it was only really accurate if I ran at the same steady pace on every run, and stuck to more-or-less flat ground. Any deviation from the pace you calibrate it at messes up both the pacing data as well as the distance recording for your run, and at times I found these measurements to be quite far off. Now, for many runners this is not a big deal, but if you like to mix up your training and include things like interviews, tempo runs, and long, slow runs, the Nike + comes up way short. Furthermore, for me as a road racer, tenths of a mile and accurate pacing data matter a lot, so these shortcomings presented some major problems. That being said, I'm glad that I used it, and it did help a lot when I first started out. Even after I upgraded to the Garmin Forerunner 205, I did still continue to use Nike + for treadmill runs (this probably goes without saying, but GPS does not work on a treadmill). The Nike + recordings on a treadmill are accurate enough, and in my case are more accurate than the readout of my treadmill's own data console (it has never worked quite right for some reason).

I do believe that the Nike + can be a valuable tool for a new or recreational runner. It's cheaper (less than $ 30.00), so it will not dent your wallet too much if you decide you do not like it, and the website and on-line community associated with Nike + are both motivational and interesting. If you're a new runner just starting out, or an experienced runner who tends to run most of your runs at the same pace, then the Nike + would be a great addition to your running toolbox, and would certainly provide some motivation for you to hit the road. However, as mentioned above, it has some major drawbacks for a serious runner who cares about missing tenths of a mile or needs really accurate pacing information.

Garmin Forerunner 205/305 GPS Wristwatch
If you want a personal running computer that will allow you to take your running to the next level and permit you to mix up your training runs with speed and long distance, you're going to need something more than Nike +. I, unfortunately, am a perfectionist, and the inaccuracy of the pacing and distance data provided by Nike + continuously bugged me (and I was growing tired of mapping my runs on-line to figure out actual distances that I had covered). So, after about six months of consistent use, I decided to relegate the Nike + to the treadmill only, and I asked Santa for a Garmin Forerunner 205 for Christmas. Sure enough, the fancy new GPS wristwatch was in my stocking, and it has not been absent from my wrist during a run in over a year. Simply stated, this is one of the coolest and most useful gadgets of any kind that I own, and it has allowed my running to progress in ways that probably would not have otherwise occurred.

First, let me explain the difference between the two current-generation Garmin Forerunner models (a fancy new waterproof model is on the way – the Garmin Forerunner 310 XT – but I'll explain in a bit why I'm still going for one of the current ones for now if you're considering a purchase). The two current models are the Forerunner 205 and the Forerunner 305. The only real differences between the two watches (shades color – the 205 is blue, and the 305 is red) are that the 305 can sync with an included heart rate monitor, an optional foot pod accelerometer (for the treadmill), and an optional speed-and-cadence sensor for your bike. Otherwise, from what I can gather, they are naturally identifiable. Given the minor price difference between the two Forerunners (about $ 10.00- $ 15.00 more for the 305), it would seem to make sense to go with the 305 if you've decided to buy a Forerunner.

So, I have now been using the Forerunner 205 regularly for over a year, and I have absolutely nothing but good things to say about it. The pacing data is right on (I have run enough chip-timed races with the 205 to verify this), as is the distance data. In addition to time, current pace, and distance, I have three data screens (which is the max on the 205/305) set up to show such variables as average pace, elevation, percent grade, calories burned, and time of day. Of all of these, the only one that seems somewhat ify from time to time is the elevation, though if you smooth it out in one of the training programs that sync with the Forerunner, elevation patterns look pretty good as well. So far, I have pretty much exclusively used the Forerunner in its most basic mode – to simply track my data while I run. It is possible to configure things like training / pacing partners and interval workouts on the watch, and to use it as a (very) basic real-time GPS mapping device for things like hiking, but I have not used it much for this. In addition to running, I have used it while walking, snowshoeing, and biking (less extensively), and it works great for all of the above.

For me, the two features that matter most from a training and racing point are accurate pacing and distance measurements, and as I said above this is where the Forerunner blows away the Nike +. I actually trust the Forerunner more than most of the on-line mapping programs when it comes to calculating distance, and being able to import all of my data into the computer is great. For the latter, I have skipped the included Garmin Training Center software and instead use an amazing, free program called Sportracks. Sportracks downloads all of the data from the Forerunner and lets you look at it in almost any way that you could possibly want. Among other things, Sportracks gives you GPS route maps, tons of data graphing options (eg, pace vs. distance, pace vs. elevation, mile splits, etc.), and keeps a detailed running log that includes run times / dates, weather conditions dropped from the internet, distances run, and calories burned. As a scientist who loves data, Garmin Forerunner + Sportracks makes me one very happy runner.

A few last comments about some potential concerns with the Forerunner bear mentioning. One of the concerns I initially had about these watches was their size. Yes, they are big, but I have never noticed it as a nuisance while running, and I actually think the size is a positive rather than a negative since it makes it easier to read your data on the go. This is one of the major reasons why I would probably not consider upgrading to the newer and smaller Forerunner 405 – if you pack too many data streams on a small screen then things could get awful hard to read at mile 20 of a marathon. The other concern someone in the market for a GPS watch might have the forthcoming new Garmin Forerunner 310 XT, which is waterproof to 50m and offers wireless data transfer. It would take a lot of new bells and whistles for me to spend an extra $ 100- $ 200 to choose to purchase the new 310 XT over the current 205 or 305. The new watch looks sportier, and the wireless sync feature is nice, but I do not really care if I can dive to 50m with it on. If for some reason I'm out for a run and I wind up 50m underwater, I probably will not be resurfacing to make it back home anyway (though in all seriousness, I can see how the 310 XT might be useful to a triathlete ). For me, I'll stick with the 205/305.

Hopefully I've given you a feel for what the Garmin Forerunner 205/305 can do. Really, there's probably a lot more that it is capable of than what I have discussed here, but the best way to experience it is to try it out. As a runner who has now completed 1,266.01 miles (did I mention that I love accuracy!) With the Garmin Forerunner 205 (and it's still going strong, with no major problems), I can honestly say that next to my running shoes, this is the most essential piece of running gear that I own. I highly recommend the Forerunner – get one and you will not be disappointed.

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The Pros And Cons Of Fracking

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Hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it is more commonly known, is, in a nutshell, a procedure for extracting oil or gas from bedrock. The method involves pumping high pressure fluid into drill holes in the rocks to create fractures and this provides an escape route for the gas or oil. Some rocks are naturally more difficult to extract gas from and these require extra fracturing by injecting pressurized water into the fractures. Further chemicals are then inserted to enable the fractures to remain open so that extraction can occur. Fracking is a fairly new technique and has already caused a great deal of controversy. Some countries have already planned its use even though there is a huge amount of untapped energy. France was first to ban fracking over concerns that water courses could become irreparably polluted and is of the firm belief that a cleaner extraction method will be developed. In the United Kingdom, fracking was permitted but following several small earthquakes that occurred in the area and at around the same time as the fracking activity, it was banned. The ban has now been lifted with the provisio that if further minor earthquakes occur, it will be banned again. The United States appears to have very mixed views with some states allowing fracking while others will not.

The benefits are that there is a vast amount of natural gas and oil that is locked into the rocks underneath the earth's surface. By tapping in to such a reservoir a nation's dependency on other countries for their energy supplies could be greatly reduced or even stopped altogether. It would create a huge number of jobs which would benefit the economy. The use of hydraulic fracturing could also extract gas or oil which remains in existing mines or wells and is unable to be extracted using traditional methods. This means that existing waste can be extracted and put to good use, making the existing well or mine more productive. Fracking is cheaper than other currently available methods for extracting natural gas or oil from rock. New methods for dealing with waste water and other waste products are being developed and these will help prevent pollution and endangerment of the environment.

The number one concern of opponents is pollution. Contamination of the water course is a major concern not only to Governments, residents and environmentalists but also to the companies themselves. The water used in fracking can be decontaminated and re-used to a point but there are a number of chemicals that are added and make it particularly nasty if it were to be spilt. At the moment, a good deal of the polluted water is pumped into underground disposal wells and this is where the possibility of pollution of the watercourse could occur. The waste water could leach through the rocks and into waterways causing a massive problem not only to the environment but also potentially to the health of people nearby.

Another concern is the occurrence of minor earth tremors in areas where hydraulic fracturing is taking place. It is not known what the long term impact of fracking will be and we do not know if it will increase the incidences of tremors or quakes in the region.

As hydraulic fracturing is quite new, there is a lot we do not know about the effects of this technique. However, there is such a vast amount of potential energy available that many countries can not afford not to do it. Technology will advance and better methods for extraction will emerge but in the meantime, we need to be sure that we are not creating problems for the future.

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4 Things About Bitcoin You Should Be Wary Of

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Almost everyone now knows about Bitcoins and Bitcoin trading. While most people have had success with the currency, there are others that have faced challenges. If you are planning on getting into the market here are some of the things you should be wary of:

The bitcoin wallet

To use the coins, you need a digital wallet. It can be an app, hardware or cloud based. Some Bitcoin companies help beginners by automatically generating the wallets for them. You can store the purses online or offline. For security reasons, save yours online and ensure that the password protects it. Avoid an online wallet as it can easily be hacked. If you have to use the unit keep a limited amount of money in it.

Where you buy the currency from

If you don’t want to go the hard route of mining the coins by yourself, you can always buy them at the marketplace. When making the purchase, be cautious of the people advertising of giving you a commission. Also, be wary of the site you are making the purchase from. Since you are dealing with money, avoid buying from a site that isn’t secured. This calls for you to only buy from a site with https not HTTP. This way you will be sure that the web traffic is secured and encrypted.

Technical details

Unless you are being involved with the mining of the coins, you don’t have to bother yourself with the technical details. If your primary intention is to buy the coins, you don’t have to spend a lot of your time worrying about the mining process, block size, and other confusing aspects of the process. To buy the currency find a reputable company and place your order.

Currency changes

Just like other currency markets, the Bitcoin market thrives on the shifts in the price of the coins. You should note that the market is similar to the share buying and selling market-its long term. Due to this, you shouldn’t be too worried about the price changes unless you are planning to sell your coins the same day. Bitcoin value has been rising every year; thus you shouldn’t panic when you see a massive price change in one day.

While this is the case, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be conversant with the prices in the market. Regularly visit forums and related places to find the current prices of the coins. Who knows you might find it profitable selling it at the current prices?

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Finding the Flow in Forex Trading – Lesson One: Balance

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Balance is the first lesson I learned myself that led to being a better forex trader, and it was something I took from my practice of Tai Chi. I was anything but balanced in the very beginning, spending countless hours watching charts, taking way too many trades, and watching with great anxiety as my over-leveraged trades went against me. I'm sure this is a very common and sometimes familiar scenario to some of you, whether currently or at some point in your forex trading endeavors.

In Tai Chi we are always seeking balance, and trying to align ourselves with the Tao or "the way". When you are aligned with the Tao things seem to unfold effortlessly. You stop fighting yourself and live much more in the moment. Everyone has certainly experienced times where everything just seems to be going perfectly with little effort, and also times when you can not seem to get anything right no matter how hard you try.

Trading often reveals how balanced you are in a brutally honest fashion. If you are centered you will be making logical choices and if you are unbalanced you will be making emotional decisions, possibly cough up in such a whirlwind you are unable to stop yourself.

To find balance in trading the first step is to become aware. You can create awareness by simply slowing down. If you are not breathing in a relaxed manner you should not be entering a trade.

I encourage you to spend a few minutes practicing the following simple exercise before you begin trading for the day
• Rest your hands on your lower abdomen (also known as the lower dan tian).
• Close your eyes
• Breath slowly and deeply in a very relaxed fashion. Do not over-exaggerate your breath. Try to feel your abdomen slowly expand as you inhale and contract as you exhale
• Just focus lightly on your lower abdomen while taking several breaths
• After several breaths you should remind yourself to be aware, remain patient, and trade calmly today
To some of you this exercise may seem silly. Sometimes so, but give it a try for a few days and see if it makes a difference. This simple exercise accomplishes some wonderful things in regards to trading. It calms you, provides focus, and most importantly brings you into the present moment.

From a Tai Chi perspective we start to shift from Monkey Mind to Alligator Mind. In which state do you think you'll make better more balanced decisions? When your mind is all over the place or when you can sit calmly for hours waiting for just the right moment to act.

Happy trading.

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Online Dating – Planning For The Perfect First Date: A Guys Guide Part 1

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You have arranged a first date with someone you have never seen and this by its very nature can be stressful.

You have met someone online and now its time to meet face to face – Your excited and want it to go well so you need to plan.

Let's take a look at how to arrange a first date and make it a success.

Venue

The best way to meet first of all is in an environment that will make your date and you feel comfortable.

One of the biggest mistakes guys make is a dinner table in a busy restaurant.

Think about it.

You have never met and you end up sitting down to dinner with someone you do not know and your right next to people who can hear your every word.

Hardly the best way to meet and feel relaxed!

A better alternative is to meet for a quick drink before hand in an informal but busy environment so you both feel comfortable but you will not have people listening to your every word.

Check for a bar or coffee place with good space between the seating and hotels tend to be excellent for this.

There comfortable, busy but not crushed and you can talk freely in a relaxed environment.

This allows you to relax and get to know your date and then if you are both getting on go for dinner.

Your date may nervous to and she will appreciate this informal and no pressure way of meeting.

Appearance

When you meet you obviously want to look your best you should be formal or informal?

It's up to you but if you wear a suit you can not go wrong – Most women love men in suits and it shows you made an effort.

Conversation

We all know that conversation should come naturally but on a first date it can be hard so you need to avoid those long pauses that can occur.

Decide a few topics that you would like to discuss before hand in line with her interests. If its music looks out a few of her favorite artists or if its books then discuss these – Just make an effort to know about a few of her favorite pastimes and you can start chatting about them, if conversation does not flow smoothly.

We have covered this more fully in our other articles and if you know how to do the art of conversation you can get both you and your partner more relaxed.

Manners

On a first date it goes without saying you need to be punctual and friendly, but dot be too friendly! Do not invade your date's space, get to close or ask questions that are too personal.

Your aim is to be friendly polite and show good manners – We have covered body language in other articles, where you can see from your dates body language if she is relaxed, or if she likes you – But in the first instance simply make sure that you go to quickly to soon.

First dates are stressful but by picking the right venue, showing manners and leading the conversation you will relax your date and yourself and hopefully it will be a success and you will meet again.

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The Best FAP Turbo Review

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This FAP turbo review is about a Forex trading product. There are a lot of Forex trading robots on the market. These allow you to trade in the Forex market automatically, without actually doing so "hands-on." One of the best and newest Forex trading robots on the market is FAP Turbo robot. This article will focus on a FAP turbo review.

Three IT students (Ulrice, Mike, and Steve) developed this robot. Using Marcus Leary's advice, they developed this trading system for Forex, an all new innovation. This particular trading system, FAP Turbo robot, works with a trading platform called MetaTrader 4.

And FAP Turbo robot gets good results. Within the last nine years, it has won 95% of its trades and lost on just 5%. In fact, you can go to the website and watch it work with a Live Proof trading account. In fact, this particular system can double your account amounts in a single month. Historically speaking, FAP Turbo robot has only lost 0.35% at maximum in any account.

This particular type of robot is wonderful for traders because it has a stop loss function built in. This means your losses stay up below a certain level so that they do not ruin you financially. This will allow your losses to remain small so that you will not lose a lot of money at any one time. This makes this particular Forex robot safer for traders than other similar types of systems.

The robot uses two strategies combined with each other to create one powerful result. These strategies include the long term advanced FAP strategy and the short term scalping strategy. You can set the software up very easily, too. Just download the automated trading robot and start trading. It's quite easy. You can start your trades with just $ 50, too. Then, sit back and let FAP Forex robot do the work for you and watch your profits increase.

If you want to make money in the Forex market with just a little effort and almost no risk, FAP Turbo robot is a Forex trading robot that works on an automated system so that it does the job for you. Open a demo account and trade until you know what you're doing. Then, you can trade live once you've had some practice.

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Source by James R

Do Forex Option Traders Really Make Money?

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Forex options trading is the newer form of trading online. It is often said that the easiest way to get $1,000 in Forex is to start with $5,000. This is obviously a humorous quote, but points to a larger issue that is not a joke.

More than half of Forex option traders lose money – many of them losing significant amounts of money. So, it is not surprising that a question that comes up a lot is “do Forex option traders really make money?”

I’m not saying that it isn’t possible to make money in option trading. In fact, plenty of people are making money through option trading on daily basis.

The fallacy is that it is ‘easy money’. Typically when someone signs up to start option trading they do so under the false illusion that it is an easy way to make money.

They are sold on expensive courses that feature rich millionaires in their yachts talking about how they do not work but still make lot of cash.

That very well may be so. But it is highly doubtful that some rich millionaires weren’t working their butts off at some point in their life. It is also highly likely that those millionaires have lost huge amounts of money while learning how to succeed in what they do. That is the nature of the game.

So back to the original point. The lifecycle of a typical Forex beginner looks something like this…

-Got excited by a course that promises quick money and easy living.

-Sign up for a Forex broker without ever doing any further research

-Blow through a large amount of money in a short amount of days

-Conclude Forex is a scam and no one makes money

Meanwhile, the top Forex option traders are using tried and true systems that they slowly developed or learned through much trial and error, and are making consistent profits every single day.

Those people that are ultimately successful have typically tried a million things and lost a lot of money and time in the process. The only way they were able to discover something profitable that worked for them was by trying things over and over again that didn’t work until they found something that did. Sure, they aren’t out there preaching about all of their failed systems and all the times they lost money, but who would be?

If I were to start over trading in financial markets with no knowledge there are a few key places I would start.

First, I would start reading trading books and anything else that gives the theory behind trading in financial markets so that I get a through understanding of it. This is key to successful long-term trading.

Second, I would join every Facebook group or Reddit thread that talks about Forex. I would ask questions constantly in those groups. I would also be respectful and try to help out answering any questions that I could to those that knew even less than me.

Finally, I would find people I trust and ask them for reputable option brokers and courses that I could take. This one is probably the biggest key to becoming a successful trader.

There are probably hundreds of Forex courses online. Find courses that are taught by legitimate traders with great systems for making money and who have a willingness to help out other traders.

So in conclusion, yes, people make money trading Forex options. People also lose money here. The difference is a mindset. People that make money understand Forex option trading is a business and a hard one at that. They don’t have an easy money mentality. They overcome failures and eventually win.

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3 Rules To Succeed In Real Time Forex Trading

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If you are searching for information on how to win in real time Forex trading, then you should continue reading this article. Basically, we will cover 3 major rules, they have a good attitude, have good analytical skill and know how to do risk management. After reading this article, you will be able to trade in the foreign currency marketing with confidence with high success rate.

The first and the most important rule in real time Forex trading is to have the right attributes. These attitudes include discipline, not greedy and able to stay calm in different situations. It is important to have these attitudes because being able to stay calm will ensure that you make the right decision, being disciplined and not greedy will ensure that you do not over invest your money.

Secondly, it is important that you equip yourself with good analytical skill before investing real money. Having a good analytical skill will help in increasing your chance of winning in the Forex market. With good analytical skill, you will be able to read and predict the correct trend. Besides learning the skills, you should equip yourself with a Forex currency trading tool to increase your prediction accuracy. With the help of a Forex prediction software, my team and I manage to win in the market 92% of the time.

Last but not least, you should know how to reduce the risk in real time Forex trading. Some simple steps like setting stop-loss limit, investing only 10 to 20% of your deposit will ensure you to succeed in the market in the long run. Many people tend to forget about this and thought that it is easy to win in the trade, but many of them lose all of their money within 3 months.

In conclusion, it is actually very easy to succeed in real time Forex trading. As long as you can stick to the 3 rules – have good attitude, have good analytical skill and know how to do risk management.

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