This past weekend, we joined the World and witnessed history being made as an Austrian born skydiver jumped from 24 miles above the earth and broke several long standing records along the way. It is amazing how seeing someone in a high-tech space suit makes us feel like kids again. It allows our imaginations to run wild and for an instant see endless possibilities instead of barriers. The data collected from this jump will help the technology world know more about the planet we live on and about how to continue useful innovation.
Since we're talking about jumping out of planes... Last week, we posted a picture on Facebook of another skydiver, named Jeorge, who did his first jump with a Forerunner 405. The photo received some great comments and we wanted to tell you more about Jeorge and his jump:
Garmin: Jumping out of a plane is not for everyone. What made you want to do this and was this your first jump?
Jeorge: I am an active guy who seems to always be looking for his next adventure and when I saw a great deal come across my email for this opportunity "I jumped on it"! No pun intended. :-)
Jeorge: When I bungee jumped in New Zealand last year I remember getting an adrenaline rush but after I jumped my legs were wobbly when they reeled me back up to the Aukland Bridge. I wanted to measure that feeling somehow. But sky diving and bungee jumping are different feelings. I thought, why not see how my heart rate looks as I track it doing other activities.
Garmin: What other things do you do with your Forerunner 405 ?
- I rarely run without my 405. Gym
- when I used to be a member of a gym I would take classes and I loved to
use the 405 w/ my HRM to see how high my heart rate got in the class. For
'circuit' classes my heart rate got pretty high. Snowboarding - because sometimes I swear
I'm going really fast but when I measured it I was only going 17mph, which for
a boarder isn't really that fast! ha Hiking - mainly to track the
elevation to see how high we are. International travel - I like
the maps in Garmin Connect after uploading the recorded route I took. Especially in the remote areas.
Garmin: Do you monitor your heart rate in all the activities you do?
Jeorge: Not all. Only where I think heart rate info would be revealing. So hiking in high elevation would reveal how well I handle exerting myself when the air is thinner. For marathon training, I use the HRM when I do speed work, run intervals, or run hills. Of course it I had the version of the watch that calculates calories based on HR, I would wear it all the time I run (hope to upgrade soon! Maybe a 910XT or fēnix).
Garmin: Do you plan to jump again?
Jeorge: Oh yeah! Not sure when though.
Here's to endless possibilities and making "Today's Record, Tomorrow's Motivation"!