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Had another issue with the Garmin 310XT the very week after I managed to sort out the horrendous sync issue. I was running along minding my own business when I noticed my left wrist became lighter. The 310 had come lose and landed on a grass area at the edge of the trail. I retrieved it and to my horror found the front of the unit had cracked!

I have owned the 310 for nearly a year. It has been used several times a week in a variety of activities from hill walking, fell, trail and road running, kayak, swimming and snorkelling. I zipped the unit into my shorts pocket and and carried on training. 

At home, I found that one of the watch pins had failed, causing the strap to stop holding the unit on my wrist. I spoke to a customer representative at Garmin who asked me to send the unit off for inspection. He gave me a Return Authorisation number and within another week I mailed the package to them. To be fair, the turned this around quickly – I had an email and a call the same day they received the device to explain that it was all my fault and not a mechanical or quality issue. The cost for fixing the unit was £75.

I was then left with a dilemma – Fix it, buy another type of Garmin, Buy another type of computer. The other option was to live with it. They send it back and I keep it in a plastic bag until the battery dies.

After doing a thorough trade study and finding that Garmin provide replacement units that have a new battery, casing, etc. I decided that paying 75 quid was the better deal. I did try to argue the case that the fault was theirs, but they were having none of it!


Not very impressed, but pleased to say that upon stumping up the cash via credit card on Wednesday, the replacement unit was delivered Friday and out running/swimming on Saturday Morning! 


Still struggling with this. I have not had the time to do the exercises every day, so I will re-double efforts to improve this.

Tonight I managed to do two sets of the following form:

bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Yoga Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) (Photo credit: Adrian Valenzuela)

  • 60 Sec – Forearm Plank
  • 30 Sec – Side Plank (Right)
  • 30 Sec – Side Plank (Left)
  • 60 Sec – Yoga Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Aikido Retreat 2012

Posted: August 19, 2012 in Aikido, Diary, Uncategorized
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Just returned from an intensive Aikido course over a day and a half.  Really enjoyed it but it was quite hard work and I came back with a few aches and pains.

The first day consisted of lots of aki-jo work. The second day’s theme was taijitsu, but included some exercises with Jo and Bokken. We also did some tantodori too.

Day 1 – Aki-Jo

Defence against the Jo (Jo Dori):

  • Shihonage
  • Ikkyo
  • Nikkyo as a Jo Taking technique and as a way of defending against having a jo taken.
  • Juji Nage

We then practised the Happo Tsuki (Like Happo Giri and Happo Undo except with a Jo). The directions are in the same order as usual, at each direction:

  • Chudan Tsuki
  • Jodan Gamae
  • Shomen Uchi

Before a 2nd Kyu grading, we practised the 13 Count Jo.

The grading was good to watch and the student did well being awarded 2nd Kyu. Afterwards we practised Handachi Waza:

  • Shihonage
  • Tenchinage (with a strike to the back of the knee for the “earth” hand)
  • Soto Kaitenage

The next practice involved randori kokyu nage with the Jo and Taijitsu.
The session then livened up with 3 attackers to one defender!

The 1st day went really well I enjoyed loads.

Day 2: Taijitsu

The day started with the warm up and Tai No Henka Ryotedori, flowing straight into Ryotedori kokyu nage.

We then did some bokken and Jo defences followed by another tai no kenka exercise, this time from a Kubi Shimi (choke with one arm pinned) attack:



We did some Tanto Dori including some techniques I have done before in JuJitsu:

Kote gaeshi

Waki Gatame

gyaku kansetsu gan men kime, a headlock with a version of waki gatame for the disarm.


And lots of other stuff that I can’t remember. A very good experience, but really tired afterwards.