Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Casualties of Mule Shoe

My Garmin Forerunner officially died in the rain at Mule Shoe Bend on Saturday night. It will be interred in a padded envelope and sent back to Garmin for burial. Believe it or not, this is the fifth Forerunner I've destroyed in the past few years. GPS units warn their naughty kids about me - "you'd better behave or Welshrunner will get you"!!!

Garmin customer support are really good though - for each of the other four units I've had I managed to sweet talk the really nice ladies into comping me a replacement, even though I was mostly out of warranty (and once I even got them to pay for me to ship it back to them). I called this morning and got a guy, so I knew I probably wasn't going to be able to swing it. I did try though, and fair play to him he knocked the price of an RMA replacement down from the standard $69 to $30. I swear I'm channeling my dad - the older I get the cheekier I get!!!

And the delayed effects of running all night finally hit me this morning and I blew off a hill run I had planned with friends and stayed in bed.

Nothing whatsoever to do with all those beers I had at the Draught House last night.


David Hanenburg said...

Glad to hear you have had good experiences with Garmin support. Quality support isn't always easy to come by. You should be one of their product testers by the number of units you have gone through.

I have been using the 305 for over a year now and have been extremely happy on both the road and trails.

I haven't heard anything negative about too much beer but I hear plenty about drinking too much water. ;)

Mark said...

Yes, Garmin support are very good. My problems usually start cropping up around the 1 year mark, so good luck with your 305.

There is that old adage that we are drinkers with a running problem :-)