Monday 5 December 2016

I have got the measure of me.. good data

John Masterson

Published 20/06/2016 | 02:30

John Masterson was shipped off to bootcamp for the delectation of his listeners. File photo.
John Masterson was shipped off to bootcamp for the delectation of his listeners. File photo.

I love numbers. I could look at them for hours. And when they are data about me I can go mentally missing indefinitely. Throw in a bit of technology and I am in seventh heaven.

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So to my Garmin Vivoactive watch which has been the making of the new me. It began in Florida. Most of the buggies on the golf courses we play have GPS. One or two don't and it is commonplace to see golfers consult their smart watch these days. A four ball on the fairway will have their arms in the air like meerkats saying "I get 92, a soft wedge" to get a reply like "it is reading 91 here." For some in our esteemed company this matters. For others a smart watch would need to choose the club and hit the shot too. I bought one.

Gradually, I found that this magic machine can do a lot. It would buzz me if I had been sitting down too long. It would tell me I had reached a goal of so many thousand steps that I didn't know I had set. It linked up with my phone and gave me numbers and graphs. Not only did I know how many greens I hit in regulation I also know how many steps I had taken and calories were burned. I should have kept my mouth shut.

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