What the Apple Watch Ultra taught me about multiband GPS and failure - The Verge
- by Simon Harris
- May 28, 2023
- 2 mins
(via Ron Jeffries)
I almost quit this year’s New York City Half Marathon. I’d been running for nearly two hours in freezing temperatures, straight into the wind. All I wanted was to beat last year’s time, even by just one millisecond. If it weren’t for a well-timed cheer from a friend around mile 10, I probably would’ve called it a day.
All I wanted from this year’s NYC Half was to run it faster than last year. I wanted that because, last year, I ran the race — my first half-marathon — as part of Team ALS. I joined on a whim mere weeks after my mom died from the incurable disease. It felt like rebellion after a year defined by ALS.
I’ve come to accept that, at the heart of it, I didn’t really want to do better this year. For all the impressive tech it [the Apple Watch Ultra] packs in its titanium case, it cannot measure grief. Mental health is also health, and as they say, the body keeps the score. It just so happens that the mental side of the equation is much harder for wearables to meaningfully quantify.
All that’s left is to take these lessons and apply them going forward. I’ve already signed up for my next race. I will 1,000 percent be testing no less than four devices — including the Ultra — while training. But for once, I have no time goal. I’m trying not to make a narrative of the data. I think I’ll simply run and see what that feels like.