Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Run, Bike, Bia

Almost two years ago, I came across a Kickstarter project for a sports watch.  The watch would not only track your swimming, biking and running, it had an SOS feature that would call for help with the push of a button.  I loved that and had to know more.  Plus, at that time, I still did not own any type of GPS watch.

I had never heard of Kickstarter before and wasn't sure how it all worked. You can get more info about it here.

The original wait time was less than a year, but that was not to be.  I am not gonna lie, the wait was tough, but the Bia ladies kept us well informed on what was going on.  As e-mails started going out with tracking numbers, I got more and more excited. Finally, my e-mail came and two days later, I had a Bia on my wrist.

The watch was smaller than I pictured it and the Go Stick was bigger.  By the way, the Go stick contains the GPS chip, the GSM chip, ANT+Connectivity, and the storage for the unit.  This is the piece you have to charge and it is good for seventeen hours.  You cannot use the watch without this piece.

Once I had the box opened, I registered my unit which only took a couple minutes.  Then I needed to set up the SOS feature. Basically if you find yourself in trouble on your run, you hit the button for four seconds and it will send an alert to the people you have as your contact. It will give them a link to your exact location and will then send them a message every 60 seconds with your location even if you are moving.  Mr. RWM and I had to test it out.

I hit the button and within a couple seconds he got a text message saying I was in trouble and to send help. The link of my location was included and was dead on, my living room.  I just hit the button again to cancel it and got a cute message, "Phew, glad you are alright."

So now I had to run.  Gracie said she wanted to run with me, so I told her to go put on some running clothes and get her sneakers.  This is how she came downstairs:
My running Princess.
Me and my baby!

The very first activity on my Bia.

You have to shake the Go Stick to wake it up and then hit the button on your watch. You get a screen that says, Run, Bike, Swim and you pick one.  The next screen says, Just Run or Walk/Run.  Just run is what we went with.  

Gracie was so cute. We didn't get too far before she got rid of the crown and the seal.  We just ran around our neighborhood and talked and laughed.  At one point she said, "I need to walk now mommy. My legs are not used to running as much as the rest of me is."  

We ran a mile and I thought we were finished but she wanted to go a bit more.  She declared, "Princesses never give up!" So we ran another .40 miles.  From there she insisted we go for a bike ride.  Great, let me just switch my watch to bike.  Easy, peasy.

Gracie and I rode for 1.10 mies.  I still wanted to ride so once I got her home, I headed out for 7.20 miles.  I am still getting used to my road bike so I just stayed close to home but I sure did have a good time!

The watch felt comfortable on my wrist and the Go Stick just clipped onto my pants. I didn't even know it was there.

On Monday, I went for a much longer run with it. The girls and I ran 10.5 miles.  The run was tough but I had no trouble with the watch.  

On Tuesday, I biked 15 miles and then ran 3.  Again, the watch was great.  As far as the workout, that was great too.  I am really beginning to love the bike and feel like I can ride forever when I am on it.  Wish I felt that good when I was swimming.

Like I said above, the watch will also track your swim, but I have not used that feature yet.  I will keep you posted on that though and let you know how it works.

All in all, I am happy with the watch so far.  One of the things I really like is the message you get after each workout.  It also automatically uploads to Strava.  Feel free to follow me there.  Plus, any updates that come about are automatically updated to your watch without you doing anything. 

Tell me did you get a Bia? What are your thoughts so far?

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole


  1. Very cool. I love that the battery lasts 17 hours that will be perfect for the 1/2 iron man. (My Garmin battery only lasts 8 hours)

    1. Yes, it is designed so you can use if for an Ironman. Should have plenty of life for my half.

  2. That's a cool looking watch! Glad you're having success with it :)

  3. I keep hearing really good things about this! The SOS feature looks really nice.

    1. Thanks, yes it is. I sure hope I never have to use it though, but feel better knowing it's there.

  4. I am looking for a watch to sport for some time, but there are so many options that it is not easy to pick one.
    I'll surely be looking for it over here in Europe.
    Thanks for the info.

  5. That is a brilliant idea - especially for people who may be nervous to take on a big workout by themselves!

  6. I've been looking at the Bia, thanks for the review!

  7. this sounds pretty cool- I use Nike Plus in my shoe but this is wicked interesting! Good for you for supporting a kickstarter! we need more people like you!

  8. The battery life sounds amazing. I used my Garmin on the 3day walk and it died half way through the day. That would be awesome.

  9. I am loving these reviews as I had been curious to hear more about the Bia Sports watch. Some people have said the Go Stick is hard to wear. Great review!