#PulseOn nominated in the 2015 Running Awards!

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Press Release From PulseOn

We are excited to announce that PulseOn has been nominated for the best Running Tech in the 2015 Running Awards.

The Running Awards are an annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of running and its culture in the UK. This means everything from the best shoes and marathons to the most exciting blogs and accessories.

We are glad that our vision for the world’s easiest heart rate monitoring with our small and accurate wrist device providing meaningful insights has been noted! The new PulseOn heart rate wrist band is truly changing the way people think about monitoring heart rate during exercise.

Support us and place your vote for the stylish and strapless PulseOn, the heart rate monitor that goes beyond tracking!

Vote for PulseOn here: The 2015 Running Awards (You’ll find PulseOn in: Technology > Running tech)

We are thankful for your great support and please continue spreading our love for meaningful heart rate monitoring!

@OSMONutrition Active Hydration Sachets for cycling triathlon

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Well. I was given some freebie little sachets with some hydration products in. My initial thought was ‘I’ll never use those’. And so I didn’t for a while.

On yesterday’s 3 hour ride however it was a wee bit warm and I ran out of my pre-mixed drinks.

Coming by water in the UK is obviously relatively easy even in the ‘middle of nowhere’ The ‘middle of nowhere’ in the Home counties is basically some ‘nice little village’.

And, you’ve guessed it, here is where the sachets came into their own for me and a few buddies. It’s great to be proved wrong…well it is, so long as you have the solution in your back pocket :-)

Thank you Mr-OSMO-Nutrition-Active-Hydration-Sachet !!

OSMO Acute Recovery vs High5 @osmonutrition #triathlon fuel

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A Dairy Crest Semi-Skimmed Milk Bottle.

A Dairy Crest Semi-Skimmed Milk Bottle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OSMO Acute Recovery vs High5 Protein Recovery

I’ve been using whey protein isolate for a few years; mostly ‘on’ rather than ‘off’. Almost always trying to have some after a particularly hard session or after weights. In general I would say this (whey protein isolate) is a great recovery tactic and, for me at least, certainly speeds my recovery.

In more recent months I’ve been using an entry level High 5 product (Protein Recovery). And that’s fine. Tastes nice  (chocolate flavour) and seems to do the job. I tend to mix it with semi-skimmed milk.

I’ve been asked to use OSMO Acute Recovery  (Vanilla flavour powder). I’ve tried mixing this with water and also with semi-skimmed milk. To be honest I’m not too keen on either’s taste (ie water or milk). However with apple juice or orange juice I find it pretty tasty.

I appreciate I’m not comparing like with like for the taste of the powders.

The High5, I found, mixes better than most protein powders I’ve tried I the past. OSMO’s ‘mixability’ is pretty much par for the course. Same as most other brands. Whether or not something’s mixability is a good sign of product quality or not; I don’t know!

However I would say that the most noticeable difference is on ‘next day recovery’. Basically scientifically stated as ‘how much my XXXX hurts the next day’ (XXXX=substitute favourite body part). The OSMO product definitely makes me a bit fresher the following day, only a ‘bit’, but noticeably so. If I’m planning on an evening’s weights session followed by a morning tempo run then (combined with other recovery strategies) the OSMO is, for sure, the best.

For the sake of completeness: I got a single free sample of a small tub.

 

 

 

Still recovering from hevertri2014 triathlon @CastleTriathlon @osmonutrition

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The Gauntlet Half Ironman Triathlon

The Gauntlet Half Ironman Triathlon

The post race atmosphere at Hever was great. Hanging around in the athlete’s village (OK the bit where the shops are!) waiting for the free race massage was more pleasant than most post-race experiences.

OSMO Nutrition

OSMO Nutrition

However I foolishly didn’t get back to the car for quite some time…and that was where my OSMO Acute Recovery was. The free burger (protein) and the free massage and the Compressport recovery gear all normally work when combined wit the OSMO. I missed one of the ingredients of my recovery and I still had DOMS on Thursday and even today it’s not too great. Recovery runs have helped a bit…so the OSMO stuff could really work or maybe the race was a tad harder than I normally do and that cramp I got caused more damage than usual.

Guess I’ll have to do Hever again to find out :-)

Triathlon nutrition in Weymouth @challengetriuk @osmonutrition

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OSMO Nutrition

Awesome half in Weymouth and a little tricky to say the least.

The longer races remain far from my speciality and are definitely a Challenge :-)

I’d previously relied heavily on gels and found that I just couldn’t consume the volumes required. Much easier route today was with a lower number of gels but combined with bars and the like as well as electrolyes++  from OSMO Nutrition with their Active Hydration product. As (I think) I’ve said before here I find that I can consume quite a bit with the Active Hydration product and still feel thirsty so, unscientifically at least, it seems to keep me better hydrated. Oh well, doesn’t hurt at any rate !

 

Garmin partners with SportTracks

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Some very interesting news from SportTracks. They have just partnered with Garmin. (See Press Release, below). Looks like SporTracks (mobi) will be easily able to be automatically updated from the online Garmin Connect.

Sync down to the PC app: You have to be using CloudSync and the mobile sporttracks for this to sync to your PC SportTracks app.

Great news though. as people ‘grow out’ of Garmin connect and start to want much more deeper or unusual analyses then they can much more easily migrate across to SportTracks.

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Millions of athletes using Garmin devices now have access to robust data analysis from SportTracks

DURHAM, N.C. – SportTracks, a fitness application company that helps elite athletes achieve their training goals through data analysis and metric­driven training, today announced a partnership that will allow millions of Garmin Connect users to seamlessly view their data in SportTracks applications.

Garmin Connect is a free online fitness community that allows users to analyze training progress, set and track goals, and share activities with other Garmin Connect users or on social media sites.

“We are thrilled with this partnership,” said Aaron Averill, CEO of SportTracks. “Now athletes can spend less time transferring data and more time incorporating immediate, actionable insights into their training plan. You can walk in from your run, hit the stop button on your Garmin, open SportTracks on your tablet, and have the most robust analysis available, right at your fingertips.”

When logged into SportTracks, users can link their Garmin Connect account to automatically sync. Once the accounts are linked, users’ activities are immediately viewable on SportTracks.  Averill said the response from athletes in a beta test of the integration between SportTracks and Garmin has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Performance athletes have busy lives and need a seamless training experience,” said Averill. “Data from all their devices should be available wherever they are. They want to go from recording data, to analyzing performance, to planning their next workout, and they want that experience to be as easy as possible.”

About SportTracks

SportTracks provides insight that matters through custom analysis and an athlete­centered design. From logging workouts to detailed analytics and community support, SportTracks gives athletes the tools and resources necessary to safely achieve their goals. SportTracks offers both SportTracks 3, a Windows application and SportTracks.mobi, a mobile­friendly web app.

About Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect is a free online fitness community that allows users to analyze training progress, set and track goals, and share activities with other Garmin Connect users or on social media sites. Relive a run, evaluate heart rate, compete on segments and join online challenges for extra motivation to reach fitness goals. Additionally, users can plan their workouts, or grab a training plan to send directly to their compatible Garmin device.

Garmin 920XT User Manual and specs

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT Triathlon Watch Red White

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Triathlon Watch Red White

From the Garmin website here is a copy of the Forerunner 920XT User Manual (Oct 2014)

And from earlier again here are the features

Edit: The Garmin 920XT is now released and the Garmin press release is here.

Physical & Performance:

Physical dimensions 1.9” x 2.2” x 0.5” (48 x 55 x 12.7 mm)
Display size, WxH 1.1″ x 0.8″ (2.9 x 2.1 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 205 x 148 pixels
Touchscreen No
Weight 2.1 oz (61 g)
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 24 hours in training mode; up to 4 months in watch mode
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
VIRB® control Yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap No
Ability to add maps No
Accepts data cards No
History 100 hours of activity data
Waypoints/favorites/locations 100
Routes 0

Features & Benefits:

Heart rate monitor Yes (Some versions)
Bike speed/cadence sensor Yes (optional)
Foot pod Yes (optional)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) Yes
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities) Yes
Courses (compete against previous activities) Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap) Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) Yes
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) Yes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) Yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace) Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Vibration alert Yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) Yes
Customizable screen(s) Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units) No
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride) No
Sport watch Yes
Additional
  • V02 max estimate: Yes
  • Run/walk feature: Yes
  • Activity tracking: Yes
  • Projected finish time: Yes
  • Race an activity: Yes
  • Custom alerts: Yes
  • Customizable lap screen
  • Includes Wi-Fi®

Source: Garmin.com

Introducing the Forerunner® 920XT from Garmin® – a Multisport GPS Watch with Advanced Running Dynamics and Connected Features

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Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Garmin 920XT Release Info

OLATHE, Kan.–(Source: BUSINESS WIRE.com)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Forerunner 920XT – a multisport GPS watch with advanced running dynamics and connected features. Recording detailed metrics for swimming, biking and running, the Forerunner 920XT is qualified to take elite and beginner athletes’ training to the next level. Its slim profile and hinged watch bands offer a comfortable fit, and its high-resolution color display makes it easy to view stats at a glance during training and on race day. Advanced features include running dynamics, VO2 max estimate1, live tracking and smart notifications, and its watch mode and daily activity tracking features are ideal for all day wear to monitor steps and calories.

“As a pioneer and leader in GPS multisport watches, we’re excited to introduce our most advanced all-in-one solution for triathlon training – the Forerunner 920XT”

“As a pioneer and leader in GPS multisport watches, we’re excited to introduce our most advanced all-in-one solution for triathlon training – the Forerunner 920XT,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Recording in-depth metrics for swimming, cycling and running, tracking daily activity, while keeping users connected, the Forerunner 920XT is ideal for training, racing, and everything in between.”

Exceptional Display and Connected Features

The Forerunner 920XT’s sleek design is 15 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than its predecessor, and features flexible, hinged watch bands for a more comfortable fit. Its high-resolution color display features a watch mode, and daily activity tracking features including steps, distance, calories, countdown to a personalized daily goal, audible move alert after one hour of inactivity, and sleep tracking. It also keeps users connected with smart notifications of incoming text, email, call, calendar reminders and more when in range of a paired Bluetooth®-smart device2.

Athletes can track even more of their workouts by using the Forerunner 920XT as a remote for their VIRB® or VIRB Elite action camera3 – starting and stopping recording, and taking stills right from their wrist. Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect through WiFi® hot spots, or through the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app on a Bluetooth® enabled smartphone allow users to seamlessly upload their workout data. In the mobile app users can start a LiveTrack session allowing invited family and friends to follow along in real time during training or on race day. To further enhance training, analysis and sharing additional features are also now available in Garmin Connect’s modern view including multisport support, a new activity detail page, group leaderboards and more.

With a software update available in early 2015, the Forerunner 920XT will become Connect IQ compatible, making additional applications available to users for their active lifestyles.

In the Water

Water rated 5 ATM, the Forerunner 920XT offers advanced swim metrics for training in a pool or open water4. Its drill logging allows athletes to easily log swim drills and kick sets at the pool, along with recording swim distance, pace, stroke type, stroke count and SWOLF score. The Forerunner 920XT includes two rest timers to keep swimmers pushing off the wall on time, and features distance alerts to let users know a set is over, or time alerts to help them hold their pace.

On the Bike

Own the road with the Forerunner 920XT’s advanced cycling features including a built-in altimeter for precise ascent, descent and gradient data during training. It is compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence, heart rate and power meter, and can receive GLONASS signals in addition to GPS for improved accuracy3. When paired with compatible ANT+™ power meters, including Vector™ S and the dual-sensing Vector system, the Forerunner 920XT displays power data including average watts, left/right balance, power zone, and when also paired with a heart rate monitor for training it can derive users’ VO2 max estimates for cycling to help monitor changes in fitness.

On the Run

Train for optimal running form with Garmin’s advanced running dynamics, featured on the Forerunner 920XT when used with the HRM-Run™ monitor. Reporting cadence (total steps per minute), vertical oscillation (amount of “bounce” in a runner’s step), and ground contact time (how much time a runner’s foot spends on the ground during each step), the Forerunner 920XT will even show a color gauge so users can see how their values compare to other runners in general. It also features a metronome with vibration and audible alerts to guide cadence training, a race predictor based on VO2 max for running, and a recovery advisor indicating how long a runner should rest before attempting another hard effort1.

For ultra runners the Forerunner 920XT offers an UltraTrac mode, extending its up-to-24-hours-in-GPS-mode battery life for up to 40 hours.

The Forerunner 920XT is available in black/blue or red/white for a suggested retail price of $449.99 and $499.99 for the premium heart rate monitor bundle.

Forerunner 920XT is the latest from Garmin’s expanding fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Whether it’s running, cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about other Garmin fitness products and services, go to www.garmin.com/intosports, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

1 VO2 max, recovery advisor and race predictor are available when used with any compatible ANT+ heart rate monitor. Advanced running dynamics are available when used with a HRM-Run monitor (included with some models, sold separately on others).

2 See Garmin.com/BLE for a list of compatible phones.

3 Speed and cadence sensors, VIRB, and Vector systems sold separately.

4 Water rating 5 ATM (50m). For more information, see Garmin.com/waterrating.

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, Forerunner, Bluetooth and WiFi are registered trademarks and Vector, HRM-Run, Garmin Connect and ANT+ are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Specifications From Garmin.com

Physical & Performance:

Physical dimensions 1.9” x 2.2” x 0.5” (48 x 55 x 12.7 mm)
Display size, WxH 1.1″ x 0.8″ (2.9 x 2.1 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 205 x 148 pixels
Touchscreen No
Weight 2.1 oz (61 g)
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 24 hours in training mode; up to 4 months in watch mode
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
VIRB® control Yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap No
Ability to add maps No
Accepts data cards No
History 100 hours of activity data
Waypoints/favorites/locations 100
Routes 0

Features & Benefits:

Heart rate monitor Yes (Some versions)
Bike speed/cadence sensor Yes (optional)
Foot pod Yes (optional)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) Yes
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities) Yes
Courses (compete against previous activities) Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap) Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) Yes
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) Yes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) Yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace) Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Vibration alert Yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) Yes
Customizable screen(s) Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units) No
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride) No
Sport watch Yes
Additional
  • V02 max estimate: Yes
  • Run/walk feature: Yes
  • Activity tracking: Yes
  • Projected finish time: Yes
  • Race an activity: Yes
  • Custom alerts: Yes
  • Customizable lap screen
  • Includes Wi-Fi®
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