Hampstead Triathlon Club Beginners package – ideal starter for London Triathlon

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Source: Salomon City Trail

Source: Salomon City Trail

Over the past couple of months Hampstead Triathlon Club have been working with the organisers of the ITU World Triathlon in Hyde Park, London to help encourage new people to triathlon.

As a result they have a great opportunity for beginners to take part in a Hampstead Triathlon Club Beginners package that leads straight into their first Triathlon at London Hyde Park on Saturday May 30th. This is the same course used in the London 2012 Olympic Games. See the website here ITU World Triathlon London 2015

The triathlon will be the shortest “Tri it Distance” often known as a Super Sprint triathlon and the race distances are a 400m open water swim, 15.5km Bike and a 2.5km run. This is a fantastic distance for your first triathlon in superb surroundings!

The package, outlined below, is ideal for someone who would like to do their first Triathlon. If this is you or you know of anyone who would be interested please forward the details onto them and ask them to contact Hampstead Triathlon Club Head Coach – Daniel Bingham –  via email on danielbingham@live.co.uk or by phone on 07954 385330

The Hampstead Triathlon Club beginners package includes:

– Entry to the “Tri it Distance” race at the ITU World Triathlon at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 30th May

– 10 coached sessions of your choice with Hampstead Triathlon Club (recommended sessions below)

– A personal Triathlon coach who will give you a training plan and guide you through your training.

– A months membership with Hampstead Triathlon Club in the month of June.

The package runs from April 1 to race day, if you don’t do all the 10 sessions you can do them at a time that is good for you after the race.

Recommended sessions 

2 Pool swim sessions -  to work on technique improvement.

2  Open water swim session -  (Lido or lake) to practice sighting, swimming in groups, drafting, getting wetsuit off ect

2 Bike sessions - at Regents Park to work on technique, gearing and pace.

2 Transition session - at Regents Park to work on transition skills and to a do a race simulated workout to include lots of transitions.

2 Run session on the Track - To work on Technique and pacing,

The price for the whole package is £150 and places are strictly limited so don’t delay!

They can also help with hiring of wetsuits and bikes for the season if required. Just let us know and we can work out what would suit best.

If you or anyone you know would like to sign up to the package please contact Daniel via the contact details above so that he send you more details. It will be great fun to make friends and to train and race with the same people over the coming months so tell your friends and get them involved too.

 

 

 

GET THE KIDS TO GIVE IT A TRI

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—Press Release ————–

With over 6,500 IRONKIDS places available across 4 events in the UK, IRONMAN are encouraging youngsters aged 3 – 14 to step up to the challenge and give it a try.

Such has been the interest for entry into IRONKIDS, that organisers have doubled entry numbers to that of last year and IRONKIDS will be staged at all IRONMAN UK events in 2015.

Demand for racing IRONMAN (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2m run) is seeing phenomenal growth. With record sell out rates and up to 50% tackling their first IRONMAN, organisers are keen to support the whole family by encouraging kids to get involved and be part of the action too.

The development of IRONKIDS in the UK has been a key focus and last year saw over 3,000 teens and tots take part in one of the three races on offer, which are staged the day before the main IRONMAN event.

2015 will also see the introduction of an IRONKIDS event at the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. There will be no swim or bike element involved, the children will only be required to run between 500 metres and 2.5 kilometres according to their age.

The emphasis of IRONKIDS is very much about getting kids to have a go and to be part of a world class and iconic event, with a view to them wanting to continue to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. With a focus on fun, finish times will not be provided, but each child will receive a special commemorative IRONKIDS T-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing their run to celebrate their achievement.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland, said: “IRONKIDS is a fantastic opportunity to give kids a taster of triathlon, whilst also encouraging families to get outside and train together. With IRONKIDS racing taking place the day before the main IRONMAN event, they attract a great atmosphere and are an impressive start to the weekend’s racing.”

2015 IRONKIDS events will take place at IRONKIDS Staffordshire (13th June), IRONKIDS Exmoor (27th June), IRONKIDS UK (18th July) and IRONKIDS Wales (12th September).

Entries are filling fast with over half the places already sold, so to make sure your child doesn’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity, please visit www.ironkids.co.uk for further information and online entry, which needs to be completed by parents or guardians.

 

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Event Date Nursery 1 & 2, Reception and Year 1 Year 2, 3, 4, 5 year 6, 7, 8 Year 9 & 10 Cost
IRONKIDS Staffordshire 13 June 500 metres 1km 1.5km 2km £14.84
IRONKIDS Exmoor 27 June 500 metres 1km 1.5km 2km £12.72
IRONKIDS UK 18 July 500 metres 1km 1.5km 2km £2 (sponsored by Bolton Council)
IRONKIDS Wales 12 Sept 500 metres 1km 1.5km 1.5km £14.84

 

 

Do you #USEYOURRUN to good effect? Tell @NewBalanceUK


I need a new, more modern, pair I think.

I need a new, more modern, pair I think.

Well, at the moment I’m using my run to try to regain lost fitness from 6 weeks of a torn calf injury. The low-point was 3 weeks into the injury when I was getting fitness withdrawal symptoms and had to ‘go for a walk’. Something I’ve not done for quite a while.

The highlight was today being back onto my New Balance racing flats with race day a  couple of weeks away. Not a tinge of pain. Bliss

SUUNTO AMBIT3: OPTIMIZE YOUR INTERVAL WORKOUTS WITH THE WORKOUT PLANNER

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AMBIT3 series watches now have workout planning with a new firmware release.

———– Press Release —————–

Welcome to the world of planned and guided workouts! You can now create workouts with Suunto Movescount App and use them on your Suunto Ambit3. In this tutorial, you will learn how to take advantage of this new feature.

The most obvious use for planned workouts is interval workouts: set a warm-up, intervals with recovery times and a cool-down. But you can be more creative than that and use the workout planner in pretty much any exercise. Hill repeats, changing tempo during your exercise, increasing intensity workout. Even a strength training session or stretching can be guided with a planned workout. And there is no need to run those 400m intervals on the track just to hit the right distances. Your watch will guide you on any terrain.

With the guidance of a planned workout you hit the targets of your training better and progress faster.

To get started with the workout planner you will need a Suunto Ambit3 watch, the Suunto Movescount App, both with the latest software, and a Movescount account.

The process has three steps:

  1. Plan the workout with Suunto Movescount App.
  2. Sync the workout to your Suunto Ambit3 Peak, Sport or Run.
  3. Select the workout in your watch during training.

AMBIT3: New firmware released today

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IMG_3427Watch firmware v1.5.25 was released today, 25 Mar 2015. Or at least that’s when it installed on my AMBIT3 SPORT. Presumably the same /similar firmware is also available for the other AMBIT3 variants.

I’m yet to look in more detail but this could be the anticipated March update listed <here>.

Today I did a multi-paced interval run looking at the accuracy of the AMBIT3 vs. 920XT with respect to the CURRENT PACE. Interesting results that I’ll post up soon.

Powertap Adds P1 Pedal and C1 Chainring to Product Offerings

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Some interesting developments in power metering  from the market leader.

—-Press Release Follows———–

PowerTap reasserts its position as market leader with the addition of two new power meters to their portfolio. Alongside their industry benchmarked hub-based power meters and wheelsets, PowerTap is coming to market with their P1 pedal and C1 chainring. Through years of observations, testing, development and hard work, PowerTap is committed to providing power measurement products with the accuracy that cyclists deserve. With the introduction of these new products, PowerTap will lead the industry by becoming the first and only cycling power meter company with a complete portfolio of power meter products for multiple locations on the bike.

The P1 pedal is a simple, intelligent and uncompromising design that provides the same proven PowerTap accuracy and reliability. The simple one-piece design easily mounts to any crank and does not require calibration nor installation angle setting, providing a true “plug-and-play” experience. The P1 also features dual band ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART for compatibility with a multitude of head units and smart devices. Plus, the independent measurement opens the possibility for a new set of pedaling metrics previously unavailable. Estimated retail price for the P1 is $1200.00 USD.

The C1 chainring is a full featured, crank-based power meter that features dual-sided measurement. Available in multiple chainring tooth options for 5 bolt, 110 BCD cranks, the C1 mounts to existing hardware on the bike. Additionally, dual band ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART connectivity make the C1 an obvious choice for riders looking for more features and better value. Estimated retail price for the C1 is $700.00 USD.

“We have spent the past 15 years learning from and educating cyclists on all facets of training with power,” says PowerTap President, Jeff Frehner. “Our passion for making cyclists better by utilizing power measurement remains at the core of why we are in this business. We strive to always be the experts in the power measurement category.”

PowerTap is excited to expand their power meter portfolio and unleash the P1 and C1 to the power training world. Follow PowerTap on Twitter or Facebook or sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay up to date on product availability.

Basis Peak – available now.

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At the London Excel Wearables 2015 show earlier this month the Basis Peak was on show for anyone who dropped by the impressive-looking Intel stand (they own Basis).

It’s available now of course (comparison links, below).

I’ve included some more info on the PEAK below before I take a more detailed look later.

 

 

———- Press Release Follows Verbatim —————-

BASIS UNVEILS PEAK™, THE ULTIMATE FITNESS AND SLEEP TRACKER
Next Generation Product Improves Accuracy in Heart Rate Monitoring in a Sleek Touchscreen Form Factor; First Product Introduction Since Intel Acquisition
San Francisco  September 30, 2014  Basis (http://www.mybasis.com), an Intel company and leader in wearable device technologies for fitness, sleep and wellness applications, announced today the next generation Basis Peak™ fitness and sleep tracker. Featuring a sleek new touchscreen design and improved sensor technology, Peak provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring, including during exercise, without the need for a chest strap.  With Peak, Basis carries through its unique combination of automatic activity tracking, advanced sleep analysis and a healthy habits user experience designed to enable real behavior changedelivering the most comprehensive picture of fitness and sleep of any product in the category. 

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Available in November, Basis Peak will retail for $199.99 and builds upon previous Basis models to provide better performance, increased functionality and an improved physical designIn developing Peak, Basis has reengineered its optical heart rate engine with more powerful sensor design for improved accuracy and  consistency. Peak also continuously monitors movement, perspiration and skin temperature. This multi-sensor approach, combined with Basis’ BodyIQ technology, enables Peak to automatically detect walking, running, biking, sleep phases, sleep quality and more. Even with these sensors working 24/7, Peak maintains a battery life of up to four days, a challenge for many other wearable devices on the market today Peak boasts water resistance to 5ATM, enough to withstand swimming, and is capable of displaying smartwatch notifications, like incoming calls and texts, from an iOS or Android phone, a feature that will be introduced in the future.

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“Since our first product, Basis has continued to set a high standard of rich data and insights for both fitness and sleep,” said Jef Holove, general manager of Basis. “Now with Peak, we’ve achieved an even higher level of performance and extended functionality, delivering an all-in-one device to help people live healthier day and night, at work or working out.”

“As we drive innovation in wearable technology, Intel is confident that the technology improvements in the next generation Basis product help deliver on that promise,” said Michael Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group. “With the introduction of Peak, Basis has expanded the boundaries of what a fitness and sleep tracker can do by delivering truly actionable information and data to its users that changes and improves their daily habits.” 

Integrating Advanced Technology in a Sleek Design
Peak incorporates extensive technology and engineering improvements while leveraging the best of Basis’ advanced fitness and sleep tracking capabilities.  Features include:

 Intelligent Activity and Sleep Tracking with BodyIQ - The intelligence built into the original Basis fitness and sleep tracking system will carry over into Peak.  This includes its BodyIQ technologywith proprietary algorithms, that allows for automatic tracking of sleep and physical activities (walking, running and biking) as well as Advanced Sleep Analysis which includes REM, Deep and Light Sleep, Toss-and-Turn, Interruptions and Sleep Quality. 
 Premium and Customizable Design - Peak sports a sleek design and forged aluminum body with a Gorilla Glass 3  touch screen  water resistant to 5ATM  and soft breathable silicone straps that are customizableBasis will initially offer Peak in two options: a matte black module with black and red-accented straps, and a brushed silver module with white and gray-accented straps. Standard 23mm watch strap attachments also allow users to customize with a band of their choice. 
 Healthy Habits System - Not only will Peak continue to automatically track healthy activities, but it will award credit through the Basis healthy habits system, designed to help users incorporate small, healthy changes to their daily routines.  Helping users set tangible goals like going to sleep at the same time each night or standing up from their desk once an hour during the day, the healthy habits system automatically adjusts based on a user’s progress to ensure that goals are reachable, and habits sustainable.
 Smartwatch Notifications - Peak is capable of displaying smartwatch notifications, including alerts for incoming calls and texts, from an iOS or Android smartphone. This feature will be a free future upgrade to all Peak customers, and these notification capabilities will be expanded over time. The band is also equipped with a vibration motor for such alerts. 
 Optimized for Mobile - The Basis iOS and Android apps will power device set-up and display data throughout the day.  In addition to basic metrics such as steps, calories, and BodyIQ fitness and sleep activities, the mobile app will display rich sleep, activity and habit insights to keep users on track. 
Availability
Peak will be available through select U.S. retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and REI, as well as www.mybasis.com. Peak will also be available in Canada and the UK by the holidays.   Previous Basis bands, including the B1 and Carbon Steel Edition, will be supported but no longer available for purchase. User accounts and data will carry over for owners who choose to transition to Peak for their tracking needs.
For more information about Basis Peak, accessories, free web, iOS and Android apps, and the latest product updates, please visit: http://www.mybasis.com.
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Activity Trackers

Activity Trackers March 2015 Amazon Price
Basis Peak £169.99 Link
Epson Pulsense PS100 £79.00 Link
Epson Pulsense PS500 £147.62 Link
Fitbit Charge £91.01 Link
Fitbit Charge HR £119.00 Link
FitBit Flex £95.29 Link
Fitbit One £67.39 Link
Fitbit Surge Ultimate £199.00 Link
Fitbit Zip £46.66 Link
Fitbug Orb £40.98 Link
Garmin Forerunner 15 £99.00 Link
Garmin Vivoactive £199.99 Link
Garmin Vivofit £60.48 Link
Garmin Vivofit2 £99.99 Link
Garmin Vivosmart £105.79 Link
Jawbone UP24 £104.99 Link
Jaybird Reign £189.99 Link
Microsoft Band £169.99 Link
Milestone Altitude £25.99 Link
Mio Fuse £116.98 Link
Misfit Shine £62.00 Link
Nike+ Fuelband £129.95 Link
Polar Loop £59.25 Link
sony Mobile SWR10 £33.95 Link
Timex Move x20 £75.60 Link
Withings Pulse £77.39 Link

The Perfect or Best Activity Tracker ?

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messaging, Hr, running...hmmm

messaging, Hr, running…hmmm

There are LOTS of activity trackers on the market and LOTS more planned to come from the large existing companies such as FITBIT [SURGE, others] as well as new large entrants such as MICROSOFT [BAND] and start-ups.

With the plethora of trackers none is yet the ‘perfect’ one. In fact, what would a perfect activity trackers ‘do’ and ‘look like’? A tracker that’s perfect for a 60-something may well not be perfect for a 28 year-old triathlete.

Indeed I recently bought a FITBIT ONE for a 60-something. It’s a simple clip-on device with a display and rudimentary sleep tracker that links to a decent app. That may well have been the ‘perfect’ tracker for that particular individual. Reasonably priced too.

Me? Nominally a ‘triathlete’, I don’t have a tracker that I use regularly. I have a Garmin 920Xt which has good inbuilt activity tracking functionality – but I don’t really use the activity tracking as the watch is not too pretty; pretty large (compared to a band) and doesn’t give the HR and Sleep functions that I would want.

I don’t  ‘track’

Essentially what I want (maybe even NEED from a sporty point of view) is a RECOVERY tracker.

A recovery tracker would need to have judicious use of heart rate variability analysis from an optical (non-chest) strap as well as good sleep analysis metrics. The former of those might not even be possible. (Although Jaybird REIGN makes some claims in this area).

Before I go on to say what features the ‘perfect’ activity tracker would possess let me cover some of the features that it SHOULD NOT have.

  • GPS
  • Watch-form factor
  • SMS-Text/notifications features
  • Camera control

Some of those are controversial. They are clearly all useful functions and functions that help a product sell and differentiate it from the competitors.  However I argue they add size/weight/complexity and are not necessary to perform the task that an activity tracker needs to do.

Before we get carried away we have to lose the mind-set that the activity tracker needs to do everything. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE A MARATHON RUNNER’S WATCH nor A TRIATHLETE’S watch. That’s a different device at a different price point.

Of course I know that you are going to say that if you go for a 10k jog then that is an activity that needs to be tracked

So the ‘perfect’ activity tracker IMHO will do this

  • Provide some meaningful way of tracking ACTIVITY
    • sport activity (or be able to turn off the device for sport activity allowing another dedicated device to track sport)
    • walking and stair climbing (but not necessarily ‘steps’ per se)
  • Provide some meaningful way of tracking INACTIVITY
    • sleep quality
    • waking inactivity, such as driving, without recording false activity.
    • general stress/recovery level of nervous system through HRV and/or HRrest
  • A simple method of showing progress against a meaningful daily target
  • Look aesthetically pleasing and be lightweight
  • Bluetooth comms to a SMART phone app and/or ‘open’ standards-based web app

Do you agree?

Activity Trackers

Activity Trackers March 2015 Amazon Price
Basis Peak £169.99 Link
Epson Pulsense PS100 £79.00 Link
Epson Pulsense PS500 £147.62 Link
Fitbit Charge £91.01 Link
Fitbit Charge HR £119.00 Link
FitBit Flex £95.29 Link
Fitbit One £67.39 Link
Fitbit Surge Ultimate £199.00 Link
Fitbit Zip £46.66 Link
Fitbug Orb £40.98 Link
Garmin Forerunner 15 £99.00 Link
Garmin Vivoactive £199.99 Link
Garmin Vivofit £60.48 Link
Garmin Vivofit2 £99.99 Link
Garmin Vivosmart £105.79 Link
Jawbone UP24 £104.99 Link
Jaybird Reign £189.99 Link
Microsoft Band £169.99 Link
Milestone Altitude £25.99 Link
Mio Fuse £116.98 Link
Misfit Shine £62.00 Link
Nike+ Fuelband £129.95 Link
Polar Loop £59.25 Link
sony Mobile SWR10 £33.95 Link
Timex Move x20 £75.60 Link
Withings Pulse £77.39 Link

So: Fitbit at the lower end, Jaybird at the top-end and the middle ground is littered with differing functionality. My personal choices there would be the FUSE and the BAND as I like how they look.

Microsoft BAND UK – Pre-Order Now

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messaging, Hr, running...hmmm

messaging, Hr, running…hmmm

—– Microsoft Press Release Follows Verbatim ——————————-

Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band to launch in the UK on 15 April

  • Microsoft announces its first smart band for health and fitness is coming to the UK next month and is available for pre-order from today
  • Microsoft Band is the first device to work alongside the Microsoft Health platform, designed to store and analyse user health data, accessible across Windows Phone, iOS and Android Phones*  

 London – Tuesday 17 March: Building on the success of the US launch in October 2014, Microsoft today announced that Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band will be launching in the UK on 15 April. Designed as the first device for the Microsoft Health platform, Microsoft Band is a smart band that provides a balance of living healthier and being more productive.

Microsoft Health is an open cloud-based service that helps you live a healthier lifestyle by providing actionable insights based on data gathered from the fitness devices and apps that you use every day. Microsoft Health has partnered with existing fitness services such as RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, MapMyfitness and Microsoft HealthVault.  For UK launch, we are excited to announce a unique partnership with Nuffield Health, who are leaders in fitness and wellbeing.  This will offer goal-based workouts created specifically for Microsoft Band and integrates Microsoft Band data into Nuffield HealthScoreTM – an app that converts body and lifestyle data into an easy-to-understand number.

The Microsoft Band encourages you to live healthier by tracking your heart rate, calorie burn and sleep quality alongside comprehensive fitness features such as on-board GPS for run and cycle tracking.  It also includes Guided Workouts, which is like having a personal trainer on your wrist.   In addition, the Microsoft Band helps you be more productive with calendar alerts, email previews and access to Cortana with Windows Phone.  The Microsoft Band is cross-platform, working across Windows Phone, iOS and Android Phones*.

Leila Martine, Director of New Devices at Microsoft UK, said: “The launch of Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band in the UK signifies an exciting step on our journey in the emerging wearables category.  Most importantly, we are looking forward to offering a first-rate fitness experience that will help UK users to live both a healthier and more productive life each day, no matter which smartphone they use.”

Microsoft Band will be available for pre-order starting today from Amazon – £169.99 ERP.  For more information about Microsoft Band go to Microsoft Band UK .

Microsoft Band – What’s all this then?!!!

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MicrosoftBand_Phone_WeeklyStepsUI_RGBHow exciting ! The Microsoft Band is about to hit the UK. I first opened the image below and thought it was a new Transformers Movie (Luckily not!!). I have a friend or 2 with Microsoft (Windows) Phones who will be delighted.

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There’s a slideshow of all the images I have below. Hopefully they will provide you with a taster of what is to come.

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