New Suunto AMBIT3RUN – Announced today (Ambit 3 RUN)

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Source: Suunto

Source: Suunto

Hot off the press from Ms Suunto is the super new Ambit 3RUN. Have a look below at the official release info.

  • voice coach guidance throughout your personalised workout to pre-set targets
  • call and text notifications: Suunto Movie allows you to turn your route into a playable video file.
  • Battery life: 10-100 hours depending on data recording frequency
  • Android App compatibility now April 2015.

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The Ambit3 Run is a smart Bluetooth® enabled GPS watch for runners for whom style, fit and functionality are of equal importance. It is a running partner, coach and guide, letting you plan, progress and recover more efficiently.

Plan your workouts and discover how well you have recovered

The Suunto Ambit3 Run lets you create and follow detailed interval workouts with the Suunto Movescount App. Set the duration and intensity you want, activate your workout and when used with the Movescount App, the voice coach will guide you through the workout.  A software update later in the spring will allow you to compare your running performance against your last 30 day average and analyze your recovery using a quick recovery or sleep recovery test.

Ambit3 Run has full GPS navigation meaning you can plan your route online, download and then run without fear of making a wrong turn.  Battery Life of 10hrs when GPS accuracy set to 1 sec, 15hrs when set to 5 sec and 100hrs when set to 60 sec.

Follow your friends using the Suunto Movescount App

Using the watch together with the popular Suunto Movescount App brings additional benefits. You can customize your Ambit3 watch and share your Moves while on the go as well as receive call and text notifications on the watch so you don’t need to stop to see who’s calling. Or you can make a Suunto Movie, which turns your route into a playable video file. A new feature of the App, available via a software update this spring, will be an activity feed which lets you follow your friends’ activities – and lets them see what you’ve been up to. The App is currently available for iPhone/iPad users and becomes compatible with Android in April.

Suunto has also teamed up with TrainingPeaks. Moves can now be seamlessly synced to TrainingPeaks after uploading to Movescount. The online service offers advanced training advice for endurance athletes.

The Suunto Ambit3 Run has a rrp of £200/£250 (with the Smart Sensor) and is available from March 3rd.

For more details, visit www.Suunto.com/ambit3.   @suunto

Triathlon Running Gadgets – The new Wave: running With POWER


Source: Competitor.com

Source: Competitor.com

Well here we are. POWER. Power with running.

Most of us know that access to cycling power meters has been getting easier as prices have fallen. The number of devices at the lower end of the price range are likely to increase the accessibility to training with power for an ever-increasing market.

That is the end of the first wave.

The second wave in power based training is now starting with STRYD. Power data when running.

A Kickstarter campaign has JUST started, I believe, for the first 1000 or so devices.

The units are likely to be initially keenly priced at around GBP100. They are ANT+ and BTLE compatible.

For those who don’t know ask yourself how fast you should run into the wind when you have been trying to maintain a 4:00/km pace? Ask yourself the same question when running up an incline…or what about a steeper hill? You are asking the WRONG question instead you should ask “what power level you can continue to maintain” *

Just like with cycling, racing by power can almost fall into the realms of legalised cheating :-) You work out your maximum power for a standard distance (called functional threshold power, FTP) and then ‘tools’ exist for you to translate that level of power to different race distances and to different types of training session.

When used in conjunction with Speed/Pace, HR and Cadence; running with POWER adds a new and highly useful metric to your race-bag.

http://www.stryd.com

 

* Actually it’s not quite so simple but that’s broadly it

HR + Power Training Zone Calculator SPREADSHEET – Running, Cycling, Swimming, Triathlon


power-level-chart

Click the spreadsheet below. It’s all there.

Here is a rough and ready spreadsheet for working out your HR Zones based on simple tests. This gives your HR zones for running and cycling and swimming (if available to you). It also gives you power zones (if available to you). Look on the internet for DANIELS TABLES for running pace zones…that’s a bit more complex.

Don’t faff around just do the 30 minute tests.

Run or cycle or swim FLAT OUT for 30 minutes. That speed/pace/power for the entire duration is as good as doing it for an hour. That is your functional threshold power or speed/pace.

Simple. Stick it in the spreadsheet

HR is a bit different. ignore the first 5 or 10 minutes as it takes your heart a while to get up to speed. So the average HR for the last 25 minutes is your LTHR. Stick it in the spreadsheet.

Simple. Just do the test.

(20 minute estimates also exist but you must follow a slightly more complicated (stressful) protocol. OR get it done at a university lab for about £130).

<Here> is the spreadsheet: HR-Training-Zones-Run-Bike-Swim-Triathlon-LTHR-HRmax-CP20-v0.xls.

The spreadsheet also tells you what is happening in each zone when you train in that zone. IE what good it will do you. It’s a good and simple poorly looking info rich resource, please use it for what it is.

Suunto Ambit3 * RUN * Imminent Release ?


Source: climbcoop.com

Source: climbcoop.com

There have been rumours of the latest variation of the Ambit3, the ‘run’-only version, since the end of 2014. The photo shown is from climbcoop.com and there are actual photos around from 2014 if you care to search Mr Google.

You can look at climbcoop.com or Wikipedia or keskisenkello.fi  to see more info of some items listed as for sale but not available for whatever reason.

Anyway by my reckoning there will be an imminent MARCH 2015 release. Maybe as soon as this week, like now!!! I mean REALLY SOON. (No I don’t have one and I’m not under an NDA).

So just keep your eyes and ears open if you are a Suunto-phile. More stuff for you to love.

Features? Well that’s anybody’s guess. It would seem appropriate to compete with the Polar M400 but most likely it will be a cut down version of the functionality of the Ambit3 multisport watch. so you will get BTLE sensors only, you will get a recovery advisor, VO2max estimation and the ability to use on treadmills but none of the fancy Garmin-esque running dynamics which are not too useful anyway TBH.

I’m not overly excited by this per se. However I am quite excited by the pure unadulterated hope that Suunto will get a properly featured movescount update working at the same time on Android so I don’t have to wear a watch just to get a HR reading from swimming. From memory that was scheduled for about now as well.

Price: ? I reckon around £200.

from climbcoop.com.

Details

  • Suunto Ambit3 Run is the runner’s solution for advanced training.
  • Functions: 15h battery w/ 5 sec-GPS accuracy, speed, pace, distance & GPS altitude, route navigation & track back, running cadence from wrist, running performance indication (Firstbeat)*, interval workout planner*, interval workouts w/ voice guidance**, Movescount training programs on the watch, activity based recovery time, quick recovery & sleep quality tests (Firstbeat)*, extended feature set through Suunto Apps, Languages: EN, CS, DA, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, JA, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, ZH
  • Smart mobile connection with iPhone/iPad.
  • Measurements: 50x50x15.5 mm (1.97×1.97×0.61″) | Weight: 70g (2.47 oz) | Bezel Material: Steel | Lens material: Sapphire crystal | Case material: Polyamide | Strap material: Silicone
  • *with the Suunto Movescount App | **with Suunto Smart Sensor

Product Details

Suunto Ambit3 Run is optimized for your perfect running experience. Accurate pace, speed, cadence and distance combined with full route navigation offer you the freedom to explore. Use the Suunto Movescount App to plan your workout and get voice guidance during your run. With the App on your phone you can adjust the watch on the go, and enrich and share your experience. Note! The Ambit3 watches are Bluetooth Smart compatible, not compatible with ANT+(TM) (e.g. Suunto ANT PODs, Suunto Dual or Suunto ANT belt).

Latest Polar V650 cycling computer now available


Some very interesting news from Polar with their latest cycling watch. Looks like the quality Polar products are finally getting to the right place in the market. More info to follow.

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We’re finally proud to announce that the long-awaited Polar V650 cycling computer is now available!

This high-end cycling computer with a modern design will meet the needs of all devoted cyclists. With the help of the integrated GPS you can follow your ride on 2.8” color touch screen and track your speed, distance or even route. During your ride, you can easily switch between views by swiping the display.  To enhance safety and visibility of the cyclist, the LED light situated in the front of the device will automatically turn on during low-light conditions.

When used with the Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor you’ll get the benefits of Polar Smart coaching features. You know on which intensity you train on and what kind of an effect it had on your training.  And wait, there’s more! Polar V650 is compatible with Polar’s Bluetooth Smart cycling speed and cadence sensors.  Support for the Bluetooth Smart cycling power feature will be available mid April 2015. 

V650 pic

Polar V650 can be used together with the Polar Flow web service to plan and analyze your rides. The Flow app for mobile devices will be available on a later date. We promise to keep you posted on this, so stay tuned!

Feature highlights include:

  • Altitude data with a built-in barometric pressure sensor
  • inclinometer, temperature
  • real-time VAM and altitude compensated kcal
  • Polar Bluetooth Smart heart rate,  bike speed, cadence and power support (later 2015)
  • future-proof software that is easy to update or upgrade at home via the Internet to make sure it always contains the latest improvements
  • 12-hour battery life in training mode
  • charging and data transfer with standard micro USB cable
  • display view customization and creation of 4 bike profiles

The suggested retail price is €219,90 and €269,90 when the set includes a heart rate sensor.

Check availability from the official Polar web store of your region!

As an icing on the cake – We’re proud to announce that Polar V650 has been awarded with the iF Design Award 2015 . iF Design Award is one of world’s  reputable design awards representing excellent design and outstanding design achievements. This year the iF design awards ceremony will be at Münich on the 27th of February

ELLIS BRIGHAM TRAILBLASTER 12 ULTRAMARATHON – BURNLEY


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This looks like fun. You crazy people. It’s a loooooooong way. Good luck

—————– Press Info Below ——————————–

ELLIS BRIGHAM TRAILBLASTER 12 ULTRAMARATHON

Date: 21st June 2015

Time: 8am – 8pm

Venue: Towneley Park, Burnley, Lancashire BB1 13RQ

Set on the longest day of the year this 12 hour off-road relay race/ultra-marathon promises to be a day you won’t forget.   Whether you run solo, pairs or teams of four/five, it will test all the physical and mental attributes you, or your team, can muster.

How does it work?

  • One team member must be on the course at all times during the 12hrs.
  • Runners must complete one full 5k lap before changing over with a teammate, but may run as many laps as they wish during the 12 hours.
  • The winner is the team/person with the most laps completed when the clock stops.Solo Entry | £50Teams Entry of 4 or 5 members single sex or mixed | £185 *Photos and video package and Bespoke Team T-shirts can be added via entry process.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT
  • *Camping prices are additional and can be added at entry.
  • Part of the profits will go to Pendleside Hospice www.pendleside.org.uk
  • Pairs Entry | £80
  • Price
  • Free Race Buff.
  • Free drinks stations – including Serious Stamina Energy Drink from Serious Supplements, water, flat coke.
  • Free Energy bars on the aid tables.
  • Chip Timing for regular updates on the progress of teams and individuals.
  • Race commentary.
  • Amazing prizes from Ellis Brigham including several spot prizes.
  • Pre Race Expo – allowing you to get the latest advice and to buy any last minute essentials or new kit.
  • Showers and Toilets (on course and around the site)
  • On site catering. Pre order food available for Sunday night.
  • Mobile First aid courtesy of Outdoor Angels
  • Camping with 24:7 security (see additional charges).
  • Presentation and after party.
  • More details at Ellis Brigham

Garmin 920XT – firmware now supports Cycling Dynamics (beta)


IMG_3232Some updates fro the 920XT with a beta release for us to test.

As expected the Cycling Dynamics are included. Apparently footpod pace is still not there.

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=7627

Changes made from version 2.70 to 3.03:

  • Connect IQ watch faces that support gesture detection are now able to update every second when you raise your wrist.
  • Add support for Cycling Dynamics with Vector pedals.
  • Add support for Shimano Di2 shifters.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Factory / Reset / Restart / Reboot Garmin 920XT


Original Source garmincdn.com

Original Source garmincdn.com

In a Garmin 920XT emergency you might want to try to restart a deadish unit with the following:

a. Hold POWER BUTTON on for 15 seconds. The device should hopefully start to turn off.
b. Press and hold UP ARROW BUTTON and DOWN ARROW BUTTON
c. Press but don’t hold the POWER BUTTON for a second or so second – device should turn on
d. Wait for 1st beep then release UP ARROW BUTTON
e. Wait for 2nd beep then release DOWN ARROW BUTTON

and/or fiddle with combinations of the above

There is more info in the manual search for ‘factory’ in the manual

https://the5krunner.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/forerunner_920xt_om_en.pdf

Always do firmware updates with the USB cradle ;-)

Shapewear socks – something a little different

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Source: strammermax

Source: strammermax

I have been looking some more recently into performance socks and performance wear in general. Specifically revisiting 2XU and CompresSport. Whilst still good, those products don’t seem to have changed too much over the last few years.

By accident I stumbled across strammermax.com. They have a range of products from upper posture based tops to sock that you might wear on a flight to prevent DVT.

Their sock product looked interesting. Rather than a generic material for the entire piece of clothing they have different materials with different properties for, in this case as shown in the diagram at the start, differing functional needs. So the sock has ankle stability, calf support and a little something to stop the smelly feet from becoming too noxious !

Here is an excerpt from the manufacturer’s website:

Emana® is a revolutionary development from Solvay in the field of textiles. This technological breakthrough has rendered possible the creation of new bioactive apparel which enhances well-being through an unprecedented synergy between the fabric and the skin.

Emana®, Solvay’s polyamide 6.6-based smart yarn, has a far infrared technology that uses human body heat to benefit skin care. Thanks to bioactive minerals embedded in the yarn, Emana® absorbs body heat and emanates far infrared rays back to the skin, resulting in thermo-regulation properties and improved micro-circulation of the blood.

The result is a unique formula which improves skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and results in smoother, more youthful skin.

For athletes, Emana® improves sports performance and reduces muscle fatigue, reducing oxygen consumption and promoting speedier recovery

All of the Emana® benefits have been scientifically proven, and its intelligent properties will continue to deliver an undiminished effect even after repeated washes.

Emana® has been class-I certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, which testifies that no harmful substances are present in the product.

 

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