An Oscar for the first triathlon film?
I suspect it might just miss out. I’ve already ordered the box set of the follow-on TV series. Great turbo-fest watching material.
I definitely enjoyed last year’s London Triathlon down in sunny docklands. The only regret was probably doing the shorter distance and not getting in the more iconic views around the Houses of Parliament that you get with the Oly’s bike leg. (Course subject to confirmation, 2014 shown below)
The Dodgy legs of 2015 meant the Sprint was the one for me but this year is looking good so far (good=slow but moving). So maybe an unaccustomed move up to the Oly? We’ll see.
Either way you always get to enjoy the annual ‘Race The Red Pig Event’. The pig usually loses.
But seriously the views are pretty good and the race organisation is fantastic. For Londoners/South Easterners you also save money by not having to drive somewhere and stay in a hotel which reduces the effective cost.
We covered this a few months back. Now there is some more meat on the bone with these linked images from Tizen Café.
This is another no-news really story so don’t get excited, the snappily named SM-R150 is likely to be a mid-market band or low-end triathlon device. One of the images I haven’t shown seems to imply that the watch face and band can be removed and what’s left can then be worn as an over-sized button. Handy if you lose a button.
The goldy-cream bit is not so nice but that can be easily changed. the meat of the device is the screen and then the capabilities behind it. The screen certainly looks to be of a great quality/resolution a-la-Apple Watch.
Might this be my next Samsung purchase?
Even fairly serious Age Group athletes, who do quite well, don’t train like pro’s. Nowhere near like them in fact. Sure there are elements in common about how they train but simple time constraints and perhaps other resource constraints are significant limiting factors.
I would contend that quite a bit of what we read is not designed for Jo Smith who trains 7-8 hours a week.
So what YOU need to be most effective is not the same as what a pro needs. Not the same in entirety that is.
Look at this table
This should give you some indication of the best way to spend your time.
If you’ve read blogs and books a bit you will probably have cottoned on pretty quickly that threshold sessions are very productive. (Longish intervals around your LTHR, say 2×20 minutes)
And you possibly have heard that training near your VO2max, although not really used in your triathlon race, will boost your ability to hold race efforts for longer.
You probably don’t do weights as “that would cut down on your training time” and surely can’t be an efficient use of that time? (wrong)
You probably don’t warm up and don’t do drills even though you could increase your efficiency by, maybe, 5% for virtually no physiological cost (ie you can do drills AND train). Of course it’s wrong to avoid drills/technique too.
So look closely at that chart again and then research how it affects your chosen race distance.
If you want to devote 3 hours a week out of your total 7 hours sprint triathlon training with a long bike ride on Sunday morning then that’s really up to you. You’ll finish.
Here are some of the best, cheap gadgets or things that I’ve bought to support my triathlon efforts. Usually this sort of list is of lots of expensive gadgets or must-have technologies. This list is some cheap stuff that is actually vaguely useful (to me anyway). Ideal if your partner is into triathlon and you are a bit tight :-)
I research my stuff quite a bit so most of my purchases have been what I expected. What has let me down most is my compressed gas tyre inflater thing…used it twice; failed each time. Still it’s in my bike bag for my next puncture…3rd time lucky?
Entries open at midday today for IRONMAN® Weymouth and IRONMAN® 70.3® Weymouth, which will both take place on Sunday 11 September 2016.
With demand for racing in the UK at a record high, athletes are encouraged to enter early to secure their place in these two newest and exciting additions to the IRONMAN events calendar.
With the choice of either an IRONMAN or 70.3 on offer, the 2.4 or 1.2 mile swim will take place in Weymouth Bay, against the stunning backdrop of the Jurassic Coastline. The 112 or 56 mile bike course will offer speed, hills and the charm of the Dorset Countryside. The 26.2 marathon or 13.1 half marathon multi-lap run will take athletes around the town, harbour and the historic Weymouth seafront, which was host sailing venue for the 2012 Olympic Games.
This the first time in Europe that both an IRONMAN and an IRONMAN 70.3 race are held on the same day and promises for some exciting racing, showcasing some of the best Dorset has to offer in this stunning West Country County.
There will be 30 qualifying slots to both the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. However there will only be a race for Professional athletes at IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth, competing for a total prize purse of $15,000 USD, with the race also offering P-500 KPR points.
For those athletes looking for a warm up race or alternative racing options, there are now 6 UK races open for entry including IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, IRONMAN 70.3 UK, IRONMAN UK and IRONMAN Wales. Furthermore, IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin will confirm its event and opening date shortly.
Well I’ve already got a 920XT. It’s complicated; it’s a love hate thing.
But what if I had all my gear stolen tomorrow? I was wondering what triathlon watch I would buy for Xmas 2015. I’d be interested to hear your choices.
Option 1: Multi-watch
My first option now would probably be to go for multi-watch solution. One for running and one for cycling. I’d want the cycling watch to be able to handle power data display and straightforward map-based navigation.
If money was no object I would get the following:
If the insurance company didn’t pay out and I was ON A BUDGET, here’s what I ‘d go for
Option 2: Single-watch
It’s a toss up now between the 920Xt and the V800. Maybe the Suunto, not the TomTom. I’d probably go for the prettier and more wearable black Polar V800 although, when working, the 920XT’s feature list is more extensive. Having said that, the very expensive HRM-TRI bundle with the grey 920XT would be tempting if I had £500/>$500 to blow after a lottery win.
On a budget the Garmin 310XT is sometimes about £110/$130 (Black Friday soon!!)and hard to beat.
This will be updated in October with Scottish information.
Readers please pay specific attention to the introduction of draft legal events which will probably mean no tri-bars.
2016 British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events Calendar
Great Britain Age-Group Team ITU/ETU Championship Qualifiers
2016 ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship Qualifiers (Cozumel, Mexico 11th September 2016)
2016 ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championship Qualifiers (Cozumel, Mexico 11th September 2016)
2017 ITU Standard/Sprint Triathlon – likely Rotterdam, Netherlands
2018 ITU Standard/Sprint Triathlon – likely Gold Coast, Australia
2016 ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon World Championship Qualifiers Aviles (Northern Spain, 4-5 June 2016)
2016 ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championship Qualifiers Aviles (Northern Spain, 4-5 June 2016)
2016 ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championship Qualifiers (Lisbon 26 May 2016)
2016 ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championship Qualifiers (Kalkar, Germany17 April 2016)
2016 ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championship Qualifiers (Kalkar, Germany17 April 2016)
2017 ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championship Qualifiers
2016 ETU Standard Distance Triathlon European Championship Qualifiers (Lisbon 26 May 2016)
2017 ETU Standard Distance Triathlon European Championship Qualifiers
2017 ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championship Qualifiers
2017 ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championship Qualifiers
2016 ITU Long Distance Triathlon – Oklahoma, USA (September, 2016)
British Triathlon Age-Group Championships
Triathlon England-National Championships
Triathlon Scotland-National Championships
Triathlon Wales-National Championships
Here is a first attempt at a chart for top SPORTS and ACTIVITY tracking apps. It’s based on the number of reviews on Google Play Store (Android). Notes about this are covered at the end, at least you have a handy link which may prove more useful than the accuracy of the ‘stats’ !
|Android App Name||Est.||Reviews||Rating||Aug-15|
|Runtastic running & fitness||10,000,000||423,221||4.5||Link|
|Runkeeper GPS Track Run Walk||10,000,000||307,507||4||Link|
|My Tracks (Google)||10,000,000||193,028||4.2||Link|
|Strava Running & Cycling GPS||1,000,000||129,777||4.6||Link|
|Runtastic Running Pro||1,000,000||121,762||4.6||Link|
|Mapmyfitness – Run||5,000,000||95,250||4.5||Link|
|Runtastic Road Bike||1,000,000||67,011||4.5||Link|
|Mapmyfitness – Walk||1,000,000||57,329||4.4||Link|
|Mapmyfitness – Ride||1,000,000||55,576||4.4||Link|
|Runtastic Mountain Bike||1,000,000||40,492||4.5||Link|
|Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro||50,000||12,144||4.6||Link|
|Runtastic Road Bike Pro||50,000||11,518||4.6||Link|
|Ride with GPS||100,000||1,927||4.1||Link|
|Samsung Activity Tracker||100,000||1,587||3.3||Link|
|Under Armour Record||50,000||1,563||4.1||Link|
OK the stats are flawed for numerous reasons including the following. Any suggestions on how to relatively easily get more accurate stats would be appreciated, especially for iOS/iTunes:
Either way it looks like we all like Strava and Runtastic.
Original material from me BUT inspiration from a similar idea by zitasport.com
This is a feature-rich, triathlon sports watch and activity tracker that will cover 98% of the features you want (but perhaps don’t need) for training and racing.
Positives: if it’s functions and features you’re after; the 920XT is more likely to have them than the competition. It is very feature-rich and is used by many Age Group-level triathletes. The Garmin ‘data ecosystem’ is open, allowing you to get its data elsewhere on the whole. A wide range of ANT+ sensors exist.
Negatives: aesthetics are questionable; GPS/current pace are suspect at times – although improved in late-2015 with footpod support; numerous reports of ‘losing’ connections with sensors – which is a fundamental issue – plagued earlier iterations. Some may argue that more features means more stuff to go wrong and, to a degree, that has been the case.
Comments: It still requires work on the swim functionality as well as some of the more holistic aspects of training such as ‘recovery metrics’. There were notable firmware updates in 2015; and in 2016 a further-upgraded version is possible to introduce optical HR as well as new functions from the Forerunner 630.
Alternatives: This link covers some alternatives but the equivalent watches are shown in the image above AMBIT3 and Polar V800.
Detailed Review: If you have 10 minutes to spare and want to know more then this link covers my detailed review of the Garmin 920XT.