I just put up the first draft of my review of the Garmin 920XT Triathlon Watch. Comments much appreciated, especially errors and omissions.
Click on the above link or go through the menus at the top under 2015.
The 920XT is now more generally available in the UK as the pre-Xmas orders are fulfilled. The promises (hopes) of a wonderful new model by myself and others started to wear a bit thin on some ears in the UK as the product was only on sale in very small volumes, unlike in the US. Well now I can write this as we are all good to shop.
Review of the Garmin 920XT to follow in the New Year (2015)
To order one: click the watch image (above) or for a better deal use your British Triathlon Federation discount at the Garmin shop – the 25% saving will cover the membership fee!!
OK we all know that if you have a 910XT you will, for sure, want the newer 920XT. But is it worth upgrading?
Summary: The Garmin 920XT is for sure the best triathlon watch ever.
But will it make you a better athlete if you ditch the 910XT?
We’ll see if “probably not” really is the answer to that one. So I’m starting off writing something to help you rationalise that upgrade that you are going to make anyway :-) Let’s consider that ‘must-have’ feature – that really is only nice-to-have but you, at least, sell the idea to your loved one who is going to buy it for your birthday/Xmas in any case.
If you have cash to burn and love gadgets you will, of course, have already bought one. You’re probably reading this to rationalise to your fellow tri-club member the reasons for your wise investment.
So I’ve started off a bit tongue-in-cheek, apologies if you don’t like that sort of thing, I will go through the key upgrade features as I see them. You can assume it does what the 910XT does and more. And, yes, I do have one and it’s great.
Must have or Good-to-have
Nice to have
So: Really for me it’s only worth getting the current pace working and being able to have a GPS-free component to the indoor parts of some of my brick settings. I will use the drill mode more in swimming. That’s NOT a lot for £300+. But the 920XT is very good, very nice and I am a happy bunny with it. Just a bit poorer!
Then again sell your 910 for £200 or thereabouts and you’ve paid £100 for an upgrade with a new 12 month warranty…that sounds MUCH better.
FWIW: I was offered a bigger discount from Garmin to buy the 920XT – I ended up buying it from the Garmin Shop myself with the British Triathlon discount – just like you can. I don’t run this site to make money.
The ETU Sprint and Long Distance duathlons are announced on http://www.powerman.nl/en/ as:
Powerman Holland: 11 and 12 April 2015
– ETU / Powerman EC LD candidate (elite + para + age-groups)
– ETU / Powerman EC Sprint candidate (elite / U23 + para + age-groups)
Also Welsh Triathlon confirmed their 2015 calendar earlier this week (Triathlon England and GB events announced a few weeks back) and that info is shown below. I will incorporate and further update all this info along with other champs/ETU/ITU events here at http://the5krunner.com/2014/09/10/2015-2016-itu-etu-nationals-sprint-triathlon-standard-duathlon-qualifiers-team-gb-age-group/:
Welsh National Tristar Championship Events:
I had a good year I guess with my tri. Not quite finished the season yet. Had a nice reliance on Zone3 Aspire wetsuits (and even a pair of Zone3 goggles!!).
The wetsuits were really great. Got some good PBs in.
I’ve worn mine at least once weekly and I only have one tiny and repaired rip. My quads rub together slightly and that has caused some wear. The frictiony-bobbly bit on the forearms is slowly coming off but I pull there when getting the suit on which I don’t think I’m supposed to.
Anyway, it’s easily got another season left in it. And the wear has been better than some other I won’t mention in years gone by.
With my impending Hever Gauntelt HIM then I just want to check out where my LTHR is right now as for longer races, eg IM and HIM distances, then you can’t stay over your LTHR. Well I can’t anyway.
So am doing a few tests, mostly for my bike as I can pace the run by ‘feel’, to make sure that my ‘limits’ are updated in line with my current fitness (or lack of it) as well as any kind of loading I may well do…notably caffeine. Just had to buy some ProPlus today just for that purpose in fact. Take 300-400mg 1 hour before the race and replenish 100 – 150 towards the end of the bike in a HIM.
Big Cow events did the 4th and last Geneva ETU qualifier over the weekend. Some interesting results as many of those who have already qualified turned up to spoil the day for potential qualifiers.
Except they didn’t !!
The 3 places on offer for each AG only go to people who have not yet got a Q1 Q2 Q3 or PQ. So 3 NEW people in each AG. If the person had a guaranteed (but not yet awarded) rolldown place eg 100.02% then my understanding is that they WILLL get a Q1/Q2/Q3 at BigCow.
There you go.
Matt Trautman (SA) and Amy Forshaw (GBR) produced the race of their lives today when they crossed the line in glorious sunshine as Champions for the very first time at the 4th annual IRONMAN Wales.
As the pros led the 1850 registered competitors for the 1km walk through the town onto Tenby’s North beach for their 2.4 mile swim, the streets were already jammed with crowds who had turned out in their thousands to cheer them on right from the 7am start through to the midnight finish.
Renowned for being one of the toughest bike and run courses on the IRONMAN Tour, the sun might have been shining, but the easterly wind and choppy conditions added a third discipline of toughness for all the hardy competitors, who were escorted by the RNLI.
The men’s pro race saw an exciting race unfold. Despite the tough water conditions Spain’s Peru Alfaro San Ildefonso led the way out of the water in an impressive 48:29, a full 1:20 ahead of local hero Olly Simon, and about 3:30 minutes ahead of three of the men’s favourites, Trautman, Daniel Niederreiter (AUS) and Fraser Cartmell.
Simon was quickly dropped from the picture (and eventually pulled out of the race), which left Trautman, Niederreiter and Cartmell in a group that chased San Ildefonso for much of the first 60 km – at that point the threesome were 14 seconds behind the Spaniard. The group became a foursome, with Trautman driving the train for the next 60 km before he finally pulled away on one of the many climbs along this challenging course. Only Cartmell could keep up with the South African, but it took everything he had to keep the gap to just 10 seconds off the bike. San Ildefonso (5:55) and Niederreiter (7:24) were far enough behind at the end of the bike that the race appeared to have become a two-man affair for the win.
For 28 km, it looked like the famed IronWar, the famous 1989 IRONMAN World Championship race between Mark Allen and Dave Scott 25 years ago and Cartmell and Trautman seemed determined to reenact that epic race here in Tenby.
Trautman, being so new to the sport, probably doesn’t realise that Mark Allen pulled away from Scott with about three miles to go – he ruined the re-make with a move at 25 km that Cartmell simply couldn’t answer. By 29 km the gap was over two minutes. By 35 km it was just under four.
Trautman never looked back and cruised to his first IRONMAN title in 9:07:28, setting a new bike course record along the way, with Cartmell a close second and San Ildefonso taking third place on the podium.
On his win Trautman commented, “That was an unbelievable event and such a tough course.
Fraser put up such a good fight and I had to work super hard. With this being my first year racing as a pro, it makes the win even more special. Tenby is an amazing venue – the crowd support here was unbelievable and despite being such a tough course the crowd make it all worthwhile.”
Cartmell has won every IRONMAN event in UK, except this one and was hardly disappointed with his runner-up finish. Celebrating with Trautman on the finish line, Fraser said, “This was really really good – it’s unbelievable how this town comes out. I can’t think of another race that equals it.”
With a small female Pro field competing here in Tenby it was left to the age group women to lead the way through the swim and most of the challenging bike course. Great Britain’s Andrea Mason (30-34) led out of the water in 59:44, with Germany’s Heike Funk (45-49) following in 1:01:19. By the end of the long climb up the “zig zag” and the 1 km run to T1, Forshaw, who was 10th out of the wter in 1:08:13 had moved herself up to fourth as she started the bike in pursuit of the leaders.
For much of the ride, Funk led the way, with Forshaw finally closing the gap over the last third of the ride to come off the bike just ahead. Once on the run the race quickly became a forgone conclusion. Forshaw gained almost a minute per km on Funk, who suddenly found herself trying to hang on to the 45 to 49 title. Julia Bohn (GER) ran her way to second place and third went to Amy Ogden (GBR), who took the 35 to 39 title, while another British athlete, Jill Cliff, ran a 3:52 marathon to move herself to fourth and beat Funk in the 45 to 49 category. Rounding out the top five was Switzerland’s Sandra Fontana, who won the women’s 25-29 category.
Amy Forshaw was delighted with her first win, commenting “That was the hardest swim I’ve ever done. I knew that I’d be chasing out of the swim, so I had to keep to my plan and focus on consistency and a solid performance. The crowds were amazing right from 6am – I admire all the athletes that competed in the swim today – it was really tough.”
Once the leading athletes had crossed the finishing line, the town came alive with spectator’s who packed the run streets to scream encouragement to all the athletes, all the way to the finish line – 50% of whom were competing in their first IRONMAN.!
Mayor of Tenby Sue Lane, who together with Cllr. Tom Richards, Chairman of Pembrokeshire Council, was on the finishing line throughout the event handing out medals commented on the success of the day, “Tenby is thrilled to be hosting IRONMAN Wales as we know how popular it is with all the locals, spectators and athletes. It offers a superb venue and we very much hope that IRONMAN will be here to stay for the future.”
Kevin Stewart, MD IRONMAN Britain & Ireland said, “Being known as one of the toughest IRONMAN events in the world doesn’t deter huge number of athletes from around the world wanting to come and race here. I know that the way Pembrokeshire and Tenby embrace this event plays a huge part in the athletes’ experience.”
September’s Super London Duathlon this weekend for many and then a much longer end-season-finale half ironman at Hever Castle (the Gauntlet) for me at the end of the month means I need some serious panic distance training.
Just knocked off an easy 90 minutes. Well it was a tad harder than I’d hoped in reality. Couple more of those in the coming week or two should hopefully sort me out prior to tapering. I’m dreading the thought of some longer tempo runs, longer than I normally do. OK a bit slower than I would normally do but more suffering for a bit longer. Definitely not 5k.
Look at this video. It’s only funny if you do triathlons OR know someone who does.
I’ve said about all of them at least once this year already. As the video says, I must be sh*t.
Source: Garmin Blog
Garmin announce Cycling Dynamics – revolutionary metrics on the dual-sensing Vector™ pedal-based power meter that provide feedback to cyclists on their position and pedal form. Cycling Dynamics’ initial advanced metrics include seated/standing position, Power Phase, and Platform Center Offset for a comprehensive picture of how cyclists ride their bikes. With Cycling Dynamics, cyclists, coaches, bike fitters, physical therapists and more can analyze individual data for precise prescriptive actions.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for improving cycling efficiency – bike fit, position effectiveness, and training techniques all need to be personalized,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Cycling Dynamics’ in-depth metrics for form and riding style are intended to help save time and frustration during the typical trial and error stage of assessing weaknesses and determining best solutions so cyclists can ride longer, faster and more comfortably.”
Cyclists typically have a unique preference for position on the bike during climbs and sprints. With Cycling Dynamics, Vector instantaneously detects and flags riding position (seated or standing) during a ride by comparing forces applied to the pedals. Current position, summaries of how often and how long riders have been in the position, and power data can be displayed in real time.
Post-ride, users can upload their data to Garmin Connect™ to view each position, associated cadence and speed, compare time spent seated vs. standing, learn how a position affects power output, and analyze climbs and sprints. This data can be useful when determining position effectiveness, and identifying any tendencies to move positions during particular moments of a ride.
Power Phase (PP)
The Cycling Dynamics Power Phase provides a valuable description of how a cyclist is currently producing power in a pedal stroke. Vector detects where the leg is generating positive torque in a pedal stroke, where the greatest concentration of positive torque is, at what angle these forces begin and end, and where the concentration of power is produced. The dual-sensing capabilities also allow cyclists to take their analysis one step further and see if there are differences between the left and right leg.
Platform Center Offset (PCO)
The Platform Center Offset measurement system allows Vector to identify how force is distributed across the pedal platform during the pedal stroke. Cyclists can view and evaluate where force is applied relative to the center of the pedal platform and what the PCO distribution is over a given period of time. Analysis of this data may assist in determining proper bike fit, and be helpful with rehabilitation and prevention of injury for cyclists.
Cycling Dynamics metrics will be available to dual-sensing Vector users via a software update in late 2014.