50K World Record – Powered by Coros
I think there will be a few ultra world record attempts this year with probably all of them sponsored by various GPS watch companies.
Yesterday, Des Linden nailed the 50K world record whilst sporting a Coros Apex Pro 42mm. 2:59:54 Ouch! Nice job. Perhaps the uber-light Coros Pace 2 may have saved her a further fraction of a second? I guess we’ll never know.
There are some interesting stats she gathered from the record performance shown below. Not least that the course wasn’t even flat!
I’m guessing she used the onboard running pace rather than Stryd and the stats for that show a very even effort with a very slight uptick on the hills, and the cadence is also impressively flat at 194. Stride length does show some shortening towards the end but, hey, none of us could have done better!
The Wahoo Rival has had some firmware sweetness in recent weeks. The latest of which included some GPS accuracy improvements.
At launch, it was obvious that it wasn’t worth wasting my time to test the GPS accuracy…so I didn’t. They take a considerable amount of time to complete and I’m sure that Wahoo wouldn’t want bad results permanently stored in a review, plus I wouldn’t want to devote that time knowing that improvement was around the corner.
Anyway, GPS performance DOES now look better but still with some room for improvement. So I guess I shall have to look at it a bit more closely.
My provisional findings so far are that GPS instant pace is wrong (same for every GPS watch) but lap average paces and 1km lap times were not too shabby at all. The post-workout GPS tracks look mostly good but with some strange sections where the algorithm hasn’t been too clever at smoothing corners and tracks near buildings.
I’m still waiting for the RIVAL to support a calibrated footpod for pace/distance but have heard no news on that.
Looks like there will be some new features in the May/next Rival firmware release. I’m not expecting those to be the training plan and structured workout support but I could be wrong (they WILL come)