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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!

Wahoo News

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.

buy Wahoo Elemnt RIVAL review specifications

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)



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12 thoughts on “50K World Record Stats – Powered by Coros | plus Wahoo news

    1. there is a press release tomorrow 😉 but not a new product.
      I suspect that these kinds of announcements actually chime well with the mass ranks of watch buyers more than they might with you and I.
      I don’t normally write about these things even tho I know I should. Like Beth Potter’s 5k road race record a week or so ago. she wasn’t wearing a watch tho. #sponsorship

      1. COROS partners with Shane Benzie & Running Reborn
        Exeter, United Kingdom, April 15, 2020 – COROS Wearables Inc., makers of innovative performance
        GPS watches have today announced a partnership with performance coach Shane Benzie, and Running
        The partnership aims to develop further research into the scientific field of Vertical Oscillation, as well as
        to educate on the benefits of training with COROS Running Dynamics by pairing this data with
        professional movement techniques to ensure that training and recovery are optimised.
        Shane’s scientific research, as well as product feedback, will help contribute to continual algorithmic
        improvements as well as to new features in upcoming COROS products. The partnership will also include
        welcoming Shane as an approved coach for COROS Wearables, content provision, as well as the sharing
        of training and performance insights to improve COROS products and services.
        Global Partnerships Manager for COROS Wearables, Ben Clark said, “I am pleased to be starting this
        journey with Shane and the Running Reborn team. Their expertise in this field will help to further convey
        the benefits that training with Running Dynamics provides, as well as create new research.
        Whilst almost anybody can track their run with pace/distance/time, it is the addition of Running Dynamic
        metrics (stride ratio/length/height, form power, cadence, ground time, left/right balance, running power)
        that can mean faster laps and less energy exhausted. This data can enable athletes to be their best.
        Together with the natural synergy that both brands possess, I believe we have a winning formula which
        will enable current and new COROS users to reach peak performance capabilities”.
        Shane Benzie added: “I’m very excited to be teaming up with COROS and starting our journey together to
        change the way that runners think about Running Dynamics and how they utilise this information to be the
        best they can be. Thanks to COROS we are all privileged to be able to record our running data, our
        movement is like our fingerprint in that it’s unique to us so we must use our running intelligence to
        maximise our individual goals while taking into account the environments we are running in.”

      2. Thanks for that. But, basically, that’s; “Hey guys Firstbeat is expensive, and Garmin owns it now (the parts that matter at least) so, we’re finally doing what we said we would–a year ago and introduce new metrics.”

        That about right?

      3. coros used a 3rd party company for some physiological metrics, not firstbeat. i don’t know if they still use them.
        I’m guessing that many of the formulae are already in the public domain on github eg Golden Cheetah uses masses of highly complex stuff and,AFAIK , it’s all public.

        I would assume that the tricky part is a) gathering accurate raw data and then b) processing the signal to come up with X. once you have X, sticking it into a publically known formulae is easy.

  1. That pace of hers.. Good God. She wouldn’t even have time to see me wave as she ran right by my slow arse.

  2. Maybe she used the coros pod? Not sure if there will be stride length without that…

  3. Regarding the Wahoo Rival, the training peaks update is the next update from what I’ve been told, as well as the sleep monitoring update.

    It can still come this month, but it’s uncertain.

    On other news, I don’t seen some new functions I already have on the firmware update logs.

    I already have touchless rest intervals on swimming activities, for example, which is new for me.

    I can’t see anything regarding Android notifications, however, and (at least) phone calls would be nice.

    1. i didn’t know tp was next, thought it was something else.
      yes things like the touchless rest can sneak through
      plus the FW update logs can see the description change for any individual release

    2. i didn’t know tp was next, thought it was something else more minor. perhaps both will come at same time now
      yes things like the touchless rest can sneak through
      plus the FW update logs can see the description change for any individual release

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