Polar PRO

Polar Pro – new functionality for the V800 replacement?

I was looking at Polar’s TEAM solutions and stumbled across some new (to me) heart rate monitors. In themselves they are probably not too relevant to most people who read this blog BUT the capabilities of the team solution’s HRM might suggest some of the functionality that Polar might introduce within the next 6 months…

*New* Wahoo KICKR Headwind – Opinion not a review

Just when you thought there was nothing left to be invented, Wahoo invented it. HEADWIND 2018   Here we have the Wahoo Kickr HEADWIND. In a nutshell it’s a smart fan that can blow up to 30mph. Using a speed sensor, it will blow at the speed you are riding to simulate airflow but could…

New BTF Logo

Hever – GB Middle Distance Triathlon Champs – Race Report

A hot day and a non-wetsuit swim don’t always combine well the PR/PB abbreviation. And that was what happened today for me at Hever Castle, Kent (UK)…#NoPB There were lots of races today at Hever: Iron Distance tri; marathon; aquabike; and lots more. I did the Half Iron distance which just also happened to be…

Lezyne MEGA C, MEGA XL – First Thoughts

Lezyne are steadily improving their market position for MTB cycling head units and, to a lesser extent, wrist watches. Why you Would Buy Lezyne They tend to be fully featured devices at a great price. Historically you could get a Lezyne with BLE and ANT+ power meter support for under $150. Lezyne make claims about…

H2Prohydrate H2Pro Hydrate salt

Race, Sweat, Cramp, Cry

From time-to-time I suffer from poor performances that invariably seem to be linked to lack of salts. Sometimes it manifests itself in cramp but I don’t always get to that point before I realise that I need a bit of salt. I’ve often resorted to adding random amounts of table salt (NaCl) to my daily…

Garmin Fenix 5X 5 5S Forerunner 935 Review

GALILEO – Is it Rubbish?

We have had some sporty gadget excitement over the last few weeks. First with GALILEO being included on the Fenix 5 Plus Series. Second with the original Fenix 5 Series AND the Forerunner 935 also being retrofitted with GALILEO. So What’s the big deal? Positional accuracy should really be described in terms of GNSS. We…

Scosche Rhythm24 HRV and HRV4Training.

I was reminded by a tweet from @Fellrnr to mention some very interesting work Marco Altini has been doing with the Scosche Rhythm 24. Source: hrv4training.com, published May 2018 Marco is the author of the app HRV4TRAINING which uses your smartphone camera to take HRV readings. Apparently that is a LOT more accurate than you…

Running Power Garmin 935

Firmware updates galore

There seem to be a nice little spate of firmware hitting the interweb thingy around about now. Suunto 9 – is now on v2.1.54 (from 2.1.42). Although there often seems to be quite a variation of versions that people have. v2.1.54 mysteriously delivers performance and stability improvements. Those updates are always better than the ones that…

endurance multisport research

UK triathlon – 160,000 athletes and STILL growing

At 160,000, the number of UK triathletes is now significantly greater than the population of many UK towns according to the Triathlon Industry Association (Source: sixth annual research study ) You can find more detailed info on this here (link to: endurancebsuiness.com) but here are a few highlights and an infographic. The male to female…

Training Effect 935

Garmin 935 GETS GALILEO

The 935 is getting GALILEO too Last week we saw that the Fenix 5 ORIGINAL range are getting GALILEO GNSS, first in beta before being rolled out probably in July. Garmin * Fenix 5 Original * GETS GALILEO NOW – beta for 5, 5S, 5X and Chronos   But as of NOW (Wednesday 27 June,…

Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter Review

New PowerPod Lite – Now Available

A new, cheaper PowerPod model is available – the PowerPod LITE model at$199 in the USA. PowerPods are often discounted in sale periods AND you get 10% off with the code the5krunner10 at PowerMeterCity, below. It will not have escaped your notice that you can now get a functional power meter for both cycling and…

RunPow STRYD RunScribe Comparison Review Features

STRYD CP vs 5k power

It’s that time of the year again. Race time. You’ve been having lots of ‘fun’ with STRYD over the winter and many of us are getting to the point where the taper for our A race is in sight. The Zone-based training we have been doing is relatively straightforward to grasp. But how does that…