Garmin Edge 1030 & Firstbeat – Some Clarity

Many of Firstbeat’s leading-edge metrics have found their way into the Edge 1030 announced today, 29 August. We have known about them all before but here is a handy guide as to what is new for the Edge products, what the metrics actually mean (via a link) and which need a powermeter to work. First…

Garmin Fenix 5 : What is Firstbeat Training Effect 2.0 and Training Status – impact on XERT or GoMore?

Garmin’s Fenix 5 advertises the use of Training Effect 2.0 and will also be including a new Training Status. This was developed by FIRSTBEAT and announced as long ago as December 2015. As we know FIRSTBEAT are a leading HR-analytics company who partner with Suunto, Huawei, Jabra, Samsung, Sony and others. Indeed many of you…

Firstbeat Athlete – A Sad Goodbye

I’ve used Firstbeat’s ATHLETE product for quite a while. It was officially unsupported nearly a year ago. The COACH function of it was great for giving a suggestion for the desired training effect from today’s exercise based on recent performances. It still worked perfectly well enough, even though it was unsupported. However with recent changes to…

Garmin 920XT 735XT Optical ELEVATE

Garmin Forerunner 930XT / 935XT For 2016 – (Written Pre-735XT, pre Fenix 5)

      This post has now been significantly updated, revised and improved. The new location is here at this URL: https://the5krunner.com/2017/01/05/garmin-930xt-935xt-2017-technical-specifications-predictions-updated-for-2017/ Or feel free to read the old version, below. Bottom line is – there WILL be a 920XT replacement in 2017, probably called 930XT.         The sports GPS watch world *IS*…

Suunto Ambit3 * RUN * Imminent Release ?

There have been rumours of the latest variation of the Ambit3, the ‘run’-only version, since the end of 2014. The photo shown is from climbcoop.com and there are actual photos around from 2014 if you care to search Mr Google. You can look at climbcoop.com or Wikipedia or keskisenkello.fi  to see more info of some…

Firstbeat Athlete – Software mini-review

This product is now discontinued. It still works though. See comments at the end. This is an overview of some of the more interesting functionality you can find in FIRSTBEAT ATHLETE software. Polar and Suunto users can get some additional insights into their training over an above their watch-vendor’s standard software offerings. Garmin users too will…

Should I train today? How to decide? using Firstbeat + Sporttracks + BIOFORCEHRV Garmin 920XT

This morning, when faced with the decision of “Should I train? or not” I have several bits of kit that tell me different things. Being a grown-up I don’t listen to them slavishly but I DO take into account the information I am being presented with. Here are some thoughts: 1. After yesterday’s session my…