MUL­TISPORT WATCHES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

Triath­letes have come to love their toys – we’ve be­come ob­sessed with track­ing ev­ery­thing from our power out­put on our rides (and now, in some cases, on our runs) to our pace on our runs to keep­ing track of both our dis­tance and speed in the pool. And scar­ily enough, all that in­for­ma­tion can be gleaned from just look­ing down at our wrist.

Do you need all this info? It’s cer­tainly not a ne­ces­sity. It can help mon­i­tor your progress and train­ing, for sure. For some it pro­vides ex­cel­lent mo­ti­va­tion and helps to stay on track with your fit­ness and train­ing goals. These watches can also be valu­able tools for pac­ing ap­pro­pri­ately, too, which can be a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of rac­ing. It is worth­while to note, though, that the bet­ter the ath­lete, the less likely you are to see one of these watches on their wrist in a race. The next time you head to a masters swim, check out how many of the fastest swim­mers are even wear­ing a watch in the pool. (The an­swer will be none.) The best ath­letes are very aware of what they’re bod­ies are ca­pa­ble of, and fol­low that “feel” in their train­ing and rac­ing. Pos­si­bly the most com­pelling rea­son to use a mul­tisport GPS watch is that it can help you get the feed­back you need to de­velop that feel much faster.

The tech­nol­ogy keeps im­prov­ing all the time, too, so what was once a huge com­puter on your wrist has whit­tled down to a reg­u­lar-sized watch that pro­vides lots of data. All these watches will sync your work­outs to some sort of a train­ing log soft­ware (and, in the case of the Garmin 735 XT, even to Strava) so they all serve as a great way to keep track of all your work­outs. We have a look at some of the lat­est prod­ucts on the mar­ket.

Garmin 735 XT Po­lar M600

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