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A triathlon training watch has the po­ten­tial to push your per­for­mance to an­other level. But what should you be look­ing for when pick­ing yours?


A built-in GPS (Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem), in­stead of an ac­celerom­e­ter that mea­sures move­ment, will give more ac­cu­rate real-time track­ing in­for­ma­tion, with many telling you the di­rec­tion and dis­tance back to your start­ing des­ti­na­tion.


A HRM (heart-rate mon­i­tor) will al­low you to train and race at your own best pace. The tra­di­tional chest strap is more ac­cu­rate than the newer wrist-based op­ti­cal heart rate (OHR), but many ath­letes pre­fer the com­fort of a wrist-mounted de­vice.


This’ll al­low a wire­less method of send­ing data from one de­vice to an­other, like from your mul­ti­sport watch to your com­puter for data anal­y­sis. Many man­u­fac­tur­ers will have their own soft­ware (e.g. Garmin Con­nect) and you can utilise third-party apps for live track­ing.


Once you tip over £100, most re­quire USB charg­ing via a charger be­spoke to that man­u­fac­turer. If you’re training for Ironman, check the bat­tery life of the watch. These can range from 5-25hrs de­pend­ing on how many fea­tures you’re us­ing.

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