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.