Triathlon Tuesday 6th Edition

 

How Running Power Meters Work –From the trainingpeaks.com blog explains one of the new developments in running – the power meter.  We are all familiar with the cycling power meter here is a great primer on the running version. 

Speedfil between the arms hydration system – I have been using the Speedfil Z4+ which has the cage, water bottle and hydration lid all included.  This system gives you the ability to use any standard specialized-type water bottles.  With the included velcro strap the bottle is help tight and the internal washer keeps the lid leak proof.

Garmin Quick Release for 920xt- I mentioned this in a previous Triathlon Tuesday post.  This attaches your Garmin 920XT to the Speedfil Z4+.  You remove your band from the watch and install the quick release bracket to your bands.  After that, the watch / computer head snaps on this attachment for your wrist and then on to the Speedily Z4.  Great way to get your computer on your bike.  The attachment is secure and there is a positive snap when it is properly secured. 

Run with Power by Jim Vance – I’m enjoying this book.  I need to improve the weakest part of my triathlon which is the run.  I like Jim’s view on metrics, especially power in Triathlon 2.0. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s post on why I think older triathlete’s contribute to the sport.  In case you missed it I make the case for why midlife triathletes contribute positively to the sport, check it out. 

6 Additional Features Available With the Garmin 920XT

 
 

I train with the Garmin 920XT.  Along with the top-level features, options and benefits I thought I would highlight some of what I consider the second tier features and benefits. Here are six features you may not know about.

 1.    Track Steps – I wear my watch all day and track my steps.  It also sets a goal for you each day based on the number of steps you historically walk.  Your goal is updated daily. Kayak paddle strokes are even counted as steps if you paddle for exercise.

 2.   Metronome – Using a metronome can help increase your run cadence.  No need to get a separate app for this, this feature is built right in.

3.   Auto Pause – This feature automatically stops the watch when you stop or your speed drops below a certain level.  Now you don’t have to be that guy…. jogging in place at the stoplight.

4.   Sleep Tracking – Enable the sleep track mode and if you wear your watch to bed your key sleep metrics will be tracked.

5.   Action Camera controlled – You can control your Garmin VIRB camera from the watch.  Pair the device with your watch and you can control the camera through the watch timer or manual functions.

 6.   Phone Notifications – Pair the watch with your compatible Bluetooth phone and get notified when messages are received on your phone.  You can set when notifications are on and off.

I actually found these features by reading the manual.  I recommend downloading the PDF version of the manual from Garmin.  With this document the Table of Contents and Index are hyperlinked to the specific section.  I hope this helps you get the most out of your Garmin 920XT.