Matt Westenburg Talks Wearables

Fitness trackers and wearable technology help athletes improve their performance by providing real-time data. Regular people also benefit from the ability to monitor their fitness progress. There are many benefits to training for your next triathlon with a fitness device, but not every fitness tracker will benefit triathletes. Many are not durable enough to survive the hours of intense activity. You don’t want your fitness watch to wear out before you do. Triathletes need a way to monitor their movement through every leg of the race as they swim, bike and run to the finish line.

It’s important that your fitness device be able to monitor your race at each individual stage and as a whole. You’ll want to evaluate your performance during the swimming, biking and running individually and then see your total race finish time. Look for wearable devices that can keep track of your heart rate, your speed and how much distance you’ve covered.

Waterproof, not water resistant

It might seem obvious, but if you want your fitness tracker to monitor your triathlon, it has to be waterproof. Water resistant watches are not waterproof so they will be ruined from all the triathlon swimming. Other features important to track your swimming include stroke rate and overall speed and distance. Make sure your fitness tracker is able to get an accurate read on this information as you move through the water.

Additional attachments

Heart rate monitors and bike sensors won’t always come with your fitness watch. These two features are often sold separately, and many connect with your wearable device through an app. For some devices, the heart rate sensor is necessary to track your swims. Smart technology to help improve your cycling includes handlebars that feature GPS tracking and LED lights, GPS attachments for your bike, and devices that clip to your shoes.

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Garmin’s Forerunner 920 XT

Garmin’s Forerunner 920 XT is one of the best watch options for triathletes. It can track your swims whether you’re in a pool or the open water. This watch offers additional sensors that make it more compatible for the biking sections of a triathlon than other, similar models. The downside to this tracking device is its high price.

Polar V800

Polar V800 is another favorite of professional triathletes. This watch has built-in GPS and swimming metrics. It can also notify you with a buzz or a noise if you begin to speed up or slow down. Having that notification as a training guide can help you reach your triathlon goals.

Timex Ironman Triathlon watch

The Timex Ironman Triathlon watch was designed with Ironman triathletes in mind. This device uses GPS to track your speed, distance, altitude and overall performance. It connects to additional monitoring devices to track your bike rides and your heart rate.

Triathletes need a fitness tracking device that moves with them as they swim, bike and run to the finish line. Do your research and get the right equipment to take your triathlon performance to the next level.