RUNNING


NEW WATCHES, NEW WAYS TO TRAIN

OCTOBER 2011
NEW GARMIN FORERUNNER 910XT

see section below


AUGUST 2011 NEW TIMEX GPS RUN TRAINER
see below in news section
-GARMIN FORERUNNER 610 -introduction
SEE NEW GARMIN FORERUNNER 610 PAGE -full review
SEE FULL ROBERTAFRICA YOUTUBE REVIEW HERE (3 videos)
-NEW SUUNTO QUEST
-NEW POLAR RCX5
-NEW NIKE SPORTWATCH GPS



SEE TIMEX GLOBAL TRAINER AND GARMIN FORERUNNER 610 FULL REVIEWS ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL 'ROBERTAFRICA'

Above is the link for the video for my new running/ multisport watch, the Timex Global Trainer.
I am indebted to Ray Maker of sport tech blogging site DCRainmaker.com (see right) for his input and references.

   


The video is divided into sections-
1  Africa's poverty and sporting heritage;

2  Kenya's simple and basic lifestyle serving to emphasise her runners in terms of a suitable mentality and outlook, with external help and analysis;

3  How technology can attempt to make this ability more efficient, and especially for those non-African athletes seeking to progress in a Western-style system, using various sporting and even gaming gadgets;

4  The last and biggest video focusses specifically on the Timex device, along with comparisons for its use and effectiveness.

This video attempts to describe how Africa's focus on athletics (ie innate ability and outlook) rather than economics (developing a system that seeks to empower its people) will inevitably create and even enhance poverty, but at the same time providing the perfect training ground (literally) for individuals who improve themselves in isolated and traditional surroundings, devoid of distractions or Western-style responsibilities.


It is technology which will level the playing field in economics, but a singular lack of interest and/or ability to develop the same will inevitably lead to a concentration of resources into the wrong hands, a state of affairs which the West has successfully addressed.

Watches such as the TGT epitomise this approach, with the emphasis being on empowerment and analysis of data.


See the rest of RobertAfrica.com for more African information and issues
SEE AFRICAN RUNNING SECTION ON AFRICA PAGE -MENTALITY AND NATURAL ABILITY

AFRICA
BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT


(below, left) The Timex Global Trainer with heart rate belt, (right) Maria McCambridge after her victory at the 2009 Adidas 10-mile, sporting her Garmin Forerunner 305


 
For a superior text review of this device see DCRainmaker's (above) exhaustive coverage at
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2010/08/timex-ironman-gps-global-trainer-in.html.

Ray's report includes a large number of stills during various activities (mine pertain to personal use) and helpful references to eg cycling integration (my speciality is running). The PC screenshots are a useful insight as the Global Trainer heavily relies on PC/Macintosh connectivity to maximise its functionality. Ray also features numerous other watch and related device reviews.
 

Latest Running/Multisport Watches and News
NEW OCTOBER 4 2011
Garmin Forerunner 910XT revealed

See DCRainmaker's review
  • True multisport device
  • Integrated GPS
  • Swimming mode measures strokes and efficiency
  • ANT+ for additional pods -bike, footpod
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Vibration alerts
  • Training Effect
  • Advanced workouts creation with wireless ANT+ connection to Garmin Connect Web service for further analysis
  • Virtual Racer (like with Forerunner 610) enables competition with created or downloaded courses


Press releases-
http://www.hexus.net/content/
item.php?item=32016

http://www.triradar.com/2011/10/04/
garmin-forerunner-910xt-launched/

Garmin shop-
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=&pID=90671&ra=true

Prices-
US -$450/$400 with/without HRM
UK -£389/£359        "          "

Release scheduled for November 2011

AUGUST 4 2011
-Timex Global Trainer Firmware update

See Timex publicity release below (from Timex Sports on Facebook):

We have posted the latest improvement to the Global Trainer firmware (V3.14) and the latest Device Agents (for PC and Mac) that are required to work with firmware V3.14 at http://timextrainer.trainingpeaks.com/device-agent.aspx. Instructions for updating your Firmware are located here: http://home.trainingpeaks.com/upgrading-the-timex-global-trainer-firmware.aspx.

The notable changes and improvements to the Global Trainer are:

Performance Mode
The Lap/Split pop-up display has been increased in size and covers the entire screen: Lap and Split times appear for five seconds, and for the next five seconds, the displayed lap summary is based on what data was being viewed when the lap/split was recorded.   Additional data fields are available: For each lap, live data for Average Cadence, Average Pace, Average Heart Rate, Average Speed, and Average Power can be viewed.



Multisport Mode
The Lap/Split pop-up display has been increased in size and covers the entire screen: Lap and Split times appear for five seconds, and for the next five seconds, the displayed lap summary is based on what data was being viewed when the lap/split was recorded. Additional data fields are available: For each lap, live data for Average Cadence, Average Pace, Average Heart Rate, Average Speed, and Average Power can be viewed. For each segment (sport) of a Multisport event/workout, Average Cadence, Average Pace, Distance, Average Heart Rate, and Average Speed can be viewed.

Sensors
ANT+ Foot Pod is now a choice in the Configure Sensors menu to provide Pace, Distance, and Running Cadence data indoors or when GPS signals are compromised. To address this additional functionality, alert zones are now available for Run Cadence and Bike Cadence.
Firmware also supports calibration of the Foot Pod over a user-selected measure distance or through input of a calibration factor (percentage) GPS.

Acquisition
Upon start-up of the GPS receiver, a satellite status bar is displayed until any button is pressed.

Data Transfer to the Online Log
Improved watch data output will now provide more accurate results in the Timex Ironman online log powered by TrainingPeaks.
Latest 29th July 2011

New Suunto Quest -see section on this page...
New Timex GPS Run Trainer coming mid-October 2011...


New Garmin multisport watch for 'later this year'
 -see DCRainmaker headline story...

NEW AUGUST 11 2011
-TIMEX GPS RUN TRAINER
 

See Timex link with pictures/details
  • 15 workout storage
  • Customisable timers and display
  • Integration with TrainingPeaks.com for workout uploading and analysis
  • Recovery and nutrition timers
  • Waterproof to 50m
  • Footpod compatible
  • PC/Mac synchronisation with computer setting of watch functions
Pricing-
US$225, speed/distance
$275, as above with heart rate belt

Availability, mid-October 2011

 
 

MARCH 2011
-POLAR RCX5 Multisport Watch

(right) Polar (screen grab from Italian order page) shows the brand new RCX5 triathlon/running device. Thanks are due to http://www.courseapied.net/forum/msg/89724.htm.

A standout feature would be the external GPS -no integration, as is becoming the norm with high-end watches.
Also possible (updated correction -DEFINITE) inclusion of a dual-frequency heart rate belt -ie, gym-compatible and underwater.

Publicity for this device is due to start in April -shipping is due early May 2011.

Blog commentary here.
Polar announcement (Polar France) set for March 21st.
(update -they were late)

More basic information here (Polar blog).

Useful blog discussion on new Polar as well as Suunto, Timex and Garmin devices by serious athletes on Slowtwitch.



MARCH 22 2011

(right/far right/below right) Polar RCX5 display up close


SEE FACEBOOK.COM/POLARUSA

See DCRainmaker page (as above re Timex Global Trainer review) for announcement of future details release -by March 25?
(Update -never happened; Timex UK announced that no successors to the 2010 Timex Global Trainer would be shipped for Spring/Summer 2011)
MARCH 23 2011

Polar Finland Official Press Release

More useful feedback/commentary on Slowtwitch forum

Facebook.com/PolarUSA shows feature set for
the RCX5 for the first time, including-
  • ZoneOptimiser -adjusts heart rate zones based on physiological condition to maximise the training effect for each session
  • Swimming-compatible -measures HR even in the pool (update -RCX5 IS waterproof; see Polar forum)
  • New small G5 GPS pod -rechargeable via USB
  • Updates to polarpersonaltrainer.com include-
    Map view to show data at any point on a route;
    Graphical display of 'Training Load'
AVAILABILITY
Black model -May/July 2011
Red model -September 2011

Accessories (including S3+ footpod, G5 GPS pod)
available at watch launch
POLAR RCX5 ACCESSORIES AND OVERVIEW
MARCH 23 2011
(below left) fitting of the new more secure (and smaller) S3+ footpod for the RCX5
-thanks to http://twitter.com/ChrisPolarUSA

UPDATE APRIL 13 2011
(below middle) Chris at Polar (Twitter) shows new G5 GPS
(see Youtube video below for the unit in use); super-small, easily carried -but not waterproof;
(below right) size comparison; the RCX5 with large clear display is displayed next to other Polars on extreme right

YOUTUBE VIDEO

(right) Great Polar introductory overview -display, sensors, measurement, integration with Polarpersonaltrainer.com

MARCH 24 2011

(Rumoured) US pricing:
-$349.95 for 'basic' version, ie no pods
-delivery scheduled for May 2011

Datalink info -transfers data wirelessly via USB to PC/Macintosh, NOT compatible with previous Polar models
MARCH 28 2011

Slowtwitch (sports forum) post shows WVarta (Polar rep and tester) using, and liking, the G5 sensor -testing, accuracy, sensitivity.

G5 sensor/pod is NOT WATERPROOF -(update -IS water-resistant)

See Wayne's posts (on the Polar RCX5 and other subjects) on Slowtwitch here

(far right) Chris@Polar (see Twitter page) posts new picture from a private function, 28th March

APRIL 9 2011

Wayne's previous Slowtwitch posts -see April 5-8
-computer syncing, field tests eg auto laps, S3+/G5 sensors

Wayne due at Toughman Triathlon Westchester, New York April 10 to show off the RCX5 for the first time to the public... http://www.toughmantri.com/news/

Launch not likely to be May 1 (from Slowtwitch)

APRIL 26 2011

Altimeter (hardware) confirmed as not being included;
pre-selling to retailers scheduled (UK) for May 4
MAY 2 2011

FIRST LOOK
-DCRainmaker gets to test the RCX5;
full review in a week
(right-far right) The slim body and large clear display of the new Polar, with small external G5 GPS

(below) The slim depth of the RCX5 distinguishes itself


 
  • Latest -RCX5 WILL NOT WORK with latest (Look) pedals/W.I.N.D. power sensor.
  • G5 GPS pod shows Running Index (previously only available with foot pod)

MAY 6 2011

NEW Jan Musil's RunToTri blog -RCX5 pictures; links and commentary

NEW (right)
RUNNINGWILLI.COM VIDEO (in German)
SEE HERE FOR PHOTOS AND RCX5/OTHER LINKS

Coverage is German -simply use Google Translate. Thanks very much Willi.

MAY 9 2011
Latest DCRainmaker post -RCX5 photos on bike/swimming, display and heart belt use
MAY 23 2011
(1) DCRainmaker (see link above) late with review due to software uploading glitch with the RCX5 -should be sorted out by next week
(2) Official RCX5 promo finally ready -see http://www.polarusa.com/us-en/rcx5/
 

Nike Sportwatch GPS
MARCH 28 2011

NEW SEE DCRAINMAKER'S IN-DEPTH REVIEW -April 27 2011

(right) Announcment at CES, Las Vegas, January 2011
-'tap' screen, integration with Nike+ shoes with shoe pod, direct linking via USB (PC/ Macintosh) to NikePlus.com

(far right) Review/hands on -T3.co.uk (including video)

More basic details and order page (UK) for Sportwatch
-without HR, £179, -with HR, £229 (from Simplyrun.co.uk)


   
MARCH 31 2011

'The Wait Is Over'
- Nike Sportwatch finally available for online ordering
-price (UK only) 199 Euros
-built-in GPS, just 3 buttons and tap screen for operation
-tracks pace, heart rate, altitude, calories
-uses Nike foot pod sensor (for when GPS data are not available, eg indoors), and works with Polar Wearlink heart rate belt
-synchronises directly with NikePlus.com, shows mapping data and offers downloadable training programmes and goals
-displays messages and motivational information


APRIL 1 2011
-First UK pricing -£179.99 (GBP) -Sweatshop.co.uk
(Wearlink heart rate belt, £59.50)
(see features summary including video)

-First review (User's post, Nike forum) -overview, functionality

Another review (Wired.com)
-easy to use, fast GPS synching, fun goal-setting and personal records capability with easy linking to NikePlus.com

Youtube overview -slick (corporate) summary of features again emphasising ease of use, display and GUI

APRIL 1-3 2011
SEE SHANNON FELGNER'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR USE OF
AND COMMENTARY ON THE NIKE SPORTWATCH

(opposite top, left-right) Personal user and purchaser Shannon tests out her new Nike for the very first time in the Michigan, USA woods -size, ease of use;
Shannon's first run -setting up and synching the pod, GPS fix, pressing Start and away she goes

(bottom) Shannon's reaction to her first test run -(again) ease of use with crystal clear display, easy to view and configure menus, concise summary and recording of runs with GPS data, including heart rate, pace, distance and comparison with previous runs

APRIL 6 2011
NEW Online manual for the Nike Sportwatch GPS -PDF on this site

Press release, Nike UK (Word document on this site)

NEW Nike forum post (as April 1st) updated to show comparisons with Garmin Forerunner 310XT -also GPS issues, data display, mapping

APRIL 7 2011
NEW -Unboxing/first impressions from DCRainmaker.com
-usability, GPS accuracy




 







 

The New Garmin Forerunner
APRIL 5 2011
(right) Feedback from Garmin UK's Simon Gilbert re rumoured Forerunner 310XT successor -nothing yet, despite the stated rumour from DCRainmaker.com


APRIL 7 2011

Stay tuned for announcement.....


APRIL 12 2011
 'The Wait Is Over' for Garmin fans

  NEW GARMIN FORERUNNER 610
JULY 2011 -SEE NEW GARMIN FORERUNNER PAGE -full review
JULY 2011 -SEE FULL ROBERTAFRICA YOUTUBE REVIEW HERE (3 videos)
   
MAY 2011 -Garmin 610 manual link (Quick Start and full) here

SEE GARMIN 610 PRESS RELEASE
-'a necessary partner for all serious runners'
(thanks to Simon Gilbert, Andy Silver of Garmin UK)

SEE GARMIN SITE for overview, pictures/video, main features

PRICING
Limited numbers at London Marathon 2011 Expo (13-16 April) sold for £359GBP -pre-orders taken
Official price £329.99 on Garmin site
US pricing -$399 with heart rate monitor
Official release date May 6 2011 (from DCRainmaker -see below)

A hardcore watch for running enthusiasts.
Ultra-sophisticated, easy to use, leading-edge technology to enhance performance.

1 Integrated GPS with fast syncing
2 Touch screen -works even with gloves
3 Large high-resolution display
4 Splash-proof -NOT waterproof
5 Vibration alarm -also works with alerts etc.
6 Fitness Training Effect -new measure of training intensity
7 'Virtual Racer' -set goals with previous runs, online or with others on Connect.Garmin.com
8 ANT+ compatible accessories, eg footpod for indoor workouts






 
(right, above) Sample display showing run info -distance, time, pace

(right, below) Graphical User Interface of the brand-new Forerunner 610 showing the large LCD and simple interface, a cornerstone also of the Nike Sportwatch GPS's operation


DCRainmaker's in depth review

-interface -with videos
-functionality -alerts, timers, Virtual Racer, mapping
-create basic workouts on the watch, then upload to a PC/Macintosh computer for later viewing
-customisable backlight
-ANT+ functionality
-use with (optional) footpod for indoor workouts

(right) overview of the simple, clear and intuitive GUI of the 610. See videos for DCRainmaker's review, above, to investigate further

(below) the brand new 'Virtual Racer' in operation

 
 
AUTUMN 2011
-New Suunto T-Series Watch Rumoured
June 2011: 'more info scheduled for July'; launch 'towards the end of the year'

JULY 14 2011
Suunto Quest, with major new running features and integration with running community Movescount.com-
  • Lap times via tap-screen display
  • Interval timers
  • Calculates running cadence
  • Customisable display
  • Recovery data
  • Post-workout analysis including intensity, speed and heart rate through Movescount.com
SEE PRESS RELEASE

August 10 2011
Suunto range displayed at Outdoor Retailer trade show, including Quest -running features detailed

August 16 2011
Gearcaster.com -price for running pack (with footpod) US$329

September 2011

NEW -see the Quest playlist on YouTube;
setting, training, footpod
See Suunto Quest manual (PDF)