Watches For Triathletes
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that in certain situations a traditional analog watch just isn’t the most practical – for example, during a triathlon. During a triathlon you need to be able to tell the time at a glance, without room for error. Once upon a time, athletes needed multiple devices to keep track of things like heart rate, distance and more; nowadays all can be found in one convenient place: your watch.
There are watches that are specifically designed for athletes that participate in triathlons, marathons and other endurance sports. These watches often feature a standard digital watch and have a timer as well as potentially a pedometer and a heart rate monitor. The addition of these nifty tools have made it easier for athletes to keep up with their performance and progress all in one place.
Now, like any other watch or device, the more you can afford to spend the better and more features will be offered to you. Depending on your budget, how often you will use your triathlon watch, and what features you personally find necessary it can be difficult to narrow it down. So to help you out we’ve chosen four different triathlon watches for you to take a look at.
Best Triathlon Watches:
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
While this is definitely the most expensive model on the list it is also the one that offers the most in the way of features. This awesome little watch can do so much, it’s hard to even call it a simple watch anymore. For anyone who is used to a watch that only has a few simple extras like a timer or stopwatch these features are off-the-charts when it comes to how many different things it can do.
This watch offers a GPS feature that tracks your movement – which will accurately tell you the distance you’ve traveled on your run, bike ride or swim – it can even determine what sort of stroke you use when swimming and how many strokes you took! There are also meters that allow it to aid you in perfecting your running form using similar technology.
Other features that the Garmin Forerunner 920XT offer include a heart-rate monitor, calories burned counter, a pedometer. It is waterproof and durable and best yet, you can even get alerts for your e-mail, texts and calls right on the watch.
Polar V800 GPS Spots Watch
Very similar to the Garmin above, the Polar V800 is a great watch for anyone who spends a good portion of their time on athletics – especially triathlon runners. This watch features a GPS tracker that can track distance, speed and altitude. It also helps to determine how much recovery time is needed after a run or workout.
When it comes to finding a watch like this on a budget, this one is almost the same as the Garmin Forerunner and it offers a lot of the same great features. The fact that it is waterproof makes it great for any type of weather or sport. It has a calories burned counter and heart rate monitor that helps ensure that you are performing at your absolute best.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
This is basically an older model of the aforementioned Garmin Forerunner – this one does not offer as many features as the new one, but it does have a lot to offer for a much lower price tag. Though it is not as stylish, it is just as functional with every feature that fans of Garmin have come to know and love over the years including a heart rate monitor and counter for calories burned.
It keeps track of your best times so that you can race against the clock – and yourself – in order to always be working towards a new personal best. There are also alerts that can be set for things like distance, speed and more to help ensure that you are always your goals no matter how far away them might seem at first while keeping you safe and healthy.
Timex Men’s Iron Man Target Trainer
This is the most basic of all the watches on this list – but it is also the most affordable. If you’re just starting out in the world of triathlons or athletics then this might be a great starter option if you’re not ready to put hundreds of dollars into a watch. The touch screen shows time and heart rate.
You can also keep track of your average heart rate “per lap” while you’re running which can help you to keep track of your breathing and heart rate control in the future. It is also waterproof up to 330 feet (100 meters), which is perfect for swimming. If you’re someone who gets caught up in the moment, you will love the fact that this watch features alerts that remind you to keep hydrated and keep up with your nutrition.
To Sum Up…
Overall, each of these watches have very similar features – thus, when choosing from these it would be best to go with what your budget says you can afford. However, if you are prepared to spend a couple hundred dollars because you plan to participate in multiple different triathlons or other athletic events, then you might want to go with the Garmin or the Polar as they are the most advanced with the most features to offer.