Technology for Training Part 2: Technology v Zen
Author: Mike Hamberger
Technology vs. Psychology. Garmin vs. Zen. Pace vs. Intensity. Do you know the differences? Technological advances help us monitor our progress and keep the training consistent, but to be reliant on them and/or to engage in too much data crunching often detracts from our ability to make real-time adjustments when it counts most. There is a difference between pace and intensity, with intensity being much more important for triathletes due to the myriad of factors that affect pace on the course. It's very possible that holding yourself to a given intensity will bring you to your predicted- or goal-pace (and vice versa), but always consider the race conditions and your body's real-time status first. Race based on feel. GPS watches, power meters, and heart rate monitors will not always guide you when you want to actually race someone, or when you're attempting to judge if your speed is too fast or slow at the moment. You need to know your limits and what you're capable of achieving based on how your body feels and which body parts are speaking to you. For instance, a GPS watch should not be telling you how fast to run during the middle of a race, it should merely be satisfying your curiosity.