We are are exposed to the various technology innovations for endurance sports activities over the last 10 years. Like all other daily technology with personal and business uses, it’s overwhelming to see how things have changed so dramatically. For example we don’t use our printers, faxes, home phones nearly as much as we did just 5 years ago.
The transformation of technology within our passion of running, biking and swimming has traveled the same path as business technology. Here are a just a few of the Innovations that have evolved in our sports:
- Cyclocomputer that measures everything imaginable including the recent power meters
- Heart rate monitors are common everywhere today
- iPod, of course everywhere including the crazy folks making calls on their iPhones during a marathon!
- Training software, we become anal and record everything
- Music while swimming with these devices that work like an IPod
- Indoor computer based treadmills, bike trainers, etc.
- GPS devices so we see how far, how fast, how much we climbed
- The computer timing chip
You get the point, we become obsessed with all this technology to make life and training more “recordable” and precise. Personally, I reminiscence about the days 25 years ago when we would just lace up the Nike Pegasus running shoes, cotton shirt and shorts and head out for a long run. I highly recommend that if you are in a “flat spot” with your training, take off the watch and head out for a trail run and go by “feel”. You can also do the same by turning off the bike cyclocomputer, heart rate monitor and eliminate indoor training unless it’s old school, pushups, weights, jumping rope. Of course absolutely no IPod!
Try this for several days, no technology and you will get a jump back into your step. Have fun and you will realize training is a blast without having all these tools.
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’