Listen Up! Podcast: Heart Rate Monitoring with Polar

Today's Listen Up! podcast discusses the importance of heart rate monitoring devices. My special guest is Wayne Vartabedian, Community Engagement and Senior Product Specialist for Polar's Wrist Unit. Wayne has been an endurance athlete for over 25 years, including a Kona finish, and has used Polar heart rate monitors his entire career.  About Coach Vicki TriDot Triathlon Coach Vicki Vandergriend hosts Listen Up!, a TriDot podcast channel dedicated to topics, features and profiles related to the sport of triathlon and triathlon training. Coach Vicki has been mentoring and coaching since 2009, with numerous clients making it to the podium and many setting PR’s.  Her coaching is focused on athletes training smarter, not harder. This is the reason she uses TriDot. Their technology and big data find hidden insight in athlete…
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TriDot and LAVA Magazine Introduce First-of-its-Kind IRONMAN Course Rating Index

New IronIndex to Rate Difficulty of all IRONMAN Full Iron Races in LAVA’s Road to Kona Issue    Southlake, Texas – TriDot and LAVA Magazine announced an exclusive partnership today to jointly promote TriDot’s new IronIndex Triathlon Course Rating in LAVA’s “Road to Kona” February/March 2016 issue. The issue will rate and rank each IRONMAN (140.6) triathlon course. TriDot, known for its highly personalized, analytics-based triathlon training software, used its data intelligence assets to create the proprietary 1-100 point difficulty index for any iron-distance triathlon course. The index is a 1-100 composite index measuring each course’s level of difficulty based on three sub-indexes:  Terrain & Climate, Strength of Field, and Body Mass Variance. TriDot’s variable-weighting science factors these three indices…

Are Power Meters Worth the Investment?

That depends on whom you ask: I'm pretty sure your financial planner will advise against it, but your triathlon coach will likely give a resounding endorsement. A power meter is an investment in yourself. While other big-ticket items such as high-end bike frames and aero wheels will produce marginally faster splits, they do nothing to improve the cyclist turning the pedals. Conversely, adding a power meter will serve as a tool to make you a stronger, more efficient and a more educated rider. Prior to power meters, heart rate monitors were the best tool available to prescribe, monitor and track intensity in training and racing. While heart rate monitors do offer a quantification of effort level, the results can be…

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