T Is for Technology in Triathlon Training

The original triathletes were amazing. Dave Scott and Mark Allen achieved incredible feats in triathlon long before technology took over the sport. They didn’t have metrics like we have today, and they certainly didn’t have all the information-gathering capabilities we have. Yet they set records and competed valiantly. In fact, Mark Allen still holds the Kona marathon record to this day. Technology is a great friend of triathletes, but it has a downside.


Technology has therefore taken over all aspects of triathlon. One of the most studied areas is that of the triathlon watch. Each year new watches are available for purchase which have increasingly larger measurements for the triathlete. My favorite is the Garmin 910XT. This watch gives me heart rate, power (with a power sensor), stimulation (with optional accelerometer), speed, cadence (with optional cadence sensor), mileage, meters while swimming And much more. Each of these metrics helps me measure my success or failures in every training session and race.

Technology has made huge strides in the area of ​​bicycles and wheel sets. The amount of research on these two elements in the world of triathlon is incredible. Every year new and exciting advances in the aerodynamic speed of bikes and wheelsets are made. Most of the time, these technologies can take two very different points of view. This was most evident at the 2016 World Championships in Kona. Diamond Bikes unveiled their Andean bike that fills the entire space between the front tire and the rear tire with a solid piece to pass the wind through this area for aerodynamics. Another bike debuted in Kona this year with the exact opposite idea. The Ventum bike eliminated the down tube from the bike and made an empty space between the front tire and the rear tire with only the top tube remaining. They are two very different ideas about aerodynamics. This is one of the amazing things about the advancement in technology and one of the downsides as well.

Every piece of triathlon equipment is subject to constant technological advancement. Shoes, wetsuits, socks, nutrition, hats, sunglasses, helmets, running kits and anything else you can imagine. This world of triathlon technology is not about to end and will continue to push the boundaries.


The technology in triathlon is amazing. These new articles are exciting and make each year different. New advancements help triathletes go faster and longer. These new technologies help even the amateur triathlete to go faster. Just buying new wheels can be the difference between being on or off the podium. The advancement of footwear has helped many athletes avoid the injuries that plague so many, such as plantar fasciitis. Technology will continue to help the sport become better and better.


The downside to technology is that the amateur triathlete arrives at their local race already unable to win because someone else has the money to buy some of the latest technology. Major purchases such as wheel sets and bicycles can be prohibitive for the average triathlete and yet there are individuals who buy these items at alarming rates. The amateur triathlete may also feel overwhelmed by what to buy and what not to buy. Some tech items aren’t worth the extra cost because they don’t cut race time enough for what they cost. Now that these new technologies have been out for some time, knockoffs have started making items at lower cost. It will be interesting to watch the flood of these knockoffs in the market and see how it affects the tech greats.

If you are an amateur triathlete, buy smart and don’t buy new gadgets just because they’re new. Make sure you invest in items that will really make you faster, and not just a gimmick.

Source by Jeff Dowdy

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