Without getting ahead of ourselves and talking about the singularity -- the theoretical moment when AI surpasses human intelligence -- we are absolutely in a period of man merging with machine. For good or bad (mostly good, we’d say), we’ve come to rely on smart phones to the point that they’re practically appendages. Now, we're starting to see that technology creep into sports. One of many applications of tech is the collection of data, and nowhere are athletes more obsessed with data than in the growing world of triathlon. The Suunto Ambit2 S, released in 2013, is one of a handful of GPS watches (Garmin Forerunner, Polar RCX5, TomTom Multi-Sport) designed specifically for multi-sport athletes, and an excellent one at that.
Basic data like pace and distance are nothing new to wrist watches, but, coupled with more advanced measurements like heart rate (paired here via ANT+ with a heart rate monitor), power output (paired by the same with a cycling power meter) and stroke count (swimming), they allow the fastidious multi-sport athlete to train in the appropriate zones for better marginal returns on exercise. The Ambit2 S collects this data and more from swimming, biking and running, which can then be uploaded to Suunto’s movescount.com and viewed in various charts and graphs to tack up on the office refrigerator (or to track progress over time). What’s more, in triathlon mode the watch can record multi-sport workouts as one contiguous event. Between this core functionality and additional capabilities for tracking open water swimming and navigation, this is a very cool and very user-friendly watch.
Just as important as the watch are the consequences of its use. Instead of running at a pace that feels like maximum aerobic output, you’re running for a target heart rate. Instead of cycling at what feels like race pace, you’re cycling at a target wattage. Data over intuition. The rise of the machines...or just a really good time at your next Ironman.
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