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BETWEEN THRESHOLDS - Episode 15 | Polar Vantage V2

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Special episode to coincide with the worldwide launch of the Polar Vantage V2.

Yesterday we published a new episode of the podcast (second in less than a week... don't get used to it!), a somewhat special episode because we wanted to make it coincide with the moment when the Polar Vantage V2 was official.

For my part I explain in detail what are the new features present in the new Polar watch, of course with emphasis on the new running, cycling and recovery tests, as these are the main new features of the Vantage V2.

Thanks to the invaluable help of Jose pod we have more references about all the science behind these tests, and of course know how they will benefit our training. Because that is, ultimately, the purpose of the vast majority of Polar functions.

But it's not all about the presentation of a new model, we also have time to answer a listener's question about the metrics of TrainingPeaks.

Among the different recommendations we have made was for poder to move all current data to TrainingPeaks, so you can have information from many more years in your account and not just what you are training as of this moment. These are some of the options you have for poder to do something similar:

 

Tapiriik

It is a web service that has been in operation for quite some time. You just have to enter your account information and podrás makes a one-time synchronization. If you want to have a permanent synchronization you can make a small annual donation.

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Tapiriik

 

SyncMyTracks

SyncMyTracks is an Android app that has been available for a long time. It can be downloaded directly from the app store and there's a free version and another payment.

You can install the free version and test that everything works correctly and then buy the full version (only 2,99€) which is the one that will allow you to make all the changes you need.

 

RunGap

If on Android we have SyncMyTracks, that on iOS is called RunGap. It has some other functions, but it also allows the synchronization of activities between different platforms.

 

 

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  1. Is it possible to do the Running test with the Polar band? I think the HR data will be more reliable this way, right?

    1. The test is as if it were a training session, so you will use the sensor you usually use: optical or band if it is paired.

      The intensity increase is quite progressive, so there will hardly be any difference with respect to the optical sensor (if it usually works well, as in my case). Anyway, it is clear that with the chest strap it is always better because the measurement is real and not estimated. Here you have all the information about it

      1. Thank you very much, Eduardo.

        One thing, yesterday I was taking a walk on the beach and the Polar Grit X showed me that my heart rate was almost always at 105-110 beats, and the walk I was taking, I emphasize, was very quiet. Also, my heart rate is usually always low, as I do a lot of sports. I could tell it wasn't working properly, is it possible for the optical sensor to fail if the watch is at 30% battery?

        A salute,
        Javier.

        1. The optical sensors of the running watches are adapted to more intense exercises, mainly due to how the algorithm works. That's why on walks or gym workouts the records it gives are rather dubious. That is, it has nothing to do with the battery level, but rather the algorithm is waiting for more movement from the watch and as it is simply walking it lacks all the data sought.

          1. Thank you very much for the reply, Eduardo. It's very helpful and I appreciate all your work on this website. Hopefully the "definitive" reviews of the Polar V2 will arrive soon!

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