Below you can find a summary of my weekly training sessions, and I also take this opportunity to give you a summary of everything that has happened on the web during the last week and the latest updates in the sports technology sector (so that you don't miss anything). I also take this opportunity to make small notes of interesting links that I have found on the internet in recent days.
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So let's go with the highlights of this week.
This week's news
A small list with the main news of the page and of the sector, happened during the week.
- Complete analysis of the Garmin Varia radar - The Garmin Varia radar is one of those unique products. Unique because there is nothing else like it on the market, and unique because of what it offers to the cyclist. In the test you will be able to find answers to all your questions.
- Valencia Marathon, seen from the inside - Challenge overcome. Here you can read all the details of this magnificent race. Everyone who has run this distance is right. There is a before and after of your first marathon.
- Finalist in the Blog Awards - We've done it! We're finalists in the Blog Awards and the blog will be in the final on the 27th.
- Withings Activité Steel - The Activité family has been extended and a new model has arrived, the Steel. Located between the Activité and the Activité Pop, the new model incorporates a stainless steel case just like the more expensive model, but with a black silicone strap similar to that of the Activité Pop. test performed at the time on the Pop model.
- Garmin Forerunner 225 Update - If I haven't miscounted over the week, they have released up to three updates in these seven days. Bluetooth communication is improved and the Firstbeat algorithm is added to the calorie calculation.
- Important new features in the beta version of Garmin Fenix 3 - As you know there is a beta channel for updates to some models, including the Fenix 3. These versions will show some of the new features that will be coming to the stable versions. This week, in addition to solving some possible problems of previous versions, it adds support for the new advanced metrics of race dynamics that have been released with the Garmin Forerunner 630These new metrics are ground contact balance (left-right), stride length and vertical oscillation ratio. The update includes a new version for the HRM-Run and HRM-Tri sensors. By the way, the 920xt will also receive this update. In this video you can see some more information about these new metrics.
Links of interest
The most interesting links I've found this week, almost all of them are curious news related to sports.
- Beware of the projects you support at Kickstarter - Kickstarter (and other collective financing platforms) are very good places to launch novel ideas to a minority audience. But what may seem like an interesting product at first can turn out to be a real disaster after a few months. The "Coolest" refrigerator is a clear example. After raising over twelve million euros, they are now selling the product for $499 through Amazon But this is not the first time something like this has happened at Kickstarter (not to mention other, much more insecure, collective financing platforms). Zano promised a smart drone of reduced sizeAnd while they have yet to ship more than 14,000 more units, the company has filed for bankruptcy despite raising nearly 3.5 million euros from its investors (each of whom is backing the product at Kickstarter). And Limits, the power meter that promised to dynamite the market with its aggressive pricingIt looks like it will end up in the same place as the projects mentioned above.
- Figures around the Valencia Marathon - The numbers are always very cold, but sometimes they are necessary to realize the dimension of things. The organization of Valencia distributed 200,000 bottles of water, 40,000 bottles of isotonic drink and 16,000 gels among other products in the refreshment posts. The blue line that marks the route of the marathon required 800 liters of paint. 1,350 volunteers gave us service to more than 25,000 runners (between marathon and 10k race), while 400 local police were watching over our security, to which we must add the National Police, Civil Protection, Red Cross, etc. So when you pay the bib of any race of this kind, you know where your money ends up.
Here is a summary of my training over the past week.
Relaxation week. After completing the Valencia marathon You have to rest, but that doesn't mean you have to go home and lie on the couch either, firstly because you have to be active to recover, and secondly because, as you might expect, the devices don't test themselves, and they don't understand whether you've run a marathon or not.
On Monday and Tuesday I had enough to do with living a normal life. I still had my legs like concrete blocks, and thinking about going down a slope or finding myself in front of some steps was a challenge. Still, on Tuesday I took a little 30-minute walk, to help untangle my legs.
On Thursday I trained for the first time after the marathon. It wasn't much distance, but it got a little out of hand. To recover you have to jog and take it easy, but the truth is that I had good feelings and after several weeks of training marathon pace, there was a desire to speed, to really run. Despite starting at a pace of 5:10 min/km I ended up running at 4:30min/km. I just let myself go, because I didn't have any particular training plan or pace.
On Friday I gave four pedalings (counted), because I had to take the bike out to finish getting the multimedia material for the Garmin Varia radar analysisIt doesn't even count as training.
And on Sunday, we'll pedal again, but this time as a family. Does pulling a trailer count as strength training? If so, you'll write it down too.
And so ends my week of recovery after the Valencia marathon.
Thanks for reading!