This week I’m repeating week one of my triathlon training. I did this because I had the time available with the training program and distance to the triathlon I’m doing, and because I thought it would be a nice slow entry into the awesomeness that is triathlon training.
Repeating the week has given me a huge boost of confidence. The run portion is what I know I need to work on the most and the part I struggle with, but this week it felt really easy. And now that it feels easy I’m more than ready to move on so next week it will be tough again. Repeating the week has made me realize I want to push myself. I want it to be hard but still achievable. I want to bump up my time and distance and push my body to do a litle more each week. I’m so ready for that.
Another fun thing about triathlon training is all my new toys.
Okay, okay, they aren’t really toys. But they are things that I’ve acquired to help me with my training that I am in love with.
Triathlon Training Toy #1: Notebook
This is pretty low tech of me, but I track all my training sessions in a pink fairy notebook. ;)
Triathlon Training Toy #2: Swim goggles.
Since I must wear contacts when I swim I must have swim goggles to swim. Basically if I don’t have my contacts in I can’t see, and if I don’t have goggles my contacts won’t work. So swim goggles were a necessary purchase for my swimming. I went with speedo goggle because they were a brand I trusted…and the only brand I recognized.
Triathlon Training Toy #3: Swim cap.
The swim cap is useful for my training because when I swim my hair gets out of control and ends up in my eyes. This was one of the most annoying things that used to happen when I swam a lot back in Memphis. I would have to constantly sweep the hair out of my eyes – but no longer! I will wear my swim cap and prevent my unruly hair from attacking my face!
Triathlon Training Toy #4: Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
My heartrate monitor is something I’ve wanted for the longest time but did not ever get for myself. A few months ago I contacted Polar about heart rate monitors because I had hear from other bloggers who had received them. This was actually the first time I had ever contacted a company for a product. People offer to send me things all the time but I rarely say yes and I never ask for them. But this was something I thought would help me out in a major way and I wanted to see if Polar was as good as everyone says they are.
Guess what? They are. The people at Polar are amazing and granted me my very own Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. They are really amazing and have also given heart rate monitors to other bloggers and everyone that attending Jen’s One Step, One Breathe event. They rock.
I’ve had my heart rate monitor for a few weeks now and have tried it out doing just about everything I can think of. I wanted to really test the thing before talking about it, but now I’m ready to give you the details!
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Review
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Pros:
- Very user friendly and easy to set up. I will admit to doing it without reading the manual.
- Large view screen that is easy to
- Measures heart rate in both bpm and as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.
- Syncs with all the machines at my gym. This was a bonus because I didn’t know it would happen!
- Stores data from training sessions until you erase, creates weekly summaries.
- Settings are easy to change for when you lose weight (so calorie burning is accurate).
- Water resistant.. I haven’t tested this yet but the reviews I’ve read say it works.
- Comfortable. I occasionally forget that I’m wearing the watch and chest strap until hours later.
- Batteries are user replaceable so you don’t have to ship it off.
- Helpful with triathlon training since much of the training needs to be in heart rate zone.
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Cons:
- Sometimes syncs incorrectly at the gym and my heart rate will be displayed on my neighbors machine. That was hilarious the first time it happened, and slightly annoying.
- Finding the data from workout sessions is slightly confusing. It’s there but sort of hard to find.
- Pretty basic in terms of features, doesn’t include things like GPS or mileage.
- It’s not the prettiest thing ever. I would love it in a brighter, fun color.
Despite a few cons I’m really incredibly happy with the Polar FT7. Having a heart rate monitor has completely changed the way I workout – it’s given me a lot more power over my workouts. It’s fascinating to learn how many calories you are actually burning and how high your HR is. Never knew before. It’s hard now to remember my life before my heart rate monitor came to be mine, I love it so much.
Future Triathlon Training Toy: Bicycle
Right now I’m doing all my bike rides on a stationary bike. This is boring and nothing like riding on the streets. I’m planning on buying a bike in the next couple of weeks, once I save up some of my pennies. I’m not planning on buying a fancy bike or anything, I’m just getting a basic hybrid bike for around $250 that will work as both my bike for the triathlon and my main form of transportation here in New Zealand. I don’t plan on getting a car at all while I’m living here since I can walk, use public transportation, or borrow a car, but having a bike would be really helpful for me. So this particular “toy” will be both for the triathlon and every day use.
Those are all my toys and I think it’s all I will need for the triathlon! I’m so excited about everything I have and how it’s going to help me train better so that I can do the triathlon well.
Do you have a heart rate monitor? Do you love it like I love mine? Do you have any other “training toys” you use?