Most of us are using some sort of electronic devices for triathlon training, whether it's a running app on your smartphone or a pricey GPS watch, foot pod and smart bike trainer hooked up to a virtual reality road experience.Here's some advice: You don't need to read the entire user manual, but do remain aware of when something is annoying during your first week of using a new app, watch or other device. Set a reminder to yourself for one week after you purchased your new toy, and make an appointment with yourself to go through the settings. Often the default settings are pretty good, but they are rarely perfect for your individual training habits. For example, you may want your phone app to announce your pace every quarter mile instead of every mile during a run. You may want the primary screen on your watch to show your heart rate, pace and distance, while blocking notifications from your phone until your workout is complete.Most of these customizations are easy, but after a few weeks of using our devices, we forget what annoys us and we become accustomed to it. Especially if you train alone, you may not realize things could be different. Better.Here are five device customizations to consider:
It might take a few minutes and a few too many Google searches, but the time you spend setting up your technology to your liking will pay off in happier workouts and more accurate stats.
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