Power meters are old news. Everyone knows they’re great for cycling training. But now they have them for running. Garmin makes running dynamics pods that give you a lot of data on your running technique, but there are devices now that give you a whole lot more data… even watts.
Check out what Stryd is making. This is a foot pod that gives you a power reading while you’re running, displayed on your GPS watch. Then you can use this to calculate running intensity and Training Stress Score (TSS) after your run. This is a much more accurate way to track intensity than heart rate and pace. Heart rate lags behind effort and can be affected by other factors. Pace can be affected by wind and terrain. Power is the magic metric, just like cycling.
This technology can allow an athlete to pace themselves a lot better over a long race. It can also help coaches track an athlete’s fitness and plan workouts better. I’m pretty excited about this, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these run power meters.
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