Apple WatchOS 5 - New Sports Features - the5krunner

Apple may have woken up somewhat to new challenges ahead with the on-trend message that everyone seems to be getting more into personal fitness. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday brought several new sports-related announcement for future functionality in WatchOS 5. I think these announcements are interesting for those of us with sports-focussed devices. These new features are, well, a little basic on the surface. [ 57 more words ]

June 2018 - On my wrist this month - the5krunner

I sense a trend developing. For the equivalent post to this last month, I started off by saying "I set my target for last month a little too high". I could say it again but you get the point. These things take longer than you think. Longer than I think ... and I'm the one doing it. My 'interesting gadget' from last month is languishing in customs somewhere. [ 759 more words ]

Suunto 9 - Altimetry Accuracy - First Thoughts - the5krunner

I'm not going to be able to do any proper mountains until trips in the summer and after the summer. So all I have for now is a modest 500m ascent on MTBs over 13 hours on mud and trail with the new Suunto 9. Something strange happened with the elevation at 10:10:26. At that point we were stopped, fixing a puncture. [ 163 more words ]

Wahoo ELEMNT & BOLT - New Firmware FIXES - the5krunner

Some relatively longstanding bugs have been ironed out with Wahoo ELEMNT (reviewed here) and BOLT firmware. Specifically I know the Assioma and PowerTap problems were somewhat annoying for a notable section of users. Anyway; all should now be good: Details are (link to: WahooFitness for firmware versions WF09-1937 & WF42-1937) My workaround to 'recover sensor connection' was to press the left/system button and then press it again, this seemed to reconnect a PM. [ 118 more words ]

Suunto 9 - Is this the new GPS Chip? - the5krunner

Source: via Jeremy Px What is the new Suunto GPS Chipset from Sony? This is all guesswork, rumours and some crowdsourced research from facebook. I've asked Suunto but have no confirmation about the new chipset's precise model name although it has been confirmed that the new GPS chip is from Sony. Sony is not one of the usual suspects for sports watches but you've obviously heard of SONY and they are a creditable organisation with big strategic R&D budgets. [ 341 more words ]

Garmin Physio TrueUp - the5krunner

Garmin announced yesterday their TrueUp feature. It was no secret that this has been in development for some time and it syncs some of your physiological data across multuiple devices. It is already available in some beta firmware like this for the Fenix 5: What Happens? After downloading the firmware you will be prompted to enable Physio TrueUp What is sync'd… [ 110 more words ]

Garmin Fenix 6 - opinion post now live - the5krunner

The subscriber-only post on the future of the Garmin Fenix with the Garmin Fenix 6 is now avaialble for everyone to view.

Suunto 9 - First Runs & Rides - the5krunner

Suunto have announced the new Suunto 9. Don't be fooled. This is an evolved Suunto. From the outside the Suunto 9 looks like a re-modelled Suunto SPARTAN Sport WHR. There are visual differences to the SPORT and, importantly, there are some interesting additions to the innards. The new Suunto 9 is currently running an updated version of the recently released v2.0.40 Spartan firmware. [ 1,593 more word ]

Fitbit Versa - Significant Sales, Significant App Growth. - the5krunner

Fitbit have just announced that they have shipped over 1 million of their Fitbit Versa (reviewed here) since April 16th. Furthermore over 2.4million users of the Fitbit app have signed up for the female health tracking feature which calendarises and notifies for menstruation and fertility periods. Fitbit also state that 18,000 developers have signed up and have so far delivered over 900 apps/clock faces. [ 254 more words ]

Polar V650 Review - 2018 New Features - the5krunner

This Polar V650 Review takes a look at the new feature set introduced in Spring 2018 and also benefits from being a review of a significantly updated product compared to the original from Spring 2014. Background to the Polar V650 Review I am a mere 4 years late in reviewing this cycle navigation computer. It's partly out of personal interest but I've also been looking at any criticisms of the product that I could find on the net; so I'm hoping the process will be instructive on how Polar listen to customer feedback. [ 2,558 more words ]

Ally Pally parkrun - the5krunner

Ally Pally parkrun To north London this week, where we take on Ally Pally parkrun around Alexandra Park. Ally Pally parkrun has been around since 2011, but in spite of this the runner numbers still tend to hover around the 300 mark. We drove there (use postcode N22 7AX) and easily found on-street parking on South Terrace. It was free to park during the time we were parkrunning, but it is paid/permit parking at other times. [ 349 more words ]

Garmin Fenix 6 - view on the future - opinion - the5krunner

Garmin are just about to release their Fenix 5 plus model just over a year after the release of the original Fenix 5, 5X and 5S. This seems like an appropriate time to speculate about what will be in Garmin's Fenix 6 (six) which we should be able to buy in 2019. Many months ago we had great fun speculating about what was going to be in the current Fenix 5 models and generally got the prediction 'about right' (link to: [ 3,134 more words ]

June 2018: Sports Watch Update: 'All' new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models. Replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit...more - the5krunner

V2.016 - 01 June 2018 The Suunto 3 Fitness, Fitbit Versa and Garmin Edge 130 are announced and available, with the Garmin Edge 520plus being imminent. The widely expected Garmins did not materialise in May. Let's get ready for some excitement with the music enabled Vivoactive 3M, the Forerunner (2)45M (we're not sure if it's the FR45 or FR245 or if the FR45 would be a well-featured watch) and maybe finally the Fenix 5plus devices will hit the shelves. [ 2,424 more words ]

QuietOn Sleep - Preview - the5krunner

Many of the readers on this site are middle-aged athletes. Many of you are probably married. Many of you train a lot in support of your sporting endeavours. Many of you appreciate that a good night's sleep is what enables your body to best adapt to the workouts you did the day before. Maybe you even track that adaptation with QS EMFIT or the sleep cycles from your Garmin or Fitbit… [ 635 more words ]

Garmin 945 ? - Here's 1000 votes for improving in the Forerunner 935 - the5krunner

I created this poll some time ago and looked at the resutls for the first time today. You can still vote (link to have your say: 1058 votes is a reasonable amount. The results are mostly what I expected with you all wanting increased accuracy, a better battery and more sporty insights to your training.

South Norwood parkrun - the5krunner

South Norwood parkrun Based in south east London, South Norwood parkrun is two-and-a-bit clockwise laps of South Norwood Country Park. Parking is available at the adjacent Croydon Sports Arena, though we parked for free in one of the nearby residential roads. There are toilets at the start line, but no café. The whole course is fairly flat, apart from one short-and-steep hill towards the tram line, then a longer and shallower downhill, back towards the flat. [ 198 more words ]

Croxteth Hall parkrun - the5krunner

Croxteth Hall parkrun Based in Liverpool, Croxteth Hall parkrun (or “Crocky”, to the locals) is a one lap course around Croxteth Hall Country Park. The postcode provided (L11 1EH) will get you to the nearest roundabout where you’ll see the grand, gated entrance to the Country Park. Drive through and you’ll find a large, free car park in the grounds, with the course starting and finishing in front of the beautiful, Grade II* listed Croxteth Hall. [ 253 more words ]

Catford parkrun - the5krunner

Catford parkrun Sandwiched between Catford and Hither Green, Catford parkrun is the new kid on the block in South East London. Based in Mountsfield Park, it’s easy to find (post code SE6 1AN) and parking was free and plentiful on Stainton Road. Or it’s a 10-minute walk from Hither Green train station. It’s a short walk from Stainton Road to the bandstand, where you’ll find the start/finish lines and two shipping containers which house toilets (which did not open until about 8.45am) and a café (which was open before and after the run). [ 282 more words ]

State of the SPARTAN - After Suunto's Firmware v2.0.40 (May 2018) - the5krunner

Suunto's entire SPARTAN family are receiving the latest May 2018 update. It's a notable update which includes features that even Garmin don't yet have and includes other features that should have been there some time ago. Firmware is currently: v2.0.40 which superseded a slightly earlier v2.0.34 release (and the prior release was 1.12.36 from which some of the images below relate to) [ 986 more words ]

Hey Poland !! - Polar says you're fast - the5krunner

Polar have employed someone to start creating Infographics. Not a bad thing. We all love a good picture sometimes if we are too lazy to read. I'm not sure of the data below. I'm definately a faster runner than the only Polish person in my tri club. Sample size of 1...must be true. We all seem to do our steady state training in Zone 3...hmmm.

Halfords Share Price Falls - Lesson to Be Learnt - the5krunner

Most of us reading blogs like this are perhaps not so interested in Halfords - the high street vendor of bits for cars, owners of autocentres and seller of bikes for all. However, Halfords is somewhat of a partial Bellweather for the UK bike industry. So its tumble this week has made many sit up and take note. At one point there was a 15% slide in the share price that came on the back of a profits warning. [ 402 more words ]

STRYD - Updated Android Mobile app - the5krunner

There are 3 new aspects to the new Android app. Handily the STRYD app arrived on the same day as my new Android phone. These new features use data derived from your workout history. Insights First up are Insights into today's training or your recent training. It's a relatively self-explanatory sentence that appears on the app's home screen Power Zone Calculator… [ 205 more words ]

4iiii - up to 25% off selected models (EU & USA) - the5krunner

Big Stocks & Big Sales PowerMeterCity have stocked up for a massive sale on popular 4iiii crank arms. So this is a genuine 25% off sale with a great chance to bag a year-best deal. Unusually high discounts for the early season. In the UK CyclePowerMeters offer 10% off 4iiii with the code the5krunner10. The cranks in question are stacked with the 4iiii Precision on the Shimano 105 5800, Shimano Ultegra 6800 and Shimano 9000 arms. [ 237 more words ]

Suunto Spartan 2 (firmware and a tease) - the5krunner

Suunto are teasing the above image on Instagram and on Twitter.The image above is better enhanced than those you will likely see on the Suunto feeds so I won't link to them. The strap detail is like the SPARTAN SPORT BARO...and only the BARO ...NOT the ULTRA and not the other SPORT variants. The buttons and bezel look the same as several existing variants. [ 173 more words ]

IQ2 Bike Power Meter - Massively Exceeds Funding Target - the5krunner

The IQ2 Power Meter Kickstarter campaign had to hit is £87,464 goal by 24 May 2018 and, at the time of writing, has 3,216 backers amounting to a whopping £722,168. The goal for shipping is 1st October 2018. What's the big deal? There are lots of 'ifs' around this one but if a reasonably accurate power meter can ship in the £100-$150 range then it would increase the excitement at the lower end of the market. [ 512 more words ]

Assioma STOCK, Vector 3s STOCK - all stocked up and raring to go - the5krunner

Finally! After shortages of Vector/ASSIOMAs across the market, PowerMeterCity is all stocked up and raring to go with the Favero ASSIOMA DUO and UNO models. You can get them NOW, from stock. That would be my personal power meter pedal of choice. (link to: There is limited stock of the rather pretty Garmin Vector 3s and stock of the dual-sided Vector 3 is still on back order. [ 157 more words ]

Aeropod - Velcomp Aeropod AVAILABLE for Pre-Order - the5krunner

The Velocomp AEROPOD is now available for pre-order. It's coming in July so if you order one of the earlier ones you might just be able to perform some fine-tuning on your aero position ahead of a summer TT. The Aeropod IS a powermeter in its own right; just like its predecessor the Velocomp Powerpod (review ed here) However if you already have a direct force powermeter then one of these is just about, for now, the only way that you can measure your CdA… [ 203 more words ]

TomTom Sale up to 60% off 48 hours - the5krunner

I have a few great deals to post over the next few days some from my partners and some that I just found. Like this one directly from TomTom. There is more information below. This SHOULD click-through to the local sale in your own country in your local currency even though the prices are shown in GBP. Please let me know if not. [ 182 more words ]

Wahoo Elemnt £50/$80 Off - the5krunner

There is a great early-season cashback deal directly from Wahoo on the ELEMNT*. There is £50 cashback in the UK and $80 cashback in the USA. Terms and Conditions apply: Purchases between 15th May to 15th June 2018 and the cashback is provided by Wahoo Fitness. Claim USA cashback: here (link to: Claim UK cashback: here (link to [ 34 more words ]

Jabra Elite Sport - First Runs & General Commentary - Not a review - the5krunner

I've been using the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds for several weeks now, mostly in conjunction with the Amazfit STRATOS triathlon watch but also alongside Jabra's android app which is packed full of Firstbeat cleverness. Background In recent years I've tended not to run too often with Music but my interest has been rekindled of late, mostly as a result of looking more closely at several new sports & running watches which are introducing music playback as a new feature. [ 1,614 more word ]

Clever Training - Acquired by JackRabbit - the5krunner

Since its founding in 2002, Clever Training broadened its target market out from its original triathlon base to cover many other sports and pastimes. JackRabbit run about 60 US-based apparel/shoe stores To me, the match between JackRabbit and Clever Training looks complementary. The former specialising in sports apparel and sports shoes and the latter covering sports tech and other gear. Sounds like a merger than can leverage each other's similar customer base with each other's different product sets. [ 54 more words ]

Power Meter Pedals - Bike Rider's Guide to Garmin, Favero and PowerTap (not a review) - the5krunner

Power Meter Pedals are a sensible way forwards for most cyclists looking to get into the "training with power" game. The main caveat to a decision to buy power meter pedals is their COST. Let's assume you CAN afford a price tag of around £/$/Eu500 and upwards. This leaves the question "Which model to go for?". [ 3,411 more words ]

AsteroidOS 1.0 Released ... What ?!? - the5krunner

Latest news from is that their WearOS replacement is good-to-go. This is probably of zero interest to endurance athletes right now. However interesting things might come from it. I'll keep this one short a do a few bullet points AsteroidOS covers basic 'smart' functionality when linked only to an Android smartphone It's highly customisable, has a SDK and is built on standard Linux technologies… [ 124 more words ]

WHOOP has new pricing model - the5krunner

WHOOP have recently changed the pricing model of the WHOOP Strap 2.0. In an interesting move, WHOOP have changed away from a one-off purchase price of $500 to a monthly subscription of $30/month (minimum 6 month committment). Additional bands and apparel are still available for purchase on their site...but not the band. The mathematically minded amongst you will notice that if WHOOP can retain a subscriber for more than 18 months then they may well have a more profitable model than before with a nice longterm revenue stream which would probably also add a good degree of predictability to the company's ongoing cashflow. [ 123 more words ]

20% Off At Power Meter City (USA, Powerpod, Watteam + Pioneer deal) - the5krunner

For a limited time, purchase The Pioneer Ultegra R8000 or DA 9100 Dual-Sided Power Meter or the Pioneer Dual Leg Upgrade Kit and receive a FREE Pioneer SGX-CA500 Cycle Computer ($299.99 value). From today until May 23rd (or until stocks last), all Velocomp PowerPods and WATTEAM Powerbeats will be 20% off. Reviews below if you need to read them. [ 39 more words ]

Night of the 10k PBs, 19 May. NW3 2JP @ukrunchat #ukrunchat - the5krunner

Want to see someone run 10k in under 28 minutes? This could be it. The sort-of annual "Night of the 10k PBs' There are lots of top-level European guys competing. It is a genuinely unusual and fun evening eg last year the racers ran through some sort of covered tunnel. anyway. Slightly qacky. But high quality runners with a good media presence. [ 61 more words ]

Amazfit STRATOS Review - now live - the5krunner

The Amazfit STRATOS Review has now left 'supporter-only' restrictions and is now available to all readers to read. Enjoy And I've just posted up some great 15% Garmin discounts on current ranges (EU/UK)

MASSIVE 15% Garmin Discount - UK, EU - the5krunner

15% rebate of most things Garmin. Checkout Code: PM24_Voucher_Garmin15 Where: PM24 (Europe incl UK) Restrictions: This will NOT work in the USA. This DOES apply to all Gamrin products stocked. The only problem I am aware of is with Vector 3 and 3S where there are 'issues'. Using the code also helps suport this site.

Spot The Difference - the5krunner

I've been wearing my brake pads down more rapidly than I expected on my S3. Maybe I'm a bit scaredy-cat going downhill? (I'm not); maybe there's been a lot of wet and fine grit? (maybe...); or just maybe it's a soft compound? The pads are also not quite aligned properly and are a bit too high and are about to rub onto the tyre under braking. [ 236 more words ]

My bike tyre - not my tri tyre - the5krunner

Having demonstrated the repercussions of being blasé about a 'C' race and getting several punctures at the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive, today was the day to get proper tyres on the bike. I've previously given my opinion on the best bike tyre for triathlon but my opinion for a good all-rounder for the summer that will also behave sensibly over longer rides would be the Continental Grand Prix GP4000S II. [ 187 more words ]

Tour de Yorkshire - mini disasters and lots of fun - the5krunner

I have just returned home after family visits and the long course at the Tour de Yorkshire. The course is 80ish miles (129km and over 2km of vertical) taking in the varied and beautiful Yorkshire countryside on, what was, a perfect-to-slightly hot and windless day. Results: Here at there seems to be some people with times allocated to the wrong distance. [ 1,005 more word ]

XERT wins best EDGE CIQ app - the5krunner

XERT wins best CIQ app for EDGE devices at the Garmin CIQ Summit. Source: Garmin This one is DEFINITELY worth a download despite being released way back in July 2017 (Source:, download HERE's free). It continually raises its estiamte of your FTP on-the-fly as your cycling hits giddy new heights. Although it's great on the Edge it will also work on your Garmin tri watch.

On my wrist this month - the5krunner

I set my target for last month a little too high. The Fitbit Versa just took up WAY too much time because of various issues with connectivity and syncing. and that significantly curtailed my efforts elsewhere. Which is a bit silly on my part as it's a mass market watch and I suspect that most of you are athletes who would never even think about the Versa in a million years. [ 1,005 more word ]

Amazfit STRATOS Review - Triathlon Watch with Music - the5krunner

In this detailed Amazfit STRATOS Review we take a long, hard look at Amazfit's latest, well-priced sports watch. Sometimes we can see ourselves justifying the high premium we pay for Garmin sports watches because of the vast number of features they have onboard. It takes something like the STRATOS to come along and make us think more deeply. The STRATOS has… [ 7,132 more words ]

Amazfit STRATOS - Bluetooth Sensor Pairing Quirks - the5krunner

The Amazfit STRATOS 'budget' triathlon watch has some quirks. A little bit like your slightly politically incorrect, but otherwise charming, uncle. These quirks manifest themselves in a few places but the 2 that most deserve a mention are as follows Pairing a Bluetooth sensor Triathlon Mode Pairing the bluetooth sensors caught me out for a while. Well; I say 'sensors', I mean bluetooth smart heart rate monitors and bluetooth headphones. [ 297 more words ]

SunGod Classics Review - Custom CLASSICS2 sunglasses @we_are_sungod - the5krunner

In this SunGod Classics Review we take a detailed look at the classic design that made SunGod great. SunGod Classics Review - Custom CLASSICS2 SUNGOD are now onto their fourth model of custom-designed sunglasses. But here we go back in time with this review to the sunny days of 2015 and the introduction of the CUSTOM CLASSICS². Almost certainly these were an improvement over the original CUSTOM CLASSICS v1 - … [ 1,245 more word ]

Some races for 2018 - the5krunner

I'm planning a couple of 'raids' this year.I think they're called that. I've now managed, I think, to squeeze the Alps in as well as the Pyrenees. In the case of the Alps it was more that I sneakily influenced a family holiday to be near the Alps..."Wouldn't it be nice to do some hill walking in the Alps over the Summer? [ 1,161 more word ]

Sheringham parkrun - the5krunner

Sheringham parkrun is run around the stunning grounds of Sheringham Park, a National Trust property in Norfolk. Usually, parking is available for parkrunners for free until 10.30am at the visitor’s centre, near the start line. However, the car park was not in use on the day we ran, due to muddy conditions, but the parkrun team had arranged for the use of the neighbouring Woodlands leisure centre car park for free and had signposted the walk from there through the forest to the start line – about a 10 minute walk. [ 394 more words ]

*NEW* Garmin Vivoactive 3 MUSIC (Vivoactive 3M) - Opinion, not a review - the5krunner

Garmin are about to release a variant of the Vivoactive 3, this time adding Music. This is not surprising and I haven't yet seen all the details. So here is some rather limited speculation and if you want to read more about Garmin's implementation of MUSIC then read the Forerunner 654 Music review shown below. What Music Will go on the Vivoactive 3 Music? [ 812 more words ]

Fitbit Versa Review - Looks like Apple Watch ... but isn't - the5krunner

Fitbit Versa Review In this Fitbit Versa Review we take a detailed look at Fitbit's new Apple Watch lookalike. The Fitbit Versa is a lower-cost version of the Ionic from 2017 and it's probably prettier than the Ionic in most people's eyes. I like the Versa. Unfortunately I am going to have to use the word 'BUT' quite a few times.... [ 5,309 more words ]

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