The product was in huge demand, which resulted in me only receiving mine two weeks before IRONMAN 70.3. Like a kid with a new toy, I enthusiastically set about setting up the watch. Garmin’s service department proved very helpful and knowledgeable and it didn’t take long to set up. It is actually quite easy, as long as you don’t press the ‘default settings’ button once you have customised it to your specific requirements. Anyway, going through the process again helped me to have a better understanding of how the watch works.
This watch offers a host of features, but the one’s I am going to share now are important from a coach / athlete’s perspective.
• First and foremost, it syncs very easily with Training Peaks. So not only do I have graphs and stats that match my training programme, I also have a picture that makes sense and is useful.
• The ANT+™ feature also allows you to sync easily with any other device that has the ANT+™ capability. I had no issues whatsoever syncing my Wattbike, and what I especially liked is that although I always had the stats available, Garmin’s Forerunner 920XT has Wi-Fi, which means that I can easily and immediately access this information on my coaching platform.
• The swim feature records time spent in the water, your distance, pace and stroke count, The only down side is that it doesn't record your heart rate, but then again no other watch offers this feature. However, cyclists and runners will be able to keep track of their heart rate with Garmin’s HR Monitor.
• It’s a fantastic watch for a runner as it will give you all the information you need, such as cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time.
• The 920XT is compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence and heart rate to provide advanced training capabilities for your cycling workouts. It can also display power metrics when paired with ANT+™ power meters.
• If you are a multisport athlete, you will love all the cross-over functions.
I used my watch at this year’s IRONMAN 70.3, held on 25 January, and it proved to be the most practical piece of equipment I’ve acquired in a long time. It was also incredible to see just how many other people had the watch on their arms and were comparing information. It clearly is the ‘in thing’, and it’s not hard to see why.
So the bottom line for me, as a coach, is this. I have changed my requirements of athletes I coach and can honestly say what a pleasure it is using the Garmin 920 XT to communicate and improve training.
If you don’t have one already, I strongly recommend getting yourself a Garmin 920XT; you won’t regret it.
For a more in-depth review of the Garmin’s Forerunner 920XT, take a look at DC Rainmaker’s review on http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/11/garmin-forerunner-920xt-depth-review....