Triathlon is an endurance sport that demands a lot from athletes. At the heart of the triathlon scene, in addition to the disciplines of running and swimming, is cycling, which is the middle of the three disciplines to be completed. If you’ve been around the triathlon scene for any length of time, you know how demanding it can be. All three sports will challenge you and demand a lot from you. With the Powermeters you now have the possibility to measure your performance for the triathlon scene on a regular basis. These are power measurement systems that are used in many different variations in the triathlon scene. They are manufactured by reputable suppliers so that athletes have the opportunity to constantly improve. Thus, athletes with intensive training can travel to the best competitions of the triathlon scene in the long term.
Competitions in the triathlon scene
In competitions in the triathlon scene, the distance of each discipline may vary. Different terms are therefore recorded, for example, in the DTU Sport Regulations. They are considered standard distances and can be held under a deviation of +- 10% (due to local conditions). Widely used are the sprint distance (sometimes also popular distance) and the Olympic distance. In addition, the long distance in Ironman format (3.86km swim, 180.2km bike, 42.195km run/marathon) enjoys great popularity.
|Sprint distance||up to 750 m||up to 20 km||up to 5 km|
|Olympic distance||1,5 km||40 km||10 km|
|Middle distance||1,9-3 km||80-90 km||20-21 km|
|Long distance||1-4 km||100-200 km||10-42,2 km|
|Team Relay||200-300 m||5-8 km||1,2-2 km|
Similar specifications exist for duathlon (e.g. Powerman), crossduathlon and numerous other multisport events.
Introductory information about the power meter for the triathlon scene
To be active in the triathlon scene, you can use the power meter to optimize the intensity of your training. In this way you also contribute to an improvement in the intensity of the competition. You can quickly and easily upgrade your bike with these power meters for your entry into the triathlon scene. So you can use the power meter for your adventure in the triathlon scene as a perfect tool for training. Some models are especially designed for beginners, so that you can better familiarize yourself with the power measurement for the triathlon scene.
Important specifications of the power meters for the triathlon scene
The models are available with different dimensions. Some of the power meters for the triathlon scene are available with crank lengths from 165 to 180 millimeters. The weight increases by only 20 grams. In terms of battery life, you can count on over 200 hours for triathlon rides. Especially important for you in the triathlon scene will be the measuring technique. Thereby an active temperature compensation is present. This will give you an accurate measurement of your performance during your stay in the triathlon scene. It does not matter at what time you are in the triathlon scene. Fluctuations in temperature cannot upset the power meter. Special accents for the triathlon scene are set by the cadence measurement, which takes place in the Powermeter using the acceleration sensors.
Further technical details for the triathlon scene
The power measurement range for the triathlon scene is between 0 and 1999 watts. There is also a cadence measurement range with values from 30 to 220 revolutions per minute. With regard to data transmission, ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart are used. You will be provided with various software programs for the duration of your stay in the triathlon scene. They are Golden Cheetah, Strava, and the Garmin Training Center and Training Peaks. With the delivery of your power meter for the triathlon scene you will receive the battery as well as a detailed instruction manual. Now you can install the power meter and get into the triathlon scene.
Technically, there are actually no restrictions for a power meter in the triathlon scene. On the one hand, you can measure the power at the crank, for example with an SRM or Stages powermeter. Another common option would be to use a pedal power meter like the Garmin Vector 3 for triathlon power measurement. You have to keep in mind that especially with pedal power meters both single-sided measuring systems (e.g. Favero Assioma Uno) and double-sided measuring systems (e.g. Favero Assioma Duo or Powertap P2) are common. These differ on the one hand in the measured data, but also in the price. The only important thing is a well-functioning ANT+ connection. So you can record all data directly with your multisport watch, which you also use n the other disciplines.
Material battles in triathlon
Power meters are of course not the only material upgrade used in the triathlon scene. Many triathletes are particularly interested in aerodynamics on the bike. Since cycling is usually the biggest part of a triathlon in terms of time, you can get particularly good time out of it. Among other things, we work on the seating position, the helmet or the frame. A sensible upgrade that is mandatory for every ambitious triathlete are carbon wheels (e.g. from Hunt or Zipp). These make a big difference over bar stock and are easy to install.
Another point of interest is the choice of running shoes. This should, of course, depend primarily on individual comfort, but it can still have a strong influence. In recent years, Nike in particular (with the Ineos 1:59 Challenge project, among others) has done strong advertising for shoes with integrated carbon plates. These spring and thus support the runner. Shoes with carbon plates are also no longer a rarity among successful triathletes, but rather the standard.