Polar, the market leader and pioneer in heart rate training technology, is launching just the product multisport and triathlon athletes have been waiting for – the Polar RCX5 training computer. This is a cutting-edge product ideal for endurance sports, with some exciting new features to coach you in planning, training and analyzing your performance in detail.
Knowing how hard to train can be a challenge as your condition changes every day depending on a number of factors, including your physical and mental state, stress, sleep, and previous training. The brand new ZoneOptimizer feature takes out the guesswork by adjusting your personal heart rate zones for every training session based on your current physiological condition. It will guide you to train at the right intensity to get the training effect you want, making your every session more effective.
The perfect feature for controlling your speed, Race Pace allows you to set a target time for a certain distance. It then helps you pace your run or ride by showing your current speed/pace and by telling in time, how much you are ahead or behind the set target.
Sport Profiles are essential for multisport and triathlon athletes, enabling a quick switch between sports during training. With just a few button presses, this feature adjusts your training computer’s settings to the sport you are doing. It also detects the sensors you need automatically, so you won’t lose any time or training data between your swim, ride, or run. You can find ready sport profiles on your RCX5 and set more with the Polar WebSync software.
New sensors also feature in this new product launch: The G5 GPS sensor and an s3+ stride sensor. The extremely small G5 GPS sensor (34 g) measures speed/pace and distance and allows you to see your route on the new map view at polarpersonaltrainer.com after your training. There you can review all your training data at any point of your route. Light to wear in soft and flexible armband (26 g), G5 comes with 18-hour battery life and can be recharged via mini USB.
The s3+ comes with a new, firm shoe attachment which guarantees more accurate speed/pace and distance measurement. This small and lightweight sensor (23 g) is shock and water resistant, handling even the most demanding runs. By telling your running cadence and average stride length, s3+ can help you improve your running technique. RCX5 can also calculate your Running Index, which scores your run, based on your speed and distance data from your GPS or stride sensor. On the saddle, you can get your speed, distance and cadence measured by adding Polar cycling sensors using W.I.N.D. technology.
The RCX5 gives heart rate even in water with a comfortable and disturbance-free WearLink®+ Hybrid transmitter. Transferring data both in 5 kHz and 2.4 GHz, WearLink®+ Hybrid ensures that your heart rate signal is found at all times.
There have been big upgrades at polarpersonaltrainer.com web service to support multisport athletes. You can now create for yourself complete endurance training programs for running and cycling, including warm-up, work and cool-down phases for each session. The training programs can be easily synched to your RCX5 via the DataLink data transfer unit. After each session, the online training diary makes it easy to track your progress and compare planned versus actual training sessions.
In addition, the Training Load feature can now be seen as a graph, showing your cumulative training load in color coding. The easy-to-understand graph tells you when you will have recovered enough for your next session and accurately predicts how your cumulative training load will develop based on your training plan. This will prevent you from over training and enable you to tailor your training sessions accordingly.
“The RCX5 keeps up with you in the water, on the saddle, on your run, and online”, said Joona Laukka, Cycling, Running & Multisport Segment Manager for Polar Electro Oy. “A true multisport product, it features Sport Profiles which give you sport-specific training data and automatically recognize compatible sensors when you switch sport profiles. What’s more, everything is packed into a slim functional design with sporty looks.”
The RCX5 will be available in two colors, the smart black and the striking red, and in four different product sets with different sensors. The basic set includes the RCX5 training computer, the WearLink®+ Hybrid transmitter, the DataLink data transfer unit, and a Getting Started Guide. For runners, there is a product set with the s3+ stride sensor and cyclists can purchase a set with the CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. The multisport set comes with the new G5 GPS sensor. All these sets will be launched between May and July with the black RCX5. The striking red color design will be available in all four set combinations in September 2011.
No matter which product set you get, you can add compatible sensors later. All sensors can be purchased separately as accessories. The RCX5 is also compatible with the older G3 GPS sensor W.I.N.D. and the s3 stride sensor W.I.N.D. So if you want to upgrade your training computer, you don’t have to buy new sensors to enjoy the sport you love.
Founded in 1977, Polar Electro invented the first wireless heart rate monitor. Since then the Company has been leading the sports instruments and heart rate monitoring category through its in-depth understanding of human physiology, performance, and the environment. Polar works in close cooperation with leading sports institutes and governing bodies, and has, thus, become widely recognized as the pioneer and world’s leader of heart rate monitoring and fitness evaluation equipment.
Headquartered near Oulu in Finland, the company operates internationally in more than 80 countries and its products are sold through over 35,000 retailers globally.
Today, the award-winning Polar training computers are the number one choice among consumers worldwide. To learn more about how the wide range of Polar products and services can help you achieve your training goals and make your fitness story a success, please visit www.polaruk.co.uk