Pro triathlete Luke Bell visits Garmin headquarters


“In yesterday’s race, 10-12 triathletes exited the water at the same time,” Luke said. But coming out of transition, it was down to three of us. Transition time is important and cutting that down by even five seconds can make a difference.”

Luke said the two metrics he relies on most for his training are power and pace. Power data is particularly important for his analysis after an event. “I’m looking at my watts per kilo and how even the graph was,” Luke said. “We’re looking for that straight-line graph. It’s about finding that threshold and holding it.” He then explained how during a race, you may have to cross that threshold temporarily to stay with the pack. “For the first hour of my bike in Hawaii, my power was averaging 400 watts, so I know I’m not going to hold this for the entire race, but you know the other guys won’t either. So you stick with it and adjust later in the race.”

He also shared some insight into nutrition needs during a longer race and how he uses the 310XT to monitor those needs. Luke’s advice was of particular interest to one of our lead software designers who just competed at Ironman 70.3 Kansas yesterday and fought tummy turmoil on the run. “It’s about drip feeding,” said Luke. “If you dump 300 calories into your stomach at once, you’ll be in trouble. I take fluid every 10 minutes and food every 15 minutes. Triathletes on a longer course can run their nutrition breaks off the alerts on the watch or just watching the timer.”

Luke Bell Garmin visit 6.13.11 008-smHere, Luke learns about Garmin's sophisticated prototyping process  from one of our lead product designers Jon, also featured in this video on the Forerunner 610's award-winning design. Thanks to Luke and his top support official, Lucy, for taking time out of their travel schedule to visit with us. Gaining valuable feedback from pro athletes like Luke helps our engineers continue improving our fitness devices for our customers around the world.

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