Polar sponsors CES 2015 Ironman triathlon

v800_black_550x600_0Regardless if you are an athlete, you are likely at least familiar with what a triathlon is. What you may not know is that the Ironman distance is the toughest of them all — yes that’s where the Timex watch got its name. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured a race for the first time, this one sponsored by Polar.

The company is a leading manufacturer of exercise gear of a technological nature — heart rate monitors and such. If you participate in endurance sports then you are likely already familiar with the name.

Polar also had one athlete test its wares during the course of participation. “Olympian and professional triathlete Tim Don demonstrated the Polar V800 multisport training computer during the event by swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles in 09:40:21.  Click here for images and video of the whole triathlon“.

The numbers relayed were a bit staggering — “Throughout the day, Don wore the Polar V800 to track his statistics during the triathlon.  Over the course of the race, Don reached a maximum heart rate of 182 BPM, sustained an average heart rate of 132 BPM and burned a total of 6,716 calories.  During his 49 minute swim, Don averaged 154 BPM and burned 728 calories.  While on the bike, his average speed was 41.1 [km/h], burned 3,492 calories and averaged a heart rate of 135 BPM.  His three hour marathon run resulted in an average pace of 5:05min/km, an average cadence rpm of 84, a stride length of 111 cm and 2,496 burned calories”. That’s some serious effort.

The device isn’t cheap, as it retails for just over $500. However, if you’re serious about your sport then it could be worth your investment.

Troubling Satellite Gap

Whenever a major storm like Sandy develops, one of the tools that are used by scientist to follow and predict the storm’s path are the polar satellites. These satellites fly pole to pole, crossing the equator in the afternoon. The data that these satellites provide allow scientists to more accurately predict the path of the storm up to 5 days ahead. This can make it easier to prepare for disaster and get the relief to where it is needed.

There is a growing problem though these satellites are past their life expectancy and their replacements the J. P. S. S will not be ready until 2017. This will leave at least a year gap in coverage. This will make it more difficult to predict the path of a major storm. If the information coming from these satellites had not been available during the 2010 blizzard studies show that forecasters would have under estimated the storms power by half. The gap between the two system according to independent studies is a result of mismanagement, lack of funds and delays at NOAA ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association,)

Right now there is an army of utility trucks headed toward various locations on the East coast. Without these satellites and the information they provide it would have been more difficult for agencies to know where to send these trucks, possibly delaying the recovery by days. As the number of storms and their power seems to be increasing the data these satellites provide become more and more important.  We can not prevent natural disasters, but with the proper information we can limit their effect and get the relief where it is needed and that is where these satellites come in.