Choosing the right Garmin watch for you

3. Forerunner 920XT

I’m Finlay and I have worked at Run4It for just over 4 years. I have a degree in Applied Sports Science and I race triathlon.

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

I race long distance triathlon-70.3 and Ironman distance. My PB for Ironman is 9 hours and 15 minutes. My goal is come top 10 at Ironman UK this year. I train for 15-25 hours per week depending on what block of training I’m in. I race for a team called G-Squad but I do most of my training by myself as my sessions are very pace/intensity specific.

For me, feedback is everything. I want all the data I can possibly have about my sessions. My coach also wants to be able to see all my numbers from training so he can see if I’ve been working at the right intensity. I want a Garmin that’s geared-up for multi-sport. One that tells me how hard I’ve worked and gives me the most relevant metrics for swimming, cycling and running.

Swim Features

The Forerunner 920XT is perfect for my pool training as it counts all my lengths for me and I can set up intervals on the device so I don’t have to clock watch. It also measures my stroke rate and gives me feedback on my efficiency (SWOLF score). The open water function is by far the best I’ve used. It is incredibly accurate as uses GLONAS too. Being able to do intervals in open water has made a big difference to my training.

Bike FeaturesFinlay

I train with power on the bike which means that I measure how many watts I’m doing. My Garmin pairs with my power meter and shows me exactly how hard I’m working. It is great to have speed and heart rate on the screen, but the best measure of performance and training intensity is power. I can also see any phone notifications on my device while I’m out and people can even track where I am on the bike.

The WIFI on the watch is one my favourite features and means my session uploads automatically when I get home.

Run Features

For me one of the best bits about the Forerunner 920XT is that I can have a lot of information on the screen while I’m running. My chosen four are pace, average pace, distance and time. I can put in specific sessions that I want to do. Like I was saying feedback is everything and the Forerunner 920XT running dynamics tells me everything I need to know. It gives me a very accurate estimation of my VO2 max alongside telling me how efficiently I am running. It’s very interesting to see how my form can change from one run to another.

Finally, the Forerunner 920XT is perfect for race day. The triathlon mode builds in transitions and switches between modes so makes it incredibly easy. Being able to look back at my race stats and see what I did right and what I did wrong is very important to me. It allows me to measure my progression accurately. Even knowing that the run was 500m too long which is why time was a bit off is great to know because then I won’t get frustrated with a good run.

Buy It For:
Multi-sport, advanced running dynamics
Battery Life: Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode and up to 24 hours in normal training mode
Price: Now £329 | Save £80

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