I’ve been swept up in the fitness world’s obsession with wearables.
Most recently, I’ve gotten addicted to a nifty new gadget called the TickerX from WahooFitness, which is smarter than me.
I wanted it so I could track mileage, pace, heart rate and calorie burn, and map my routes. I’m getting ready for the Big Bend Ultra 30K in West Texas later this month, and this little device gives me all that plus a lot more information.
It tells me everything from cadence (stride rate) to smoothness in three dimensions – left to right, up and down and forward-backward. It tells me how many milliseconds my foot is in contact with the ground, and my body oscillation. All that, presumably, will help me correct my form.
To make it work, I snap on a chest strap and tuck my iPhone into an armpocket. (Or you can skip the phone and it’ll remember your heart rate, calorie burn and workout duration and sync it later).
When the workout’s done, I find myself scrolling through page after page of graphs that illustrate all my critical data. I can tell you that the hilly 14-mile trail run I did on New Year’s Day burned more calories than the flat 15-miler I ran on Christmas Day. I was a lot less smooth off road, too. The maps and graphs are so good I can see when I stopped for a stoplight or to tie a shoe.
My only complaint? I don’t like wearing a chest strap or an arm pocket to hold an iPhone, especially when it’s hot outside. But for now, it’s worth the annoyance.
It sells for about $100.