Along with the new Suunto Ambit3 Vertical, Stryd power meter compatibility has been made available for all Suunto Ambit3 watches. But what does a power meter actually measure and why should you consider running with power?
Power meter measures the amount of physical effort needed to perform a certain activity, like running. The effort is measured in watts. Training with power isn’t anything new in cycling, pros have been using power meters to target their training since the 80s, but only recently power meters have started to break-through in running.
The main advantage gained with a power meter is precision. The power meter reveals exactly how hard you really work and how much power you produce. It is also easy to see progress when analyzing the watts.
3 BENEFITS FOR RUNNING WITH POWER
1. Get immediate information on your effort. Power reacts to your effort faster than heart rate and e.g. on uphills and intervals it reacts immediately. Pacing yourself using running power is more accurate than following heart rate or running pace.
2. Follow your running efficiency using running power. The lower power you use to run on a certain pace in the same conditions, the more efficient you are.
3. Evaluate how tough a certain running course is. As running power is not affected by heart rate you can classify a running course in terms of running power and follow how your heart rate and running pace develop on that course.
ALL AMBIT3 WATCHES ARE NOW COMPATIBLE WITH STRYD
All Ambit3 watches are compatible with Stryd power meters for running. The power meter is paired as a heart rate belt and measures heart rate and running power in watts. (Please note that although compatible with Stryd power meter for running, the Ambit3 Run is not compatible with power meters in general.)
In addition to pairing the Stryd power meter, you should adjust your sport modes also to include power.
RUNNING POWER WORKS WITH MOST AMBIT2 WATCHES TOO
Stryd power meter for running is compatible with all Ambit2 watches except Ambit2 Run. With Ambit2 watches, the Stryd power is paired as a heart rate belt and a Power POD and sports modes must be set to search for both sensors.