Here's the Plan
I will have my cool new Apple Watch 3 tomorrow. First thing I want to do is test it out with some sort of triathlon.
- 400m Open Water Swim in my local lake with a wetsuit (temperature is currently 17deg).
- 10k Road Bike on fairly flat route (here's the route)
- 2.5k Run around the lake (and here's that route)
Allowing for leisurely transitions at the lake and a fairly steady pace, I should do that in under an hour.
I'm going to record this entirely on my Apple Watch 3 using the standard Workouts app. I'll have my Garmin Forerunner 935 on my other arm though so I can do some comparisons post fun.
Here's what I think we will get with Apple Watch 3 (and what we won't)
Apple Watch 3 should handle the open watch swim just fine, tracking the time and route - it will be interesting to see if we get any HR data.
I expect to get accurate route and time, together with the HR data. With the Workout app there is no option for trying to connect my speed/cadence sensors or Power Meter, let alone my DI2 sensor, so for this workout I am not going to try. However this will be something I will be looking at by using other apps, and by using an Ant+ to BLE bridge in later posts.
Don't see any issues here. Will get the route, the time and the HR. As above I won't be attempting to connect my Stryd foot pod.
UPDATE - just ran a very easy paced 10K and recorded it using my Apple Watch series 2 running watchOS4, then exported it to Strava using the updated RunGap app, and was pleased to see that cadence was recorded too (even though it doesn't show anywhere I can see in the Apple Activity app)
I'll use the multi-sport features of the Workout app to hack transition data (see this post for details)
What's the point?
My goal here is to determine if Apple Watch 3 using the standard Apple Workout app can be useable to record a triathlon, even if it is just at short distances and with basic data. If it passes, then we can move on to bigger things and see how Apple Watch stacks up.