The world of athletics has become extremely competitive. Athletes are stronger, faster and smarter. Athletes even use technology such as film and statistics analysis to get an edge on their opponents. If you want to be able to compete at the highest level, you have to use every advantage you can get.
One advantage you might not have tried yet is a GPS watch. These watches are so precise they can pinpoint your exact location any where in the world with only a few feet margin of error. Using a GPS watch you can get real-time data such as speed, heart rate, distance, elevation, heading, calories burned and a lot more. Most professional athletes use some kind of interval training and with these watches you can setup interval workouts where it will sound when it is time to sprint or jog. With the more advanced models you can setup goals for speed, distance, heart rate and more.
Probably the most important feature of these watches is the ability to sync the data stored in memory of your watch with your computer. Most GPS watches come with some type of software which will allow you to analyze your data. With this software you can compare heart rate, speed, distance, etc. on line graphs and discover your strengths and weaknesses. Using such websites as Garmin Connect and Training Peaks you can meet other competitive minded people and compare your statistics to others which will help motivate you to work harder.
One problem many athletes have, especially those that travel frequently, is being able to stay focused and keep track of one’s progress on the road. With the help of a GPS watch one can maintain his workout program and no longer wonder how many miles he ran. Also, these watches have GPS navigation so that if you get lost in an unknown area you can use your running watch to direct you back to where you started.