@isazi Not had any GPS issues yet, but to be fair I don’t tend to bother about checking GPS accuracy too much - I only count PBs if they’re on a UK Athletics certified course (so my watch accuracy is irrelevant) and I do most of my interval workouts on a track or treadmill. Providing my distance is within a km or so of correct and I can see roughly where I went on a map then its good enough for me! (but I get that its really important to other people).
If Suunto sorted the multiple sensors and the link of workouts from TrainingPeaks (the latter of which I am optimistic about) then I’d definitely be interested in moving back - but currently a Fenix 3 Sapphire second hand is £100 vs Suunto 9 Baro second hand at £180…
@ldxmsg The S9B OHR works much better for you than me! The only way I can get good OHR from the S9 is to wear it halfway up my forearm. That is not my preferred place for wearing a watch. Part of this may be due to cold weather and blood flow under the sensor not so great until you warm up.
I come from a Polar S810 before I moved onto the Ambit 2S back in 2014 or so (because there was no way to synchronize this old Polar on a new Windows 8.1 computer… ). The Polar gave you different phases with each a number of repetitions. So when you wanted to program a pyramid interval, you had a lot of sets of one interval each. A hassle to set up, but it was possible. The Ambit series allow you to program it in some sort of code, the latest Suunto models don’t allow this currently it seems. How useful it is? I honestly don’t know. For ramping isometric strength training you work with constant intervals but ramp up the intensity so the fixed intervals of the the latest models are fine. But for running I actually like variable intervals and/or recoveries. When intervals are supposed to be all out, it is just easier to work with intervals decreasing in length (like the second half of the pyramid intervals). I think you’d otherwise end up preserving energy for the last few sets whereas otherwise you will actually always go all out the way you’re supposed to. But maybe the experts will tell me here that this makes zero sense from a training perspective ;). Indeed all training exercises I’ve been given by actual coaches have been with fixed length intervals.
Either way, what the Suunto 5 and Suunto 9 seem to have is SuuntoPlus with the “sprint” option. I haven’t tried this yet (have the Suunto 5) but it is supposed to recognize when you perform the interval. So if you have a separate interval timer (like the Gymboss unit, an old Polar watch, or a coach, or a training partner, or landmarks etc) you can just let that/those trigger you to perform the interval and the Suunto watch will register this as such. This function only works for running with GPS or footpod though, so for other sports you might need something else.
@isazi , idk, you tell me 🙂
Just for some reson people tend to discredit A3P structured intervals for things like “fixed length warmup does not really work for me” or “structured intervals are too strict to be useful (for group training)” and the like. I mean generally, not just in this thread. But those are more like user errors or restrictions set by users themselves, not some shortcomings set by Workout system.
Whoever defined how A3P Workouts should behave, came up with some absolutely brilliant ideas. Though locking the builder only into app was not one of those… But the flexibility of this thing is still nothing but awesome 🙂