Tim Don, Olympian and world champion triathlete, rocked the Polar V800 Sports Watch during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week - and managed to finish a full Ironman-distance event in the hustle and bustle of Sin City.
Don finished the grueling event (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run) in a time of 9:40:21 - starting in the Venetian Casino Resort's outdoor lap pool. Swimming a full Ironman distance in a pool consisted of 120 laps - and he jumped on his bike and rode to the Polar booth in the Sands Expo, riding the rest of his bike leg on a CompuTrainer trainer.
The Polar V800 tracked his statistics during the event: "Over the course of the race, Don reached a maximum heart rate of 182 BPM, sustained an average heart rate of 132 BPM and burned a total of 6,716 calories. During his 49 minute swim, Don averaged 154 BPM and burned 728 calories. While on the bike, his average speed was 41.1 [km/h], burned 3,492 calories and averaged a heart rate of 135 BPM. His three hour marathon run resulted in an average pace of 5:05 min/km, an average cadence rpm of 84, a stride length of 111 cm and 2,496 burned calories."
Major props to anyone willing to get outside and get after it - but triathletes, especially those racing 70.3 (half Ironman) and full Ironman events are a special kind of nuts.
"Tim Don is an elite athlete and was the ideal addition to our CES activities this year," said Herb Baea, President of Polar USA. "What he was able to accomplish in one day at the Sands is what many train most of their lives for. Even with the transition Vegas thrown at him, he was able to demonstrate the power of our Polar V800 to all those in attendance and showed how our product helps athletes like himself train, prepare and recover."