We have had such great success with our Welcome Runs lately that we have decided to make them a monthly occurrence for our MRTT group. We have regular weekly runs with pretty good attendance, however whenever we have a welcome run loads of ladies come out.
We always try to encourage newer members to join the runs but I think they are intimidated or unsure about their pace. Having an official welcome run with a shorter route planned, really appeals to everyone and we plan to end our run right at one of our favorite breakfast spots. So much about our MRTT group is social and hey we all love to run for food right?! Usually once ladies come out for a Welcome Run, they see we are not so scary and end up coming out for regular runs. Win-Win!
This month we had a little extra incentive as well. A rep from TomTom (Brian) offered to come out with some demo watches for us all to wear during our run. Our members were able to ask questions and try out the watches on their run.
Coincidentally, I had just purchased a Tom Tom Multisport watch myself a few months ago. I figured this was the perfect time to do a review of my Tom Tom Multisport watch.
I purchased my Tom Tom back in February in preparation for my upcoming triathlon season. I was ready to buy the Garmin for double the price when I discovered this one. Like many of you, I’ve gone through a number of watches over the past few years. Honestly, I am not very patient or tech savvy and ended up giving away a few of my watches because I was too frustrated and couldn’t figure them out. Some took too long to link up to the satellite and that frustrated me as well. I bought the watch without the Heart Rate monitor in it. At the time, I wasn’t ready to put the extra money into it and wasn’t sure if I would like it but now I wish I had! The cardio version (under $250) has a built in wrist Heart Rate sensor so need to wear a chest strap. I purchased mine on Amazon (affiliate link) for under $150 which I thought was a steal.
The Tom Tom Multisport is geared for well just that-moving between running, cycling and swimming with the same watch on. I started using it for swimming and loved how it accurately detailed my workouts and had not problems getting wet.
-One button controls everything and you can easily navigate by moving it up, down or to the side
-Large, easy to read displays
-The bands are available in multiple colors and can be switched out
-Easy to clean after swimming or sweating
-Displays distance, time, speed & pace
-Waterproof up to 50M
-Quick link to the satellite
-Easy to switch between the swim, bike, run modes in seconds
-Different settings allow you to race your own best time etc.
-Comes with a bike mount
-Workouts can be easily uploaded and viewed on the TomTom site or can sync to other apps like Map My Fitness
So Far the only drawbacks that I see are:
1. When using my TomTom on my bike, the watch does not stop when I stop at a crosswalk for example. I would have to manually pause it if I wanted to get an accurate time for my bike ride. I did find out from the TomTom rep the other day that I could purchase an additional bike sensor that would ultimately do this for me. So that’s next on my list!
2. A cord is needed to upload and sync the information instead of being able to link wirelessly.
Over all, I am really happy with my TomTom multisport. I am finding that I can easily link to the satellite. With my old Nike watch, I had to stand there for a few minutes just waiting and waiting for it to link. I love the way I can easily switch between run, bike and swim modes during training and racing. My workout info is easily uploaded and stored so I can compare workouts.
If you are looking for a mulitsport watch in a reasonable price range, I completely recommend the TomTom multisport. I was not compensated in any way for this review and all thoughts and opinions are as always my own.
Do you use a multisport watch? What features do you look for?