But, what if athletes hate having that strap around their chest for upwards of 12 hours? It can chafe. It can lose contact unless lubricated. Nothing’s more frustrating than looking down at the monitor and seeing a flatline, and hopefully it’s just due to equipment malfunction. The strap can wear out. The strap can fray. The connection points can pop off when adjusting on the fly and require stoppage of motion to re-attach. All bad situations.
Setup is pretty straight forward. After initial charge up and setting the time and some heart rate zones, after 15 minutes, the Alpha is ready to hit the streets. Triathletes in a hurry and with no patience should find the MIO Alpha a welcomed addition the training arsenal. The only catch with this type of heart rate monitor is that it must be turned “on” to start monitoring.
The wrist strap on the Alpha is a soft supple rubber that has elastic properties. It needs to be flexible in order to get the strap tight enough to allow the sensor to function properly. What’s also a nice is their is the absence of the loop for the end of the strap to stop it from flapping around. An ingenious design has little rubber pegs on the strap end that snap into holes on the strap, essentially holding the end of the strap secure onto itself.
Ryan Falkenrath is a married father of two young kids, owner of two dogs and trying to balance life, work and multisport. He writes the blog f alkeetriathlon.blogspot.com , Endurance Sports Examiner and runs the Man Vs Triathlon project while participating in multisport events since 2001 from 5k's to Half Ironmans (soon to be Ironman distance in 2013). Contact Ryan at: email@example.com or follow him on @TriJayhawkRyan .