During a live YouTube event COROS announced the Pace 2 Speed Series. This is the COROS Pace 2, coming in three new colors and limited edition or seasonal as COROS calls it. The new colors are Red, like a track, Green like the forest, and Gold, like a medal. And the new colors are available for $199 and will start shipping on May 31st.
Apparently all of you keep misplacing your chargers and a complaint that COROS got a lot of complaints and perhaps purchase from you. So in an attempt to help you not lose your cable, they’ve come up with a cable that you can stick on your keychain and always have it with you. As a bonus, you’ll never be caught with an empty battery!
The USB keychain charging cable costs $24.99. A bit of a steep price, but it could also be a nice gift!
New Evolab platform Software
COROS seems to have worked very hard over the past year and are introducing a slew of new software features. The new features will become available to the Pace 2, APEX Pro, APEX and VERTIX over the next couple of weeks as firmware is rolled out and apps get updated. A lot of these metrics might sound familiar to Garmin users, it seems that COROS had a good look at the Garmin Forerunner 745 for example. The new features seem to benefit runners mostly, which are also the majority of their users, so it makes sense. I do expect COROS to roll these features, or their equivalents, out for cyclists in the future too.
Training load – Get a real time training load metric. This data is based on your workout intensity and duration. Training load is a valuable metric as it can help you build your fitness when used in a responsible way. This comes with a load range recommendation too. You can compare this to Garmin’s training load, except that the numbers are just a bit different.
Training Effect – This calculates the training load per minute. And sets this out on aerobic and anaerobic values. What is the effect on your run when you are moderately working out or when you are going at max intensity. It’s calculated to a number ranging from 0 to 5.
Base fitness and load impact – Feedback based on accumulated training load. Past 7 days. previous 6 weeks base fitness.
Recovery Timer – Based on your base fitness and your last workout.
Marathon Level – This gives you a number and prediction for a marathon on a flat surface. During training you should see this number slowly improve over time.
Running Performance – This data ranges from 80% to 120% and takes in much more than just your runs. Stress, Sleep, Recovery, Previous training. The Running Performance compares your last run to previous runs. If you drop below 100, it means you were not performing as well as before. Anything over 100 means you are performing better than expected. This only compares to your runs.
Race predictor – It will give you a prediction time for a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon based on your past six weeks of training.
VO2 Max – This is a highly valued metric to indicate your fitness lever. It’s estimated on heart rate and pace during your recent runs. VO2 max is quite a steady figure and should improve over time (if you do more than maintenance).
Lactate Threshold zones – these are important for your training effect. The Lactate threshold zones will tell you when your body switches from aerobic to anaerobic work. So when your lactate acid builds up faster than what your body can remove. Too long and you won’t be able to keep it up. So stay just under and you should be able to keep going.
First Generation Pace
Now for first generation Pace owners, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you will get all the metrics in evolab. The bad news is that it’s not coming on your watch. The watch itself is simply not capable of calculating this for you.
As said, no change in price for the Coros Pace 2 in its new colors. You can buy the Pace 2 immediately at the COROS website and in a couple of days on Amazon.
Just a note about the “links to buy” in this article, as they are sponsored. I do look for the lowest price I can find at the time of writing in a handful of stores, but by using the links I earn from qualifying purchases made through these links.