Race Pace in RCX5

Race Pace feature helps you achieve a target time for a set distance by guiding you to stay at a steady speed/pace. All you need to do is to define a target time for a distance, e.g. 45 minutes for a 10 kilometer run, and start training.

During training your training pace/speed is checked against the set target pace/speed. RCX5 then lets you know how far ahead or behind you are, and what pace/speed you should be at to achieve your target.

If you use Race Pace to train, the ZoneOptimizer feature will not be available for you.

How do I turn on the Race Pace Feature?

Before using Race Pace, check that your speed sensorCS speed sensor W.I.N.D., s3+/s3 stride sensor, OR G3/G5 GPS sensor is enabled for the sport profile you're using.

If you are using s3+/s3 make sure the sensor is calibrated for the target speed.

1. In Time mode press Up or Down to enter Menu.
2. Select Applications with Up/Down button and press OK.
3. Select Race pace and press OK. Speed sensor required is shown if you have not enabled any speed sensor.
4. Select the desired sport and press OK.
5. Select Set race pace and press OK.
6. Set target distance, Kilometers/ Miles is shown. Press Up/Down button to adjust the distance. Press OK.
7. Set target time is shown. Adjust Hours and press OK. Adjust Minutes and Seconds with Up/Down button and press OK.
8. Race pace set to xx:xx km/h, min/km, min/mi or mph is displayed.

How do I train with Race Pace?

1. To start training session with the Race Pace in time mode press Up or Down to enter Menu.
2. Select Applications with Up/Down button and press OK.
3. Select Race pace and press OK.
4. Select the sport and press OK.
5. Select Start session with race pace and press OK. Race Pace set to xx:xx is displayed. You can now start your training session.

6. Sport is shown and sensor search starts. Press OK to start the training session.

/ / : Tells if you are ahead or behind the target pace.
(shown icon depends on used sport type)
-0:57: Time behind (+) / ahead (-)
If there are only sport type icon shown you are heading according to set time.
5:05 min/km: Speed/pace needed to achieve the target.
This is pace that you need to follow until the set time is reached in order to gain your set target.
The value takes into account your speed so far and changes according to time you have left.
9:2 km: Distance left to reach the target.
Current speed/pace
Current heart rate

After you have reached the set distance view changes to show your current pace and heart rate.

How do I create a Race Pace target in polarpersonaltrainer.com?

You can also use polarpersonaltrainer.com to create a Race Pace target and then synchronize it to your RCX5.

1. Click on a future date in polarpersonaltrainer.com Diary and select Add NewRace Pace Target.
2. Fill in the fields including target distance and time.
3. Save the target.

The created Race Pace target is transferred to your RCX5 next time you synchronize it with the web service.

To start a synced Race Pace exercise, press Up or Down button in Time mode to enter Menu.
Select Program and press OK.
Select the Race Pace exercise and press OK to start.

If you synchronize your data to polarpersonaltrainer.com after training, Race Pace is displayed in polarpersonaltrainer.com Training Result. Race Pace tab in training result shows the curve of selected training data and a map of your route when GPS data has been available. The blue horizontal line in the graph indicates the steady pace needed to finish the set distance on time.

Place your mouse over the curve to see your heart rate and distance at a desired point of the session.
Also shown are:
- speed needed to reach the target
- time difference
- distance difference at the point
- location on the map (when GPS data available)