I’m hoping this will help motivate me through winter training… I needed a little bit of a kick in the pants. I haven’t been getting out there pounding the pavement.
I love my phone as a training buddy. I have a Photon. Android duh. For the longest time I have been using my iTouch along with a Nike+ app. We had a good run (pun intended, after I said it). It was missing something. GPS. I know, I could have my Touch strapped to my arm and my Photon in it’s holster. However when I would add my heart rate monitor. Hello Mr. Roboto.
You’ve got to give this app a try.
I want to run a half marathon by August. So I wanted a training plan. I also wanted to make sure I was getting into the gym to increase my strength. So I wanted a training plan (actually I was just hoping for one, but now I know it has one, so it works in the post). The adidas micoach does both! It even created a workout calendar to follow!
The app is very intuitive. I am writing this starting on day one. I am amazed. I have completed an assessment workout that is the foundation for the 1/2 marathon workouts to follow. When I completed it, it showed me my splits (based on gps) for each level of intensity (on your phone and your micoach webpage). The intensity was based on effort, starting at 4 and going to maximum effort of 10. So now it knows, while I am doing my next workout, if I am giving the right effort. Oh yeah, there is a coach that gives you direction while you are working out (music too). You could have a computer dude or chick. You could even opt for Reggie Bush! Kinda cool.
Today, I did my first strength training workout. It had a workout planned from warm-up to strength. Of exercises I have never even done. It was OK, because each exercise had a companion “how to” video for form. It also kept time, amount of reps and sets. Then at the end it gave you the total pounds you lifted, time spent on workout, and calories burned. Pretty cool. However, I do feel like a NERD walking around the gym staring at my phone. Of course that was only during the first set. Then I was able to remember the circuit and finish without glancing at it.
I don’t know. I think it is pretty cool. Enough for me to waste time at work to tell you about it. I don’t know why I haven’t heard more about it. It is way better than Nike’s app and it is a lot more powerful than other paid apps in the Play store.
DoubleTwist added this with their latest release. That is awesome too! but… this will do more than just music. uh oh. Is their an need for Box.net then either? This one app could eliminate two others….
Wait and see I guess, but it looks that way.
<div class=”posterous_quote_citation”>Check out this website I found at <a href=”http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-google-android-maps-mytracks-iwn.aspx” >androlib.com</a></div>Yesterday was the first ride of the year. I am not sure what I was thinking but 41 degrees and partly cloudy with a breeze seemed OK. It wasn’t all my fault, of course. Google was egging me on with there new function in Google Maps called “Bike There”. It’s as it sounds, directions to your destination via your bicycle. Google selects (try’s) your route based on bike friendly streets and least amount of hills.I know that doesn’t sound too tempting, but Google was throwing in a new bike if you tweet your ride using #bikewithgoogle has tag. Your ride would be selected at random between March 10-19th. So waiting for the sun in Omaha was not an option. The bike routes are cool, but not geeky enough. I had to geek it up a notch!I got my HTC Hero in Oct. 2009. I have had this app on it in anticipation of using it this spring; Google’s My Tracks. When ever I go on a ride now I can record where I went. This by itself would be cool, but it does even more. While it’s recording your route it is also monitoring your speed and elevation. So now when I am finished with a ride I can see my time, speed, avg. speed, highest elevation, and lowest elevation. All this information is visible on your phone on three different screens. The main screen is the Google Map that is used to show your location and highlight your route. Once you touch your phone’s screen a directional arrow is visible to take you to evaluate your “time”. This will show you an overview of your current speed, average speed, moving time, min & max elevation, and also percentages of grade you rode. Again touch your phones screen and you can go to “graph”. Here you’ll see all the information from your “time” just shown to you in graph form. Very geek. Very cool. This information doesn’t have to just live on your phone. In fact you can sync to your Google Maps and Google Doc’s to share or access later.I don’t know if you realize this or not but they make bike computers that record this same information for over $200. Google is giving it to you for FREE! To run on a Google Android GPS enabled phone.So I tried to insert the QR Code to download to your phone. If it doesn’t work go to Androlib that is where I got the pictures for this post.