Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tools of the Trade

Lets face it, we all use the Internet in the form of blogs, online magazines, friends, facebook, etc to learn about new training techniques and races. So my question to all of you is two you use any apps in your training (iPhone or Droid)? If so, what apps do you use and why?

Here is a list of my favorite training apps, non-training apps and ones I think I may purchase.


  • Nike +, this app tracks your runs for least in theory! I had a pair of Nike + running shoes that completely hurt my feet. I have since switched to Brooks which feel like I am running on a mattress! One problem, the Nike + only seems to work about 75% of the time, regardless of the shoes.

  • Couch to 5K, not my favorite, but I know a ton of people that love it, including Totally the Turtle.

  • Strava, this app tracks your rides for you via the GPS. It will tell you your pace, distance, climbs, etc and track your progress over multiple rides so you can see your improvement.

  • Nike Training, great for short strength workouts! Some of the workouts are only 15 minutes long which is perfect to get in a great Ab killer.

  • My 24, this allows me to keep track of all the spin classes (and other classes) that 24 Hour Fitness has in my area.

Training Wish List

  • First Time Triathlon, looks like a useful training tool and would take all the guess work out of my training plan.

Non Training

  • Words with Friends, my wife always beats me at this game, but it's still fun!

  • MLB, enough said.

  • Facebook, because we all need to stay connected!

  • Too many more to list!

So, what apps do you use for both training and non-training?


  1. For training, I don't consider them "apps," but Dailymile and excel. I wear a wrist watch (no GPS) and have a simple bike computer. I type everything in on my own.

    For non-training, I have Facebook.

  2. Training wise I use daily mile and my coach's training log. Non-training I am over the top so I won't list them all! Whoops! Yeah, I am a geek.

  3. I don't really use apps anymore. Multiple Garmins, SportTracks, and TrainingPeaks get the job done for me. However, in the early Android days I did use MyTracks which was a decent app. The GPS data could be synced up to Google Maps as could a spreadsheet of the important data.

  4. I have dailymile, but have yet to be consistent in logging there. And you know all the other apps that I have. I think Old navy might be my favorite...