As you can see from my previous posts, I am a happy user of the Performance Phones NK Speedcoach app for iPhone, and recently an update was released which I think deserved a post!
You can read about the app here, but the main update that I wanted to talk about was Update 3.0 which added support for MapMyTracks. If you haven’t heard of the site before, it is a website where you can upload your training sessions live (or after the workout is done), and then review the workout afterwards in realtime, or the complete workout, however you like. It also has social features so you can share the workout, live or otherwise, with friends/coaches and you can also follow other people to see how they are getting on. Now as of Update 3.0 the NK iPhone app now supports uploading live to MapMyTracks (with options to change the amount of updates made). Here is an example of one of my workouts so you can get a feel of what it looks like after upload
Why do I think this is a great update? Heres a couple of reasons
- The last couple of years social networking and sports have, rightly or wrongly, been getting more and more intertwined, be it National Squad crew announcements popping up on Twitter or athletes talking about recent changes to coaching techniques on website forums. In a relatively small and spread out sport like rowing (where sometimes clubs have limited resources and can be situated a long way away from another club) anything that can encourage people to share what they are up to to help and encourage others can only be a good thing in my opinion. As an example two single scullers who are miles apart and wouldn’t normally interact could share and follow each others workouts, seeing what each other are up to and using it as motivation to “one up” each other.
- Another potential use could be by coaches who are coaching from a distance (like this) could use it to keep tabs on their athletes to see what kind of work they are doing and how it is going
- There’s also the safety aspect to consider, with a live update from the boat it would be very easy to track where the boat was should the boat flip or poor weather came in, something a lot of single scullers who tend to train alone should consider.
All in all I think this is a very good update and would encourage everyone who has the app to update and use it, feel free to share your own account in the comments!