Posts Tagged biking
As the Tour de France amps up, so does the population’s interest in one of the world’s most accessible sports. Whatever people’s reasons, they are turning in droves to biking, and iBike Powerhouse is ready to help them achieve their goals.
Available for $279, the iBike Powerhouse is both an iOS app and peripheral that measures detailed information about your ride. The software then presents users with a heavily customized training plan that is meant to fit both the users goals and time availability. Among the datapoints that are measure include speed, cadence, and power exerted both in real time and over the entire ride.
When used in combination with dedication and a strict exercise regimen, it would be amazing to see the overall results. Though the pricepoint may seem a little steep for some, there are bound to be plenty that finds this to be just what the doctor ordered. Who says you have to wait until New Year’s to reshape yourself?
Did you know that May is National Bike Month in the USA? If the weather’s anything like it is here in the UK, it’s perfect biking weather too.
But how do you track your cycling workout? Use iMapMyRIDE of course! The app uses your iPhone’s GPS to track your average pace and speed in order to log and analyze how you’re doing. Plus there’s an interactive map feature so you can keep track of your routes as well as your friends.
It’s easy to set up and use with a couple of simple taps stopping and starting the timer, plus it automatically uploads the data to your iMapMyRIDE account. As is increasingly customary with such apps, you can also set it to automatically let people know via Twitter and Facebook how you’re doing.
The standard iMapMyRIDE is a free download that’s ad supported or you can download the $4.99 version and have the added benefit of iPod integration, geo tagging photo functionality and no more ads.
And don’t forget to cycle plenty in May! Apps like this are sure to motivate you.
Biking by its nature is a bit of a solitary activity. Sure, you could choose to go riding with a friend or family member, but most likely you are never on the same page in terms of pacing and/or distance, which makes at least one of the riders have to compromise their own competitive needs. When you want to let loose and really pull away from the pack, there is nothing more frustrating than having to wait for Uncle Sal to catch his breath because that last chilli dog is catching up with him.
Why not instead allow yourself the full social experience of riding, while not having to deal with any dead weight dragging you down? The new app Strava Cycling allows you to do just that, while also keeping track of your personal stats, ride after gut wrenching ride. Some of the software’s unique features include:
- Record your bike rides, view maps and analyze ride data.
- Compete for King and Queen of the Mountain honors on auto-detected climbs.
- Motivate yourself to ride further and faster, and move higher on the leaderboards.
- Instantly upload your rides to the Strava.com community, where you can track your performance, enter events, and join clubs.
Not only will this app help you to keep better track of your progress throughout the training process, but it will bring out the best in your competitive side as well. Just imagine getting to the bottom a hill, only to see the top ten people who have completed that climb ahead of you. This would be amazing in cities with a large population, but be ready to face some stiff challenges from the crowd. Here is to hoping that some jerk on a moped doesn’t ruin the curve for everyone else!
Strive to make yourself better by taking on the best that your community has to offer. You will certainly not regret it.
Released: 2011-03-24 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness