I figure it would be good to get a picture of where my training regime and tools are today. There’s a bunch of things I want to fix, but it’s always worth recording where I started and where I want to go.
I’ve been trying to do longer rides on the weekends and anything I can get during the week. So far, this has been OK. One to two rides Monday through Friday at around 10 miles, and then 20-40 mile rides somewhere between Friday and Sunday.
I’d love to push this to three times during the week with 15 miles each. I’d also like to push my weekend rides to 40-60 miles. I’d also really like to throw in some jogging or rowing at the gym on my lunch break… this is probably going to help me more than anything else.
Right now, I’m using three tools during my rides.
- Apple Watch
- Strava iPhone App
- Garmin Edge
After dicking around trying to use the Strava app on the watch, I’ve settled on using the 1st party activity app instead. The 3rd party app situation is just too unreliable. This gives me relatively accurate heart rate recording without wearing some chest strap.
The Strava app on the iPhone is essentially my gospel when it comes to evaluating my workout. It intelligently pauses based on movement, gives me social encouragement, and is far more accurate and easy to use than anything else.
The Garmin Edge serves to give me real-time feedback on how I’m doing. Because the app ecosystem around the Garmin is sub-standard, most of the data is thrown away. Having the Garmin means I can keep my phone in my back pocket.
Ideally, I’d like to consolidate this all down a bit. The Gramin should be able to transfer my activities to Strava, but I have to carry my phone anyway, so it’s not like I’m cutting down weight or gadgets.