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The draw: Structured trainer workouts
If you’re looking to get the most out of your indoor trainer sessions, it’s hard to beat the TrainerRoad platform. The popular service has highly structured workouts that aim to make your trainer sessions the most productive part of your weekly training schedule. The service’s new iOS app takes the bulk of the desktop functionality and rolls it onto your mobile device, so it’s easy to get set up and start pedaling.
The draw: Quick and easy route creation
Easy Route remains the best way to quickly scope out nearby running and riding options. It’s as simple as tapping your way around the app to determine a distance and reveal elevation profiles. This is different from using a generic mapping app as you can create complex loops and courses without knowing any addresses. Bonus: It has no cumbersome sign-ups or services to deal with.
The draw: Pool training anywhere
Whether traveling within the U.S. or abroad, Swim Radar is the best way to find a pool away from home. It’ll use your phone’s GPS to instantly pull up a listing of all nearby pools, including such details as pool length, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor facility, and contact information to confirm hours. You can filter pools by different parameters, as well as bookmark them for future trips.
The draw: Track friends on race day
If you’re looking to keep tabs on your triathlete friends and family (or your favorite pros), this is the app to have. IronTrac essentially takes the full Ironman athlete tracking site and condenses it. You can look up any athlete on the course and save them to a watch list, so you can quickly pull up his or her current splits and see their rankings over the course of the day.
The draw: Keep your nutrition honest
With MyFitnessPal you can easily track every last calorie using its massive food database, which allows you to save food favorites for quick access. More importantly, though, your intake data is then merged with your daily activity and workout expenditure data from a slew of third-party companies, including Garmin and soon Polar. This allows you to easily figure out predicted weight gain or loss.