Thursday, March 12, 2009

Poor Mans GPS Training

For those of you who like to train for races, training with a GPS unit is great. Obviously it will track your route and give you lots of data to play with. But you don't need a GPS receiver to get all the same benefits. Here are a few free tools.
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The first step is to map out your workout. A GPS will work, or you can do it manually then download. This site, veloroutes.org is a nice site to make maps on. Click on your route and it will automatically plot it for you along the roads. This makes the map clean and accurate.

Mapmyrun.com is a nice site that will let you kep track of your workouts, make and share maps as well as a good collection of running resources.
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This is my favorite site for tracking workouts. Since I like doing triathlons I use this site almost daily. It has a good mapping feature, nutrition tacking, and swim, bike and run data. Basic use is free but I would suggest the $25 upgrade, it has better route tracking and other little features. You can upload data from your GPS unit or upload a veloroute.org map.
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You need a good place to find races. Active.com is becoming the place to look. Lots of races will use Active to register participants. If you haven't yet you will need to register for a free account to get the most out of it.

I'm using this Spring season to get out of the house and get moving again. It feels great!

1 comment:

  1. I have used Active.com for my bike rides I do. I will look into the GPS stuff since I am thinking about buying a Garmin GPS for my road bike.

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