Thursday, April 08, 2010

Adidas miCoach Review: Week 4

This is week 4 of my four week review of Adidas miCoach. Read the whole series here.

After my rant last week about the inability to create custom interval workouts on miCoach, I got a nice little comment on the post to checkout a new custom workout builder "next" week. Well well, come this week and I got this and more:

Custom workout builder

One of the two most useful additions to the miCoach website, this one completely fixes my issues with the interval workouts from last week. Here's a quick rundown on building a custom interval workout:

Select your workout type

Then you define your interval workout. You can set the warmup/cooldown sections and upto 8 different kinds of interval sections. You also need to set the number of repetitions for the interval sections.

An overview of what your heart rate zones for the workout will look like, and you are done.

This is almost perfect for my needs. One thing which will make it even better is that if one could also set the "duration" for the interval sections in terms of distance and not just time. But overall, its a job well done and its dead easy to define your own interval workouts.

Forum

Another welcome addition is the brand new forum. There's the "help" section and then there's the "talk" section -- the former to seek help regarding the device or the website (presumably there would be some admins there), and the latter for general discussion around running and the device (I am sure there will soon be a few bragging contests around people's running "achievements" :P )

Achievments

A novelty feature, mostly. But certainly makes you feel good!

Add/edit routes

Another new addition is that you can pin your routes on a map (via Google Maps). You can supposedly add ratings, notes, etc. This is something I haven't really used much yet, so can't say much about it. I guess I'll add some of my running routes in Gurgaon and Jalandhar at some point of time.

Conclusion

I was a little low on running mileage this week -- managed only a short interval workout on one of the weekdays and then an 18K run on Sunday. All in all, I've put in nearly 90 km worth of outdoor running (not counting treadmill runs in the gym) in the last four weeks (I know its not much -- will have to gradually increase my mileage again), and I have come away quite impressed with the product. Some of the more useful things for me have been:

Another way I benefited from this device was that I picked up my running momentum again. Since I had no major upcoming events to run in since the Mumbai marathon in Jan, I had slacked off quite a bit on running in February. Thanks to the obligations placed by the miCoach contract, running is back on track :) Hopefully things will continue to get better.

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Comments:
very interesting and is helping influence my decision on whether to buy one or opt for Nike's cheaper alternative. it is interesting you mentioned interval training as this is the principle reason I want a HR and pacer combination (mostly for football/soccer training I suppose)

I would favour this linking properly with the iphone application (right now no HR and pacer sync).

thanks again, really good read.
 
I am confused whether to Polar RS300x or Adidas miCoach. Which one is better?
 
@Boaz Good to know that the posts were useful for you. Hope you've picked something by now.

@Anonymous I've never used Polar. So can't really compare, sorry.
 
Well I would like to buy for scoccer indoor games, not training .. but I don't see anything for such stuff..

I want to keep track of my heart, distance, ..
But there are no shoes for soccer where I can put stride sensor :( and putting it on lace would be very risky and not good for ball directions if I hit ball with it.

I don't play much with left leg, so I thought to put it there, but there is big chance I will brake it if I wear it outside :(

Help.
 
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