Triathlon apps–even the best ones–aren’t going to make you faster, stronger, smarter, or make you look any better in your spandex bike shorts. Dave Scott didn’t have an iPhone hooked to his hip while training for the Ironman. Mark Allen didn’t download a different exercise app every week trying to find one that “would help him win the swim.”
However, apps can help you become a better triathlete by helping you focus on improving your weaknesses and maximizing your strengths. Here are four free triathlon-related apps that can help you achieve your triathlon-related goals.
Anyone that competes in running, whether they’re competing against their own time in a local 5K race, or racing against others in an international Ironman competition, needs a running pace calculator. Sure there are plenty of sites online that allow you to convert your race times, but this is nice in that it allows you to easily look at distance vs. speed and how the two will affect your pace.
It also has another fun little feature that allows you to compare any given pace with the pace of a bunch of well-known races that occurred in 2009, like Badwater 2009, Kona 2009, and the Boston Marathon, just to name a few.
This triathlon app consists of three lists for each triathlon discipline (swimming, biking, and running) of what you might need for triathlon race day. The lists contained within SBR Checklist are fixed lists, meaning that you can’t add anything you might need or delete an item that you don’t need.
For example, in the swim checklist, they have included swim cap and neoprene swim cap; there are also separate entities for triathlon suit, swim suit, wetsuit, and speedsuit. Usually, nobody needs four different race suits for the swim portion of a race. Anyway, don’t bother with this if you’ve raced before and know what you need. If you’ve never raced before, though, and are just getting into triathlon, this triathlon app could help you decide on some things you might not want to forget.
This is my favorite swimming app, and one of the best triathlon apps out there. Like most triathletes, the discipline I struggle the most in is the swimming, and anything that can help me improve in that area is top rated in my book. So what is GoSwim? It’s an app dedicated to help you swim better by being more efficient in the water.
It’s easy for beginning swimmers to think that the way to become a better swimmer is to swim more and more and more. But one thing they forget is that the real way to become a better swimmer is to improve on stroke efficiency: swimming in quadrants, learning how your arms/hands enter the water, kicking more efficiently, etc. And most of us don’t have access to swim coaches that can help us get better at these things.
That’s where this app comes in. It has tons of videos on all sorts of ways to improve your stroke, whether that’s freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, or backstroke. And while watching videos isn’t as good as having someone there with you to help you along, these videos are excellent at giving beginners a leg up on swimming techniques. I totally recommend this app.
The first triathlon-related app I ever downloaded was the Exercise Tracker. When I first started doing triathlons, one of the hardest things for me to do was to keep track of all my workouts. And that led me to this app. It’s really pretty simple. It’s just a way to record your triathlon-related exercises (running, biking, or swimming). It allows you to record the date of the workout, the type of effort you put in to the workout, the distance, and the duration.
Is the greatest exercise tracker out there? Not in the least. But if you’re just interested in keeping track of your three triathlon sports, this could be the only thing you’ll need.