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TrainingPeaks is My New Running Software

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Recently I bitched about Active’s "upgrade" of CoolRunning (which they acquired) to Active Trainer.  I loved CoolRunning; I hated Active Trainer.  Oh well – life with software.

I went on a search for a new running log.  I got a wide range of great suggestions from readers of this blog.  Thank you to everyone who commented – I tried almost all of the systems.

TrainingPeaks wins.  It is spectacular and worth every penny.  In addition, the folks running the company are incredible responsive – they didn’t have a specific CoolRunning importer, but I sent them my data and a week later all of it automagically appeared in my TrainingPeaks log as though I’d be using it from the beginning.

Their log software is superb (and entirely web based, which is a requirement for me.)  They have awesome mapping software and data visualization with the software and several client side products for importing all your data from your watch (I use a Garmin Forerunner 305 and it works perfectly) as well as a new release of the WKO+ software which provides extensive data analysis for data nerds like me.

My hat is off to the TrainingPeaks guys – what a great product.  As a special bonus they are based in Colorado.  I can once again satisfy my data obsessed running desires.

  • http://www.troylerner.com Troy Lerner

    WAY better than MotionBased (the one pimped by Garmin). I'm a Garmin 305 user, and I'm still a bit miffed that they don't make it easy to export workout data to a .csv file so I can get the data in Excel. After dropping $350 on the Garmin, it was not fun finding out I had to drop another $100 or so on software to do anything meaningful (and convenient) with the data.

  • http://timwolters.blogspot.com Tim Wolters

    wow, I absolutely hate training peaks. At one point I started building out my own training tracking software. The analytics are abysmal.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Tim – try it again. I think they've made huge progress in the past year. In addition, the WKO+ software has amazing analytics for specific workouts.

  • http://timwolters.blogspot.com Tim Wolters

    will do. It's been about a year since I've used, but jesus it was painful. I LOVE intense debate though :)

  • http://mike.brevoort.com Mike

    Yeah, I'm a big fan of Training Peaks as well. I've used it for over a year with my a coach and my Garmin 305, and it's so easy to post results of my workouts. Though there are several annoyances, it's a very productive way for my coach to manage my plan and see my progress. I just started keeping track of routes too from my Garmin data, allowing me to view those independant of my workouts and get detailed information regarding how long it took and at what effort.

  • http://www.vistrata.com Jason Cormier

    We had the pleasure of consulting with Training Peaks last year, and were really impressed with how quickly they were able to take what they learned and apply it (not just on the marketing side, but also on the application side). Smart guys for sure.

  • Craig Hoffman

    hi Brad – long time since I've posted, still reading, just not as active these days. I've become an obsessed triathlete in the last 2 years and ended up gravitating to WKO+ and Training Peaks as well. I've reviewed most of the packages out there, from Training Center to Sport Tracks to Power Center to WKO+ etc and eventually settled on WKO+ as the most versatile system. I tend to agree that it handles somethings quite clumsily, but I've found I can create work arounds for most problems I've encountered. Training Peaks has been a really nice company to work with.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Thanks Craig. I’ve been using TraingPeaks for a while and I love it.

  • Craig Hoffman

    hi Brad – long time since I've posted, still reading, just not as active these days. I've become an obsessed triathlete in the last 2 years and ended up gravitating to WKO+ and Training Peaks as well. I've reviewed most of the packages out there, from Training Center to Sport Tracks to Power Center to WKO+ etc and eventually settled on WKO+ as the most versatile system. I tend to agree that it handles somethings quite clumsily, but I've found I can create work arounds for most problems I've encountered. Training Peaks has been a really nice company to work with.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Thanks Craig. I’ve been using TraingPeaks for a while and I love it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Tim – try it again. I think they've made huge progress in the past year. In addition, the WKO+ software has amazing analytics for specific workouts.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tim_wolters4266 tim_wolters4266

    will do. It's been about a year since I've used, but jesus it was painful. I LOVE intense debate though :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tim_wolters4266 tim_wolters4266

    wow, I absolutely hate training peaks. At one point I started building out my own training tracking software. The analytics are abysmal.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/troy_lerner3794 troy_lerner3794

    WAY better than MotionBased (the one pimped by Garmin). I'm a Garmin 305 user, and I'm still a bit miffed that they don't make it easy to export workout data to a .csv file so I can get the data in Excel. After dropping $350 on the Garmin, it was not fun finding out I had to drop another $100 or so on software to do anything meaningful (and convenient) with the data.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mike7309 mike7309

    Yeah, I'm a big fan of Training Peaks as well. I've used it for over a year with my a coach and my Garmin 305, and it's so easy to post results of my workouts. Though there are several annoyances, it's a very productive way for my coach to manage my plan and see my progress. I just started keeping track of routes too from my Garmin data, allowing me to view those independant of my workouts and get detailed information regarding how long it took and at what effort.

  • Jason Cormier

    We had the pleasure of consulting with Training Peaks last year, and were really impressed with how quickly they were able to take what they learned and apply it (not just on the marketing side, but also on the application side). Smart guys for sure.

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