The miCoach Heart Rate Monitor syncs with an app on your iPod or iPhone. The app reads your heart rate and coaches you to ‘speed up’ or ‘slow down’ based on pre-determined training goals you’ve selected. The concept is pretty straight forward and reminds me of treadmills with pre-calculated workouts you can follow based on height/weight/heart rate/etc.
The set up was pretty easy, all I had to do was download the miCoach app (for free) and connect the monitor/reader/thingy to the iPod.
Then I strapped on the heart rate monitor and was good to go.
(Not an awkward photo in the least….)
The miCoach app takes your inputted height and weight and calculates four colored coded optimal heart rate zones: Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. Each workout is designed around holding these zones for a certain length of time before moving on to the next.
The software comes with a few sample workouts (or you can build your own). I did the assessment workout first to let the system gauge where I was, then selected the 30 minute progression workout as part of my 6 mile run on Tuesday.
My Pros and Cons…
Pro: The heart rate displayed on the screen throughout the run
Con: The iPod was tucked in my arm band so I couldn’t see it
Pro: The voice told me when to speed up or slow down
Con: I had no clue whether I was running at the right heart rate anytime in between
Pro: The voice spoke over my music, so I didn’t have to worry about missing out on my tunes during the run.
Con: The sample workouts were 30 minutes or less (but I could easily download or create more)
Pro: I could continue my workout without interruption once the first 30 minutes were up.
Pro: The heart rate data automatically uploaded to my miCoach profile, so I could retrieve it from the internet without ever having to connect anything (MAJOR PRO!)
umm… 9%? Obviously I’m not great at taking directions!
It wasn’t until I reviewed my workout stats that I realized I had not followed the cues at all (umm… thanks for the warning ‘speed up’ and ‘slow down’ voice!). I guess once i got in my groove it was hard to slow down and be at the speed I needed to be at (stupid pride). I did try slowing down when the voice asked me to, but there was no follow-up warning that I wasn’t meeting their demands, so I had no clue where I was. At that point it would have been nicer if I had my ipod in front of me, so I could see the stats on the screen.
To be fair, I’m not great with the whole heart rate monitor thing. I had one once (with my Garmin 305), but never wore it. I know that I should track my heart rate to understand how hard I’m really pushing myself during runs, but those numbers never interested me as much as pace or distance. (I know, bad runner).
It should be noted that the Adidas miCoach mobile app for the iPhone/Android/Blackberry does use GPS for pace- based coaching as well. However, I was testing the miCoach Heart Rate Monitor Connect via an iPod Touch (no GPS – boo!). A miCoach Strides Sensor is sold separately for non-GPS based pace/distance coaching that I think would have helped my opinion on this little system. 🙂
Ok, after that big long review, I do have some good news! There is a giveaway, yes, but it isn’t exactly for the miCoach connect.
I have ONE pair of Adidas CC TRs (male or female sizing) to give away!
Adidas CC TR
Clean and simple lines create a sophisticated running style. Minimalist upper promotes optimum ventilation and flexible tooling provides comfort and freedom of movement for screaming down the trails.
These shoes are trail running specific, so if you have any interest in trail running (I <3 trail runs!) go ahead and enter. Not into trail running? Well, at least the shoes are cute – enter anyway. 😉
To enter – just leave a comment below with your preferred training style.
Do you like to be coached or are you an athlete who likes to figure it out on their own?
You have until tomorrow at noon EST to enter and I will pick a winner during my lunch post. Good luck!
*This giveaway is only own to U.S. residents. Sorry!
** The miCoach connect was a free gift from Adidas. However, I am NOT being compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.