BoatCoach Android rowing application --- stroke rate, distance, speed, time, and heart rate --- graphs, workout history, maps and more!

BoatCoach Android rowing application --- stroke rate, distance, speed, time, and heart rate --- graphs, workout history, maps and more!

Post by Charles Carrol » Sat, 19 Jan 2013 04:10:37


Dan,

After I read Thomas Carter's post (Re: Long-winded comparison of SpeedCoach
XL2 and SpeedCoach GPS), I clicked on the link he provided and downloaded
BoatCoach.

Congratulations! It looks like it is a vey nice app. I write "looks like"
because I haven't had time to take it out on the water. I caught this
terrible FLU that is racing through the States and have only been out on the
water once since I downloaded it.

Late morning the other day, however, I was home at my desk, started the app,
clicked on Maps, and lo and behold saw a friend, Morgan Fenner, who was on
the water somewhere between my Club and Marin Rowing, where Morgan now
coaches. Your app told me not only where Morgan was, but also her boat type
and the over the ground speed at which she was moving.

Actually I find your app is a bit disconcerting.  It made me wonder. Do I
want everyone in the world to be able to see how pathetically slow I move a
shell?

I just looked again. Mike Sullivan may be interested in this. Your app shows
a fellow named Jim at the Club to the south of me. The Club is where Mike
coaches, BIAC. Your app says that Jim is a 1x moving boat at 2:21/500.

Anyway, I need to take the app out and try it for myself. But it does look
very promising.

Oh, I should mention that the app is readable in bright sunlight on my smart
phone, a Nexus 4. I am not greatly conversant about smart phones, but I
think there may be two reasons that explain this. First, the Nexus 4 uses
LCD technology as opposed to Super AMOLED technology. And second, you very
sensibly allow users to choose background colors. I just leave mine a the
default, which is black and white. I find this the easiest to read.

Cordially,

Charles

 
 
 

BoatCoach Android rowing application --- stroke rate, distance, speed, time, and heart rate --- graphs, workout history, maps and more!

Post by Dan Eire » Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:43:02

Hi Charles -

Thanks for giving the app a once-over.  There's one thing you mentioned that I thought I'd comment on...

Quote:
>> Actually I find your app is a bit disconcerting.  It made me wonder. Do I

want everyone in the world to be able to see how pathetically slow I move a
shell?

..turns out you're not alone.  If you'd like to keep your workouts to yourself there's a BoatCoach setting under "GPS" to "not share workout."

best,
dan