Ride for Kids Training Guide - 3 apps for your cycling training
Former professional footballer Thomas Sorensen has the last year been training intensively to get ready for “Ride For Kids”. Throughout this process his phone has been an important training tool, so get ready for a bit of inspiration on how to succeed and achieve your next goal with help from Thomas’ favourite training apps.
Ride For Kids is a gruelling 3,500km bike riding challenge in Australia, where Thomas Sørensen is raising money for Starlight Children’s Foundation and KidsAid Foundation. PanzerGlass is a proud sponsor and has been helping Thomas’ protecting his phone under training, which has been a priceless tool for him to improve performance.
Below you will find inspiration and information about Thomas’ favourite training apps, that can track data, provide workouts and help you achieve the results you want.
Garmin Connect is one Thomas’ favourite data sources. Whether he is training for a race or tracking steps, it provides him with the information and inspiration he needs to beat yesterdays segments. Once you have paired the app with a compatible Garmin device, you can start tracking your activities, create new workouts, build courses and challenge your friends to compete.
With Garmin Connect you will get a lot of useful features, including the ability to:
- Get an overview of your health data in vivid detail on your personalised My Day page.
- Analyse your activities and their related statistics
- Create customised workouts and courses.
- Review personal records for distance and pace.
Another great feature of Garmin Connect is, that you actually are able to connect it with Strava, which is one of Thomas’ other most used training tools for cycling.
With Strava you are able to track your riding with GPS. You can search routes if you’re in a new area, check times for certain segments or climbs to give you a benchmark to work towards, record your sessions and share photos and videos. All fantastic tools.
Especially the segments are a popular feature. It marks popular stretches of road or trail (like your favourite local climb) and creates a leaderboard of times set by every Strava athlete who has been there before. Furthermore, Strava is a great social network training tool and allows all kinds of groups to organise activities and build communities - friends, teams, brands, gear shops and more. In that way, you can join challenges and compete against your friends.
And if you record an activity, it goes to your Strava feed, where friends and followers can share their own races and workouts, give kudos to great performances and leave comments on each other's activities.
If you have a premium subscription, you will also be able to get access to training plans, which is developed by Carmichael Training Systems. It includes workouts aimed at the full spectrum of cycling fitness, from climbing to endurance and anaerobic sessions. They can be customised to suit your weekly training volume from just 5-hours.
Music is Thomas’ motivation. It can have a great impact and influence on his mood. Therefore, Spotify is a useful training tool for Thomas, where he uses music to get him in the right frame of mind before and during training.
The offline feature of Spotify makes a big difference for Thomas. Being able to download a playlist to suit the specific session and search for new inspiration and playlist from friends or his favourite artist makes it very user-friendly.
So what is Thomas listening to? Of course, it depends on the training session. But a playlist full of rock music will often do the job, but if Thomas is feeling like he needs to be particularly empowered for a certain session he might switch to his favourite artist Bruce Springsteen?
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