OTAG Technologies has updated iSMARTtrain (http://www.ismarttrain.com), a Mac OS X application for downloading from Polar heart rate monitors and tracking and analyzing sports training, to version 3.0.7. The latest release contains new features and bug fixes including support for Garmin’s Edge 500 and route mapping. Development work on the software has been carried out in conjunction with leading sports scientist, coach and writer Joe Beer.
The software is designed to allow multi-sport and single sport endurance athletes, for example triathletes, duathletes, runners and cyclists, to download training data, such as heart rate, cadence, speed and power, from Polar heart rate monitors and analyze it in graph, table and list formats. Information about training sessions, for example duration, distance and speed can also be reviewed.
Any number of different sports can be tracked, using either metric or imperial units for each sport. Commonly used routes and sessions can be stored and recalled. Total times, distances and number of sessions can be viewed per week, month or year. Equipment usage and user-defined keywords, such as weight and energy expended, can also be tracked.
Cyclists can analyze power and left-right balance from the Polar power sensor data, while runners can see run speed and distance data from the S625x & S725x models. The latest iSMARTtrain release includes weekly totals for training time, calories expended, time spent in up to five-hour zones and visual bar graphs.
A demo version can be downloaded, but is limited to 20 entries. The full version costs US$49.95 for a version with up to three athletes in the database, though version 3.0.7 is a free upgrade for registered users.