Since I’ve recently been doing a lot of internet stalking trying to find as much info as possible about the local XC courses, I’ve stumbled across a couple of phone apps. First is Course Walk, which has an online counterpart at http://en.mycoursewalk.com/.
You can do showjumping courses too!
Maybe it’s just because I’m a nerd and back when I evented the first time all you got was a piece of paper and maybe one of those god awful yellow wheel thingies to figure out your course and pace, but I’m super intrigued. When you walk your course you open the app, it tracks you via GPS, you can take pics of the jumps along the way if you want to, and in the end it’ll figure out minute markers for you (no math = better life). Plus you have your whole course right there on your phone, which is very appealing to someone super visual like me who memorizes by sight. You can also choose to share the course, which makes it available for viewing online by anyone. GREAT for getting an idea of what each course looks like.
Here are what they list as the main features of the Course Walk app:
• Recording the course track and distance in meters
• Identifying minute markers – NEVER wheel your course again and improve your ability to meet optimum time!
• Take photos of fences and mark the location of compulsory flags
• Fence and photo galleries for easy viewing of the pictures
• Play function retraces the entire course, displaying the fences as you go
• Share your course on MyCourseWalk.Com
• Download courses from MyCourseWalk.Com onto your phone.
• Event Organizers can print course maps off of MyCourseWalk.com
• Conveniently links to Eventing Dressage tests and Live Scoring
• Auto correction of minute marker position if optimal time is given
• Elevation profile displays the terrain along the course with minute markers and fences
• Uphill, flat, and downhill slopes can be shown in different colors on the map
• No cellphone reception or data connection required to record and view course walks
The other app, Cross Country, seems pretty similar.
Same general idea, slightly different execution. On this one I like that you can add notes about each fence if you want, and from what I can see it seems to have a little bit “prettier” interface. The big negative to this one IMO is that you can’t view recorded courses online – only on the app. Which means you can’t view them unless you’ve bought the app (either the full version or the Lite version). I haven’t bought the app, so I can’t see what they actually look like once they’re recorded. That’s a bummer. Here’s the description of features for Cross Country:
• Record and measure the course
• Photograph jumps, video lines, record voice and striding
• Automatic minute markers and reminders
• Email courses
• Pre-recorded courses and guided course walks from around the world
You don’t need cell reception or internet for that one either.
Course Walk is $9.99 right now and Cross Country is $8.99, so both are at basically the same price point. Does anyone have either of these apps? The geek in me is tempted to get them both and compare them head to head, but the tightwad in me screams in protest. So to start with I bought Course Walk because it just seemed to have a few more useful features for me (plus a bunch of features that are awesome but I will never use – like horse heart rate). Wish they both offered a trial! What do you think of using tools like this instead of doing it the old fashioned way?