Configurable voice and haptic alerts enable you to spend more time focusing on your workout and less time looking at your watch.
Upper limit and recovery notifications keep you at your target heart rate.
Get status updates as often as you want.
Update frequency is configurable based on distance.
Voice and haptic alerts keep you informed of your workout status.
I have been a long time Apple Watch user and runner. Long training runs with no phone is incredible. But when it came to aerobic base training (lactate threshold), I was never able to find an app that worked for me.
I tried apps that would alert you when you entered and exited certain heart rate zones. But I found that these alerts were easily missed and I had to constantly look at my watch to know if I was at my target heart rate.
Long runs are also a great opportunity to catch up on podcasts or listen to music. The missed notification problem was even worse while listening to audio with these apps.
Base Builder aims to fill this gap.
Some of the key features that I was looking for in an aerobic base training style workout app were:
One goal of aerobic base building workouts is to train for an extended period of time at low-ish heart rates (should be able to hold a basic conversation). I set my heart rate limit, start running and wait for notifications.
If it's a regular heart rate update notification I will know if I should increase or maintain my current effort. If it's an alert indicating that I've exceeded my heart rate limit I will either slowdown or start walking depending on how high above the limit I am and whether or not I'm headed up or down hill.
Once I receive the heart rate recovery notification I will pick up the pace again and get back to my normal training effort. This lower heart rate limit is configurable based on your upper limit. I set it to be 15 beats below my limit so I will have some buffer and know I can pick up the pace again.
After an extended period of training runs its a lot of fun to look back at your historical data in HealthKit and see your pace and VO2 max improve over time all while maintaining the same level of effort.
Base Builder helps you run slow so you can get fast!