Version: 1.9.17 || Release Date: 2009-08-01 || License: Shareware ($35) Developer: Montebello Software | App Owner: marcus

Ascent is a new application for the Macintosh designed to help cyclists, runners, and hikers train better by organizing activity data and presenting it in useful ways. Using Ascent, you can download activity data directly from your GPS into the program, and immediately begin analyzing the data as it is presented to you in various graphical and textual formats. The "Animation" feature lets you re-play the activity so you can review in detail your performance during any segment of the activity.

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Hands-down the most sophisticated Mac software for analysing training sessions, with nice graphs and maps, and animated replays. Garmin's Training Center is pretty basic in that respect, but can't be entirely replaced by Ascent for many people because it is needed for planning future workouts and saving them onto the GPS device.

TrailRunner has most of the basics covered, and unlike Ascent it allows one to build a personal database of tracks & routes, and pre-plan routes. Plus, it allows manual entry of tracks and training sessions. Both apps are multi-sport. Ascent's structured scheme for annotating training sessions with attributes such as "Weather" is better. It's not obvious how to filter data based on those attributes, or how to correlate weather with performance, for example, but export options include CSV, so analysis could presumably be done in a spreadsheet.

Both Ascent and TrailRunner have some usability issues, but each is a solid app and has its place.

This looks very interesting.