Even before I purchased my first Peloton bike, I had begun to use Peloton for iPhone for my outdoor run tracking. While I love the experience of the on-demand classes, there are times I would have liked to “free run” and listen to my own content.
I noticed a few weeks ago that I wasn’t able to keep up with my podcast backlog, and I couldn’t figure out why. It then hit me that I used to run outside instead of riding my Peloton bike and listen to podcasts. While I don’t think I’ll ever return to full time running for cardio, I would like the option to listen to a podcast while tracking my non-bike workouts with Peloton.
Peloton could even treat this similar to how Apple Map alerts can pause a song/podcast while you are driving and then resume playback. Peloton could also offer “coaching only” runs that would pause my own playlist or podcast at predetermined intervals while the instructor comes on to give updates on pace, offer motivation, etc.
As Peloton seeks to become the center of the connected fitness world, making sure that its app is tracking all of my workouts, regardless if I want coaching or not, could be a key addition.