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Training Logs

Postby kibnedyo » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:02 am

Regarding previous post "Where to from here?" Searching through previous posts I found some information on training to get me started so will sit down later today to digest.


What do you use for a training log? Online, spreadsheet or good old paper? What information do you record?

I'd like to start one with the new bike, but am not sure how much detail to keep.

Any suggestions appreciated

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Re: Training Logs

Postby nikraz » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:12 pm

If you need something simple and functional

http://www.mycyclinglog.com/
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Re: Training Logs

Postby twizzle » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:09 am

I'm using SportsTracks, but it only really comes into its own when you have a GPS enabled bike computer. But it's free...
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Re: Training Logs

Postby RobRollin » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:19 am

I reckon bikejournal does a good job. I log all my rides and stats, if it was a hard ride, weather conditions etc.
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Re: Training Logs

Postby lgbran » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:31 am

Cyclostats... free 30 day trial and can then purchase.. Have found it useful
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Re: Training Logs

Postby clack3rz » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:19 am

twizzle wrote:I'm using SportsTracks, but it only really comes into its own when you have a GPS enabled bike computer. But it's free...


Yeah I use SportTracks as well. True it does come into it's own with a GPS unit, however before I bought my Edge 305 I used a Polar CS200cad. I got everything I needed from this coupled with ST. I did add in maps/routes of where I rode (a little more work) but it wasn't too dis-similar from using a GPS enabed unit.

The beauty is if you have a data logging unit to capture HR/Speed/Distance/Cadence bonuses are Elevation (from an Altimeter) and the GPS maps that are captured.

The CS200 is not a data logging unit, but I used the lap function to capture splits that held all the HR/Speed/Distance/Cadence at intervals I selected befoew the start of my ride - depending on the 'detail' I wanted depended on how short/long my auto-lap function was set to.

At the very least it can be used manually to log distance, splits/laps, avg/max hr, avg/max cad, fastest speed, calories spent(can calc this as well).
Also tracking equipment use which is great for knowing when your coming close to maintence/replacements of parts. There are also 50+ plugins that can be used with ST that further enhance its use.

BTW I'm not in anyway associated with ST it's just I've used it for nearly 3 years now and haven't found anything close - and the best part it's free (donation if you like it). Also it is continully being updated/upgraded.....
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Re: Training Logs

Postby AAMerchant » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:30 pm

i have a mac - cant find a version of sports tracks ...

any one have any ideas


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Re: Training Logs

Postby kibnedyo » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:23 pm

Hi Merchant,

I had a look a many of the sites mentioned in the thread, taking bits I thought worth measuring and/or items I had access to measure as I have a basic cycle computer. Using record models shown, I have designed my own spreadsheet using MS-Excell. Of course any spreadsheet can be used, so I'm sure you could do the same with the Mac. Design takes a little time, but with a little refinement, I have something easy to use and not depdendant on the internet so data enrty is quicker and easier.

PS: Thanks to those that contributed, it was helpful.

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Re: Training Logs

Postby clack3rz » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:43 pm

Double post....
Last edited by clack3rz on Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Training Logs

Postby clack3rz » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:46 pm

AAMerchant wrote:i have a mac - cant find a version of sports tracks ...

any one have any ideas


thanks


You need to run parallels (i.e. Windows on Mac)

Also SportTracks is an application - not web-based.
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Re: Training Logs

Postby Madgan » Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:52 am

I use ProLog Cycling

There is a free version without cadence or heat rate etc, but full version is only $5 or somehing

Is Mac compatible also

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Re: Training Logs

Postby kibnedyo » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:41 pm

Hi john,

Pro Log looks pretty good. a little more detail than I have, but hten I don't have equipment currently to measure some details. Still it's imressive for a spreadsheet system that is easy to use.

If I hadn't reinvented the egg, I'd use this.

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Re: Training Logs

Postby V17L » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:38 pm

http://www.saring.de/sportstracker/

I use sporttracker, mainly because it was java based and free. Being java based, can use on XP, linux and I assume MAac.

from their webpage
"SportsTracker is an application for people which want to record their sporting activities. It is not bound to a specific kind of sport, the user can create categories for all sport types such as cycling, running, swimming or tennis.

The main advantage is a good overview of your exercises and you can easily create diagrams and statistics for specific time ranges and sport types. In the calendar you can also track your body weight or create note entries, e.g. the training plan or upcoming sport events."

Sportstracker also supports a number of heart rate monitors.

Only problem I have found is that it stores your data as a hidden directory under your account "my document directory." I just copy the hidden directory to a usb stick and back again when I need to.
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Re: Training Logs

Postby ScottDavis » Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:25 pm

If you're a Mac user then use RubiTrack or Ascent.
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Re: Training Logs

Postby matt#73 » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:03 pm

I use,
mapmyride.com

I find it helpful and it tracks everything from distance(current ride, mth to date and total), average HR & Spd, Weight and also track equipment usage. Plus has good mapping features.

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Re: Training Logs

Postby chillbro » Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:26 pm

I use a simple paper diary. No fuss.
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