The foundations for successful riding
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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
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.....
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.
You need to run parallels (i.e. Windows on Mac)
Also SportTracks is an application - not web-based.
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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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.
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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If you're a Mac user then use RubiTrack or Ascent.
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