Training Logs

Just in time for Christmas you can find Steve’s trainig logs on the Journals page of M

I sometimes joke that my bike wheels don’t turn if my computer is not recording properly. The problem is those wheels will turn just fine but a mileage junkie like myself doesn’t get to count the turns. Damn!

Actually one of the most useful tools a cyclist or any athlete can have is the habit of recording his workouts. You can be as detailed as you wish. For me, I just keep distance, speed and time. I rarely actually add notes about how I felt or about the route. Nor do I often look back to see how I did last time as opposed to this time. I don’t really care about those things but you might.

A training log does motivate me to get out. Having a goal for the week helps me plan reaching that goal and keeps me out when I might otherwise let a busy schedule or a low energy day keep me off the bike. In fact just doing that allows me to plan in my days off.

I covered over 12000 miles this year and while I hadn’t set that as a goal from the beginning of the year, it did push me the last couple of months to get out when the weather wasn’t inviting. Mostly turned in to be good rides, too.

You can keep your log on the web, in a telephone app (probably give you gps tracking too. See Map My Ride), or with paper and pencil.

I’ve tried all of them. Paper logs just don’t offer the easy totals and searching that electronic logs do. I didn’t like the gps on my phone ’cause it made the phone hot on a short ride and probably would have run the battery down on a long one. I thought Map My Ride was clumsy entering data from the web and I quit it as soon as I found SportTracks which is no longer free but pretty close given that you only have to pay for it once instead of paying an annual subscription fee. (You might still be able to get version 2.1 for a free download.)

And I still enter my data twice, once in SprotTracks and once in Plus3 Netework beacuse doing so with just a few clicks makes me charitable. As Plus3 puts it, “I make it count.” Each ride earns Kudos which convert to cash toward a charity of my choice.

f you like comparing yourself with others most of the webtools offer social networkikng within their site as well as usually someway to report your data on Faceb ook.

But for simplicity, nothing beats a spreadsheet. We can all probably geneerate a simple log in Excel, but why do that when Steve Largent lets me post his each December when he gets set up for the new year.

Doug sent out a raft of stats and tables and graphs last season making Steve feel behind the curve. So this year his spreadsheet is replete with graphs and charts and end of the year summaries.  Very cool. I

You can find Steve’s logs on the Journals page of Merry Christmas!

Thanks Steve


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