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Old 02-25-12, 01:00 PM   #1
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Do you document your daily activity?

Im just wondering how many of you document your daily cycling activities...either through a personal website, blog, a spreadsheet on your computer...on this site..bike forums....or do not even care? For those that do document sites...what is your purpose? Do you update it regularly? Specifically what about Blogs? Anybody have one that you update daily?

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Old 02-25-12, 01:11 PM   #2
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Regular commutes, there wouldn't be much point to it. Went to work, came back. Documentation is achieved in the form of a paycheck every 2 weeks.

Training commutes, sure... here's one I could do routinely: http://app.strava.com/rides/4357534 ...and one I would do once a week for endurance: http://app.strava.com/rides/4393848 The purpose, ultimately, is to be the guy everyone's watching with apprehension as we hit the big climbs in the third hour of a weekend club ride
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Old 02-25-12, 01:21 PM   #3
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I keep track of my riding as total hours and time spent in heartrate zones. The body only responds to time/duration and effort/intensity. It has no idea how far you rode. I guess I'm a training commuter.
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Old 02-25-12, 01:23 PM   #4
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My grandfather measured the circumference of the trees in his yard every year. I therefore come by keeping bike stats quite naturally. :-)

I keep them in a csv file dating back to '88. They're easily imported into any software package, although the bulk of the analyzing is done via an awk script on a Unix box. Now if that doesn't glaze the eyes of most of you readers over... For pretty pictures, I enter some data into a spreadsheet.
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Old 02-25-12, 01:24 PM   #5
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I document every ride, commuting or not. I use organizers and/or notebooks and start a new one every year. I've found there are two reasons, both of them important to me as I get older - One, I know through the years when I've felt great and when I've not, and it's convenient to go through my cycling logbooks in the past and see what has worked and what has not. For example, now, as I'm approaching 59 years old, I have been commuting by bike again for the past 7 months. I like being able to look back at previous years and see what type of cycling (frequency, distance, intensity) worked for me in "good" years and then duplicate the experience again - and it is working. Secondly, and this is the most important to me personally, is that bicycling through the past 40 years has given me so many excellent memories, and looking through the old log books allows me to remember specific rides and events during those rides that are very special to me. As I age these memories become more special. Riding down the Clear Creek bike path in Lakewood Colorado, and a red fox leaps out of the bushes and runs next to me for 10 or 15 yards. The feelings during the early morning commutes. The other cyclists I've met on the roads. The day I had three punctures in one ride home from work. One day I stopped and watched a little kid's softball game. As I read through the logs these memories are refreshed and add joy to life. Yeah, I keep logs of every ride - and will as long as I'm on two wheels
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Old 02-25-12, 01:25 PM   #6
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My bike computer keeps track of my mileage and some other bits of data. It keeps a rolling 7 day (ish) log but I rarely look at it. I used to track the commutes it but stopped caring a long time ago. Training rides are a different matter.
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Old 02-25-12, 03:04 PM   #7
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I log my daily commute into an Excel spreadsheet. I record the mileage and the morning weather conditions. It's interesting to review the temperatures. Monday, a week ago, it was 26F and yesterday, it was 64F. Yea, 64F at 05:40 in the morning in February.

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Old 02-25-12, 03:45 PM   #8
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I just note which bike I rode and the daily mileage in my calendar (the monthly planner I carry around everywhere). Lately on days I didn't bike commute, I've been writing the reason why not (e.g. heavy rain, appointment that I needed to drive for, etc.). I also write when I installed a new tire or something like that.
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Old 02-25-12, 04:57 PM   #9
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Since I moved to Florida seven years ago, I have documented every mile I have ridden on Bikejournal.com. It allows me (for free) to look back over the months and years and look at distance and average speed. I carry my cyclometer into the living room each evening after my commute, and sit down with the computer and load it the miles. My current goal is 100 miles a week, and no more than three drinks (beer or Jack Daniels). I have been short on the miles, and long on the drinks every week so far this year, but hope to get better as the days get warmer and I get more settled in my new work situation. I'm always looking to improve, even at 57 years of age.

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Old 02-25-12, 05:03 PM   #10
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I document all my rides. Miles is the only thing I document at this point. I use a good old fashioned calender. I do it to keep on track with goals and exercise.
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Old 02-25-12, 05:35 PM   #11
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I enter all my rides, commuting or not; and all my runs and push-ups and sit-ups and dips and pull-ups. I wrote the interface with html, the data is stored in MySQL and I use PHP for logic -- all free.

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No documentation whatsoever. I see no reason.
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A written journal I keep in my van, Bike Journal, Daily Mile, an activity log I keep at my bedside, and an Excel file.
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Anybody use a blog?
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Lately I have not, but I recommend doing so. When I was tracking my stats I noticed a steady improvement in fitness. As soon as I stopped tracking, I felt as though my fitness level stagnated or declined.
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I upload to garmin connect since it's painless. Don't really do anything w/ it unless there's some specific weird path I took that I want to look at from a bird's eye view.
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Im just wondering how many of you document your daily cycling activities...either through a personal website, blog, a spreadsheet on your computer...on this site..bike forums....or do not even care? For those that do document sites...what is your purpose? Do you update it regularly? Specifically what about Blogs? Anybody have one that you update daily?
I keep an Excel workbook/spreadsheet on my computer that I manually transfer my daily milage, weekly milage, odometer reading, average speed, max speed in. I also keep a log of what parts I replaced and at how many miles so that I know what type of life expectancy to expect out of the new parts.
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Old 02-25-12, 10:31 PM   #19
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I add my distance to an excel spreadsheet at the end of the week.

When on tour, daily.

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Sort of, but it doesn't track daily - 2011 and 2012
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I use bikejournal. I add other workouts to the blog portion.
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I keep a video log of my commutes, originally to keep track of dangerous motorist behavior, but now the video log's main use is to keep a chronological record of the various changes and interesting events that occurred on my commutes.
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Old 02-26-12, 10:42 AM   #23
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I track mileage via the onboard computer. As for blogs, I just post random cycling/fitness related items. See my sig for the link.
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Old 02-26-12, 06:20 PM   #24
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I track my mileage on buckeyeoutdoors.com I do it to see my progress against my yearly goals. One of the forum members (wundermonkey) sent me a copy of an excel sheet he uses to track mileage. I track my commutes on there, along with the price of gas that day to see how much $ I saved by commuting by bike. It's not a lot of money, but it's kind of fun to track. I'd ride without the tracking, but it is kind of fun to see.
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Old 02-26-12, 07:18 PM   #25
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I keep track of the number of days I ride each year. The current price of gasoline means that every day I ride saves me $2.00 (at least). At the end of a year I can report to my spouse how much money I have saved, and that justifies the purchase of various biking gear to be used in commuting.
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