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Keeping a bike log?!!

Old 08-17-07, 03:01 AM
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Keeping a bike log?!!

Does anyone keep a log of their rides? I marginally maintain a log for gym workouts and used to have a skateboard log as nerdy as that is. But it never dawned on me to keep of log of bike rides...I usually just try and ride a minimum of 8 hours a week but never really thought about putting my performance notes or just what the heck I was thinking about on paper. Im going to start doing so but has anyone already beaten me to the punch?
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i used to. Until I got up to 8400 miles a year. Liked to track my average speed and acculmative miles. Now that my goal is to acculmate over 10000 miles- guess I should.
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yeah, i don't really have a specific performance goal in mind but my minimum distance if i decide im going to go out and ride bikes for bikes' sake, then its 20 miles. but today i did 35, sat in some grass, sat by the river, saw a sunset, some cute girls, and actually took some time out to notice some other stuff besides how fast i was going or what my heartrate was. it was a ferdinand the bull kind of day....i should look into that more.
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yes. many use the above site. many use their own excel program. i use bikejournal and a training log and upload my rides to motionbase. yes, its too many. later.
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I use both Bikejournal.com and Routeslip.com.
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Back when I was a real bike racer, I logged my milage, effort, type of ride, how I felt .... i think it was usefule for spotting trends, & looking at performance improvement (or lack of). I'm back on the bike after 15 years, and doing a bit of racing, but no log for now.
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Yes. I use my own Excel ss to track my progress towards my goals of 6000km, 6000 abs, and 6000 pushups. Somewhat like baseball's 50-50 club, ie Home Runs and Stolen Bases. You can customize Excel to track progress within progress ie, ride totals by month, average ride-per-day, % complete, daily average required to complete, bar charts, pie charts etc. Really, there's no end to what you can do. And you learn some neat things about Excel as well.
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Originally Posted by TNoodles
Check out this web site: https://bikejournal.com
+1.....this a a great site that's easy to use and free!!
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that's a really cool site!!....very extensive and includes just about everything you can think of when it comes to fitness....I may try that next year....thanks!!!
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I'm using a very basic Excel spreadsheet right now. I log date, miles, time, average speed, and what bike I rode. At the bottom I keep a running total of mileage for the year and total time on the saddle.
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Originally Posted by Pharmr
that's a really cool site!
the coolest part about the site is that the profiles are public, so if you and several of your friends register, you can see exactly how they're training...

for example, if you look for one_du_three under public logs, you can click it and see every ride i've done during the entire year...
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Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX
love this site. its the best free all around online based traning log i have seen. track workouts to equipment useage to food intake. i have been using it daily since last october.

My Buckeyeoutdoors Log

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I use an excel file for ALL of my rides. A friend of mine wrote a program and is hosting it which does alot of calculations and stuff... but I only put the big rides in it.... not the commutes and puts around the neighborhood.
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+1 to bikejournal.com This is a great free log.
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I keep my mileage, time, average speed and which bike in a Week-at-a-Glance calender. I have since 1988. I transcribe all the information to an Excel sheet at the end of the year and keep track of my commuting miles more than anything else. The spreadsheet is set up to calculate gas savings (gallons and $), CO2 savings (on the order of 2 to 3 tons per year) and give me an average number of days per year that I've ridden to work.
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I created an Excel spreadsheet that tracks several variables including time, mileage, heart-rate zones and body fat. I do it primarily for motivation.

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I've been using excel. First in the winter when I did indoor spinning (at home) to keep myself motivated, and now I log all my rides (distance, avg speed, duration, performance, etc.). There were days I didn't feel like spinning but I'd chart a month at a time in advance so I knew where I needed to be in a month's time, big motivator for me. I've also logged every workout for the past few years.
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Originally Posted by bac
I created an Excel spreadsheet that tracks several variables including time, mileage, heart-rate zones and body fat. I do it primarily for motivation.

... Brad
+1 It motivates me to get out if I know I'm approaching a PR for monthly mileage, speed, etc., though it's somewhat disheartening to see I was riding faster when I was younger

Just one stat I calculated the other day, I'm averaging over 30 miles per day since May first (unemployment has it's benefits ). I also calculated I've burned 152,000 calories this year.

FWIW, my spreadsheets go back to '89 and have over 60k miles documented including the ride where I met my wife in '92.

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Originally Posted by Treker
Yes. I use my own Excel ss to track my progress towards my goals of 6000km, 6000 abs, and 6000 pushups. Somewhat like baseball's 50-50 club, ie Home Runs and Stolen Bases. You can customize Excel to track progress within progress ie, ride totals by month, average ride-per-day, % complete, daily average required to complete, bar charts, pie charts etc. Really, there's no end to what you can do. And you learn some neat things about Excel as well.
I do the same thing. My SS has rows for running, cycling, and lifting. I even use my web camera to take "before" and "after" pics at the beginning and end of each month to track visual changes in my physique.

Yep....I'm a nerd.
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Just starting out and got to look at all the possibilities. I chose www.mapmyride.com for its ability to map my rides and then link them automagically to a training journal.

However now that I have a GPS I am looking for one solution. Right now it is between sharable tracking via MotionBased, continuing to manually enter training details on mapmyride and private tracking using SportTracks.

So as you can see, lots of different options depending on what you feel like tracking and how public you want to make it.

p.s. I like my training being public just so I can get to it from multiple computers and share it with my riding buddies.
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with my track bike i keep track of the mileage and save the gmap-pedometer routes i make after each ride.
with my road bike i write down all the info my cyclocomputer gives me after each ride, as well as saving the gmap routes.
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bikejournal.com is a great place to log rides.
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