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Who keeps a log of your rides?(25 posts)

Who keeps a log of your rides?Guidosan
Jan 6, 2004 6:14 PM
I was thinking about keeping a log of my riding this year. If for no other reason, I can look back and see how my progress is going and if I am on track to meeting my personal goals. I was wondering how many of you keep a log and what do you record? I was thinking of recording some obvious things like date, distance, total time, and general route description. I would also record things that I may encounter like roads to avoid, freaky weather or bad tire day. So what does everyone else do?

re: Who keeps a log of your rides?Elefantino
Jan 6, 2004 6:21 PM
Me. On my Sony Clie, with Cyclist's Log.

I am the only one who keeps a log of MY rides (lol) nmFez
Jan 6, 2004 6:40 PM
Jan 6, 2004 6:42 PM
It can be enlightening even if you don't keep a great deal of detail -- just the basics you mentioned, or even mileage alone. I think most of us keep a log, given the long list of responses to the monthly mileage polls on this board.

One thing I might add, if you have two or more bikes you ride regularly, is which one you used. It could be interesting/useful to keep track of the mileage on each independently. It would also be useful to record when you install new "expendibles" such as tires, cassette, and chain.

Another obvious addition, if you're shooting for serious, planned fitness, is a description of the effort and style of each ride -- e.g., differentiate between a tempo ride, endurance ride, intervals (including number of reps, duration of each interval and rest period) and so on. I don't really keep track of this information as I should; just hill-climb or time-trial times if the ride involved that sort of thing, to keep track of my progress over time.

I keep my log on a remote server so I can access it and update it during holidays when I'm visiting parents, family, etc.. Check it out here (nothing very impressive, design- or mileage-wise).
I've tracked mileage for the last 6 yearsDave Hickey
Jan 6, 2004 6:45 PM
I used to be very detailed about each ride. Now I just take total miles and time for each ride.
re: Who keeps a log of your rides?BrokenSpoke
Jan 6, 2004 6:47 PM
I log every ride. I use a Polar S510 which also has bike functions. When I finish I simply download the file into the PC Coach software that came with it and I add additional notes about the route. The download file contains heart rate, time in zones, average heart rate, max heart rate, and the usual bike functions. Great to compare fitness over the same route as you progress through the year.
re: Who keeps a log of your rides?terry b
Jan 6, 2004 7:31 PM
I track the date, what bike I rode, where I rode, how far and how long. I keep a yearly total for my 13, 4-week "months" and I keep a running 13 month total. I compare monthly totals for distance and mileage by bike separately.
Jan 6, 2004 8:07 PM
Like BrokenSpoke, I download stuff from my HRM when I use it. Distance, time, bike (road MTB or fixed), general route name.

Then I track weekly, monthly, and yearly totals.

Start simple and expand as you want. Everyone tracks the data differently.
re: Who keeps a log of your rides?chbarr
Jan 6, 2004 8:22 PM
I've been tracking rides for several years now. The main log, a notebook, tracks major cyclecomputer data, plus some general comments: which bike, who I rode with, what route, general how-I'm-feeling, etc. I also include fun info--once, on a 50 mile ride, I kept a "small furry creature" count, how many rabbits, squirrels, etc, I saw.

Commuting miles are actually tracked in a self-created web-based tool. Again, the basic cyclecomputer data is there, but little else.

On the fridge is a graph I made in Excel, to track overall miles. Each week is a column, and I use highlighters to fill in the miles. Each bike gets a different color.

Finally, I keep some meta-charts in Excel--records for favorite routes, and year totals--Even fun graphs!

Boy am I a geek!
graph junkie too, similar data, different perspectiveterry b
Jan 6, 2004 8:49 PM
Only for...............Mike Tea
Jan 7, 2004 3:16 AM
......the last 30 years. I wish I'd have done it for the years before that :o(

I now only keep a calendar with miles, time, destination, bike, av speed and brief indication of type of ride (ints, hills etc).

For many years, when racing, I kept a detailed diary in addition to the quick reference calendar, which added to and expanded on the above info.

I've got 'em all on a shelf and that lifetime of riding will make an interesting read sometime.
re: Who keeps a log of your rides?maximum15
Jan 7, 2004 3:47 AM
I do. Two years ago someone posted a link to an excel spreadsheet similar to the one listed above. I took that spreadsheet and modified it to my personal needs. So, for each day I can input weight, resting heart rate, which bike I rode, warm-up and cool-down miles, actual ride miles, average and max speeds, average and max heart rate, etc. I am playing with graphs by month and year now. I also included a section to track my gym workouts. The benefits of tracking this information is the revelations it will uncover as well as keeping you goal orientated.
I do.Mike P
Jan 7, 2004 4:53 AM
Milage, time, avg. speed, elevation gain, weather, how I feel, and anything else worth noting. I am stuck in paper and just use a calendar that has some pretty pictures and room to make notes.

A log is helpful to me, in that I can refer back to it to see what's working and what doesn't get it. If I ride a century and feel really good during the ride and make my goals, I can pattern my workouts for the next one by the recorded data. You can find many patterns in the data, too. For example, I've noticed high and low points in how well I feel and plan my workouts accordingly.

It would suck all the fun out of the ridesbimini
Jan 7, 2004 5:37 AM
I am sure the logs would be helpful, but not for me. I am the opposite of the an@l retentive type so structure, forms, graphs, logs and charting would suck every bit of joy from my riding. Hell, when I go for my daily rides I don't even know which loop I am going to take, the bike kind of finds it's own way based on how I feel and the wind direction.

I have to deal with all the structure everyday at the office, for me getting on the bike allows me to get away from all of that and gives me a real sense of freedom and peace. I ride the way I feel. If I feel strong or tense I take a hard ride, (pass a few cars if I can). If I feel weak or tired or if I hit it hard the day before I take it easy. Yeah, I won't win many races with that sort of training program but I can hold my own and have fun doing it. It's a hobby for me, not a freaking vocation.
Started one for 2004 trainingCoolhand
Jan 7, 2004 6:12 AM
I want to be a little more focussed on what worked in my training, how long and what I did to see how it effected my down the line.

Me.KG 361
Jan 7, 2004 6:16 AM
Time, avg speed, distance, route, anything unusual that happened. Routes help if I am pressed for time and want to get a specific amt of miles in. Wish I had excell (sp?) on my pc so I could graph them!
Jan 7, 2004 6:40 AM
included in my log is:

where i rode & with whom
ride time
actual ride time (useful for group mtb rides where there is stopping/resting involved)
type of ride (road, mtn, training, spin, strength, race, pre-ride, etc)
ave speed
max speed
morning/resting HR
ave heart rate
time in HR zone
time below zone
time above zone
subjective thoughts

Did it for the first time in 2003 . . .ms
Jan 7, 2004 6:47 AM
I really did not look at it until the year was over. It was interesting to see what I did (and did not do). I am keeping one again for this year and plan to compare. My log is basic -- route, miles, avg. speed, comments (e.g., unusual weather conditions, change in bike equipment).
Jan 7, 2004 7:18 AM
Try this site: They have a pretty easy web-based log to track all your rides, runs, etc. I have been using it for 2 years now and it is very helpful in looking back at my progress and workouts.
Jan 7, 2004 7:45 AM
I've been using for the last 3 years and have been pretty happy with it. It cost $25/year but I can also chart other activities (running, swimming, etc.) AND compare my progress to others who use the website. There is a also an online forum and some other goodies...
yes, a super dork logcurtybirdychopper
Jan 7, 2004 11:54 AM
I've become a dork about logging workouts as you can see. But I am glad to know how many miles I've ridden over the week, month, and year between bikes and at the gym. I think i'll try to ride as many miles (last year about 3k) as I drive (about 11k) over the year.
I do... and here's a tipJFR
Jan 7, 2004 12:48 PM
Include every day in your log. Days you don't ride, site the reason why and be honest.

I use Microsoft Excel. I have a worsheet for each month. Each worksheet is titled with the month and year, and when the month is over I add the milage for that month. Each worksheet includes, for every day of that month, milage, riding time, MTB/Trainer/Road, and a brief description of where I rode (or why I didn't ride that day). I use Excel formulas to sum weekly and monthly milage and riding time.

I love my log :) And if not for the inclusion of day's I didn't ride and why, there would have been some skipped days for no good reason.
Can you email me a Excel log?853
Jan 7, 2004 2:00 PM
Did you start one for the new year?
Does it allow you to include your planned workout and then add your actual workout?

I would greatly appreciate a copy!!

Just sent you mine. -nmJFR
Jan 7, 2004 3:53 PM
JFR, do you mind sending one my way too?jtferraro
Jan 8, 2004 10:50 AM
jtferraro at comcast dot net.