Ride Logs and MapMyRide
I was just looking over my old ride logs from the 80s and remembering when I thought 10 miles was a long ride. My routes were different and I felt very differently about cycling. I hadn’t yet learned how to relax on a bicycle and enjoy the ride. Bicycle commuting was changing my ideas about cycling.
In those days I got a new calendar book every year. The book had 2 days per page and I logged my rides: the weather, where I rode, how long, how fast (average speed), and how I felt. As the year went on I kept a tabulation of milage by day, week to date miles and year to date mileage. Those logs help keep me motivated and documented how I was changing as a rider.
I haven’t used log books for quite a while except while touring. For the last 10 years, I’ve just plopped my numbers into an Excel spreadsheet. It is quick, easy, and flexible.
This year, after a few years of not riding very much and not wanting to know, I am feeling like I am back … so it is time to start a Ride Log again. I decided to do some checking and see what may have developed on line since I last looked.
MapMyRide looks very interesting, lots of powerful tools for mapping routes and logging rides. I was not able to successfully create a route because most of my routes include some unmapped but paved bike paths. I suspect that I am just not using the tool properly and there is a way (by turning off the follow road option). However, I’d say that MapMyRide is cumbersome to use as a bike log unless you want to share routes. I find it harder to use than Garmin’s MapSource but I have a lot more experience with MapSource.
My conclusion is that for a personal Bicycling Log, an Excel Spreadsheet is still hard to beat, it is quick, easy, and flexible. But if you want to share rides MapMyRide looks useful if a little tedious. BTW, that most of that tediousness is not MapMyRides fault, creating a route map is a very detailed process unless you take it from a GPS log.
I’ll play with MapMyRide some more and see if I change my mind about it.
Please, share with us how you log your rides and why?