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EyeBike Cycling Training Logs


Date Published: October 16, 2006
By: Mark Nelson


cycling logs screen shotThose of us that ride regularly are accustom to having good or bad days on the bike. Usually a rider knows within a few minutes of cranking the pedals over whether his or her body is in riding mode or not. The thing that would be great to know is what causes a good day versus a bad day on the bike. EyeBike.com has taken a unique approach to this problem by offering online training logs that do more than just collect the data. The training logs allow a rider to rank on a color coded 1 to 10 scale how they felt during the ride. EyeBike calls this the "How I felt Index" and it is a novel approach to helping one figure out both what he or she has done that led to the good or bad day and hopefully what he or she can do with their training schedule to have more good days and fewer bad days. This approach allows riders to log how they are feeling every day whether they ride or not. The idea behind this is that riders can then notice trends in how they felt and tie it together with what they did that may have caused them to feel that way. By noticing these trends, riders can better plan their schedule for race day or that big upcoming ride.

The EyeBike cycling training logs have all the standard features of training logs including distance, ride time, average speed, average heart rate, maximum heart rate. They conveniently display all the information in a calendar-type format. Some of the more unique features and often overlooked training aspects are the ability to log daily hours of sleep, resting heart rate, weight and blood pressure. Resting heart rate values that are 5 beats per minute above normal may indicate overtraining and this is easy to track on these daily cycling logs. If a rider enters their heart rate values for a ride, the logs will automatically calculate the percentage of maximum heart rate based on the rider's inputted value or the estimated value based on the users age. They also feature a heart rate zone calculator that calculates a registered riders recommended heart rate for the five heart rate training zones. The training logs allow riders to input notes about the day including a section for general notes, one for other activities, and one for nutrition. All of this data is easy to view, nicely laid out on one screen for the entire month.

An additional feature of the training logs is a bar graph of perceived effort based on a 1 to 10 scale that a rider can track with each ride. Perceived effort is a subjective measure based on how hard a rider feels her or she is working. Determination of perceive effort is strictly subjective and should not be influenced by the actual data such as heart rate or average speed. By having both actual data and the subjective measure of how hard one feel he or she is working, riders can develop an internal heart rate monitor simply by going by how hard they feel they are working. Once they have developed this internal gauge it is easier to determine the proper riding tempo for rides or races of different lengths or intensities whether it be racing, time trialing, sprinting, or just a club or recovery ride.

But they're not just training logs. These logs also double as bike maintenance logs and allow riders to easily track bike maintenance on the same convenient calendar. The logs make it easy to note when a rider replace's a chain or a brake cable, etc. A rider can just drop a note into the bike maintenance log with the mileage so he or she can easily reference when it is time to do it again.

As an added bonus, the training logs have an export feature that allows all of the riders data to be downloaded in a csv (comma separated value) file, which can easily be viewed in spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel.

Other features that might be appealing to riders are an account notes section where one can keep all their important ride data. Important days or upcoming ride dates can be marked to serve as a reminder of an important day in the past or an upcoming date. Riders can name up to five bikes in their account and note which one was they rode with each ride. Distance can be selected in either miles or kilometers.

Other features that might be appealing to riders are an account notes section where one can keep all their important ride data. Important days or upcoming ride dates can be marked to serve as a reminder of an important day in the past or an upcoming date. Riders can name up to five bikes in their account and note which one was they rode with each ride. Distance can be selected in either miles or kilometers.

The EyeBike cycling training logs are free to all users and can be set as public or private.

Learn more or signup by visiting http://logs.eyebike.com


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