What is the Gear Tracker?
When you’re creating a workout, one of the key pieces of information you can provide – alongside a name and date – is the Gear Used.
The only downside is that you need to have created the gear prior to logging your workout, as there’s no option in the dropdown to create anything new at the same time.
That’s where the Gear Tracker comes in.
Gear Tracker is a useful feature to have, but more tailored towards running than cycling
Gear Tracker is something we first covered in our guide to MapMyWalk, where we were able to add our choice of footwear, and provide a lifespan for the shoes.
The benefit of providing a lifespan is that when you log a workout and select those shoes as your gear, the distance of the route is subtracted from the lifespan.
This can be used as a useful reminder for when your shoes are likely to need replacing.
Unfortunately we don’t find this to be such a useful feature with MapMyRide, as the wear rate on shoes won’t be influenced as much by distance.
Footwear is also the only gear that you’re able to add to the Gear Tracker at the current time, so it really has limited use from a cycling perspective.
We’d like to see more cycling-specific components being added as a way to measure performance between different setups and workouts.
This could also be useful for anyone looking to complete the route in a similar time, and who would like some advice on the bike configuration.
Gear Tracker allows you to assign a lifespan to your shoes, but this isn’t going to be accurate for miles cycled
At the moment the tool is powered by Zappos, so it’s understandable that there’s a heavy focus on footwear. But hopefully this is something that Under Armour choose to expand on in future.
Logging and importing workouts
From the ‘My Workouts’ page you can create workouts by either manually entering all of the details (logging) or uploading from files you exported via external devices or fitness services (importing).
Log a workout
MapMyRide lets you enter a wide range of information when it comes to recording your cycling workouts, but you can also choose to submit a ride with as little as the start time, end time, and name.
You can then search for the route you followed, which pulls up a window with access to all the routes you’ve done, have bookmarked, or have defined as a route you wanted to do in future.
When logging a workout you can choose from a history of saved routes
Based on the start time, end time, and route, MapMyRide automatically calculates the distance, duration, average speed, and average pace. Average heart rate is also available if you transmit data to the app using a compatible pulse monitor.
Splits are also available for more advanced workout logging, but in most cases it’s going to be difficult to accurately remember the duration, distance, and calories burned for each section.
Import a workout
MapMyRide can import files and sync with other fitness data services ranging from TomTom and Withings through to JawBone and PowerTap.
You can choose to ‘Import Workout’ directly from the ‘My Home’ menu option, which will bring you to the ‘Connect Accounts & Devices’ page.
From here you can connect to the following accounts and devices.
- Garmin Connect
- Polar Personal Trainer
Fitbug, Nike+, Sunto, and Withings will all automatically sync the past 30 days of data into your MapMyRide account after you authorize their connection to MapMyFitness.
- Magellan – Imports files from the Magellan Switch and Switch Up watches.
- TomTom – Syncs activities from their GPS watches.
How to create a food log
As well as being able to log and import workouts, create routes and courses, and perform heart rate and power output analysis (MVP), MapMyRide also allows you to create a nutrition plan.
Similar to the heart rate analysis, the ‘My Nutrition’ page will pull your age from your Facebook profile (if this is how you signed up), as well as your gender.
Based on this information MapMyRide calculates a daily caloric intake total, then splits this into percentages of macro nutrients such as carbs, proteins, and fats.
This calorie ‘budget’ is then weighed up against the number of calories consumed, as well as the calories burned based on workouts logged for the day. The result is the total number of calories you can consume during the day to maintain current bodyweight (entered during profile creation).
As important as knowing your daily caloric intake and expenditure is, it’s often difficult to accurately log each meal with tools like these, as serving sizes and macronutrient composition can vary.
That’s why MapMyRide gives you the option to ‘Create a Food’, which simply requires a name, category, serving size, and the amount of carbs, protein, and fat per serving.
Although this takes slightly longer to setup in the beginning, it’s certainly something we recommend using, as each food you create is then stored in a section called ‘My Favorites’.
If your meals are part of a plan that’s fairly routine, this makes it easy to quickly select the same serving size of food and add it to your daily food log.
Creating your own foods stores them in favorites, making it much quicker to update your food log with meals
Your daily snapshot updates automatically, including your daily intake totals and number of calories remaining.
Unfortunately this only seems to let you analyse one day’s nutrition at a time, and you can’t look back at a historical view over the course of a week, month, or year.
However, you can take a historical look at your lifetime activity stats from your workouts dashboard on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly level. You can even export this data to a CSV file for deeper analysis. These are both features we would like to see added to the nutrition side of MapMyRide.
There also doesn’t seem to be any way to export this data to MyFitnessPal in the same way you can with your workouts.
Hopefully this is something MapMyFitness are working on with Under Armour, and it will perhaps be part of the release that lets you set calorie burn and weight loss goals.
Ideally we would also like to see a ‘Weight Gain’ goal, although this doesn’t seem to be something that FitBit or MyFitnessPal are offering at the current time either.
Logging your daily water consumption
We like the idea of being able to log and monitor your daily water consumption, but hope that this can be simplified.
At the moment you can use the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons to adjust the number of glasses, which causes an item to appear below, similar to the way the food log works.
But when you consider the number of fluid ounces is a constant, as is the calories, fat, carbs, and protein, do we really need this much information on the screen?
We would prefer to have access to the ‘Edit this Food’ section straight away, where we can select a number of servings and time of day. That’s really all we need, and it would save time on adding items, then going in to edit each of them individually.
Logging water consumption with MapMyRide
Although the current system is already quicker than logging the same in MyFitnessPal, there’s still some room for improvement.