Day 36: iMapMyRide iPhone app

8 02 2010
iMapMyRide iPhone app

The homescreen of the iMapMyRide iPhone app

 

Recently I downloaded the iMapMyRide app for my iPhone. Since I’ve not been riding outside because of the cold weather, I’ve not had much of an opportunity to try it out until today. 

I decided to try the app today after lunch at work. I set out with my iPod in one pocket and my iPhone in the other for a walk on the hospital campus where I work. 

To start with, there were a couple setting on my phone I changed prior to starting my workout: 

  1. I turned Locator Services “on” so the GPS would be available. In order to save my iPhone battery, I usually leave the locator service turned off until I need it.
  2. Auto lock was changed to “never.” I usually have this set to 2 minutes.
  3. The app itself has a screen lock feature once you start a workout. Just touch the padlock icon in the top left corner of the screen. This locks the app, but not the phone. (From what I understand, if you lock the phone it stops the app).
Today's walk detail

Today's walk detail

 

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the app. It’s simple to use, the information is easily stored (or shared via Twitter or Facebook) and provides other options such as “View Route” (to see a map of your ride, walk or run) and  “Share/Challenge” to email your workout to a friend or challenge them to beat your time. I’m uncertain how accurate it is with the actual mileage. Tomorrow I plan to take a reliable pedometer and do a comparision. And with a short, 30 minute walk, I didn’t notice any battery drain on my phone, but I can imagine that a 2 or 3 hour ride would suck most of the battery life. What’s been your experience with it? 

Since the app relies on GPS for tracking a workout, it doesn’t work for stationary trainer or rollers, but I do still use the app to enter those rides manually. When I ride on the rollers I can use the information from my cyclocomputer, but when I’m on the stationary trainer I don’t have access to that information since the front wheel remains stationary. I’ve not yet found a good way to track this information during stationary rides. How do you track your mileage, speed, etc. when you’re on the stationary trainer? Do you rely solely on a heart rate monitor and the RPE zones? Any tips you can offer on this are appreciated. 

I’ve included a few other screenshots as separate links: list of some of my routes and the workout log, which includes calories, laps, distance, etc. that can be manually entered. If you use the iMapMyRide app on your rides, leave a comment and let me know how you like it. 

Today’s starting weight: 151 

Food journal: 

Breakfast:
— Organic whole wheat english muffin with Nutella = 294 cal. 

Lunch:
— Homemade chicken salad = 37 (est.)
— 10 organic wheat crackers = 120
— Crystal Light Raspberry Ice = 10 

Snack:
— 1 cup yogurt with granola = 420 

Dinner:
— Salad with ranch dressing = 153
— 1 soft pretzel = 483
— Iced Tea = 10 

Exercise:
— 25 minute walk = 69 calories burned
— 15 minute walk (morning dog walk) = 36 

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.

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