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Streamlining training planning for cycling coaches and athletes

Map My Tracks is excited to announce the launch of our latest online tool designed to provide insights into the performance metrics of upcoming workouts.

Workout Training Stress Score calculator

Our free ‘Workout Training Stress Score calculator’ is designed to help coaches and athletes plan workouts, providing invaluable insights into the training load of each session and facilitating more informed decisions for optimizing performance and achieving goals.

Understanding the benefits

1. Predictive training load analysis:
The Workout Calculator allows coaches and athletes to predict the training load of individual workouts with precision. By quantifying the physiological stress of each session, users can anticipate the cumulative impact on their training regimen, enabling them to adjust intensity, volume, and recovery periods accordingly. This predictive analysis is instrumental in fine-tuning training plans for optimal performance gains.

2. Enhanced training plan accuracy:
With the Workout Calculator, coaches can meticulously plan and tailor training programs to meet their athletes’ specific needs and goals. By incorporating TSS predictions into training plans, coaches can ensure that workouts are appropriately challenging, progressively structured, and balanced to promote optimal adaptation and performance improvements over time.

3. Performance management chart integration:
The Workout Calculator seamlessly integrates with the Performance Management Chart (PMC), offering a comprehensive view of athletes’ training load, fitness, and fatigue levels over time. By correlating TSS data with changes in fitness and fatigue, coaches and athletes can gain valuable insights into training adaptations, monitor progress, and strategically plan training peaks for key events or competitions.

4. Informed decision-making:
With TSS predictions, coaches and athletes can make informed decisions about training priorities, recovery strategies, and workload distribution. Whether it’s adjusting training volume to accommodate external stressors, scheduling rest days to optimize recovery, or strategically tapering before a race, the TSS Calculator empowers users to maximize training plans for peak performance and injury prevention.

5. Personalized training optimization:
By leveraging TSS data, coaches can personalize training prescriptions to account for individual differences in fitness, recovery capacity, and training history. Tailoring workouts based on predicted TSS allows coaches to optimize training adaptations, minimize the risk of overtraining or undertraining, and maximize performance gains for each athlete’s unique physiology and goals.

Unlock your full potential with the Map My Tracks Workout Calculator:
Whether you are a seasoned coach or an aspiring athlete, our innovative tool empowers you to optimize training programs, maximize performance gains, and achieve your cycling goals with precision and confidence.

Performance Management and Aerobic Charts

Exciting News for athletes and coaches! We’re thrilled to introduce our latest update on Map My Tracks - brand new Performance Management and Anaerobic / Aerobic Charts!

Dive deeper into your training data with our Performance Management Chart, offering insights to fine-tune your workouts and maximize performance.

Performance Management Chart

Monitor your aerobic fitness like never before with our Aerobic Charts, empowering coaches and athletes to track progress and optimize training plans.

Aerobic Charts

Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or a seasoned coach, these tools are designed to elevate your training experience and drive results.

Ready to take your performance to the next level? Check out our new features on Map My Tracks.

Exciting updates to Map My Tracks activity pages

We're thrilled to share some major updates to our activity pages that will elevate your data analysis experience to a whole new level!

We’ve been hard at work to bring you features that enhance the way you analyze and understand your performance data on Map My Tracks. Let’s dive into the improvements.

1. Detailed Performance Charts: Now, get an even more comprehensive view of your activity with detailed performance charts. Monitor your progress, track changes, and identify patterns over time. Whether you’re a casual rider or a seasoned athlete, these charts will provide invaluable insights into your performance metrics.
Detailed Performance Charts

2. Left/Right Power Balance:Precision matters, especially when it comes to power analysis. With the addition of left/right power balance, you can now fine-tune your training by understanding how power is distributed between your left and right legs. This feature empowers you to optimize your technique and maximize efficiency.

3. Left/Right Power Smoothness and Torque: Dive deeper into the intricacies of your power metrics. The inclusion of left/right power smoothness and torque allows you to assess the fluidity of your pedal strokes and the force applied throughout your ride. Identify areas for improvement and refine your cycling mechanics for a smoother, more efficient performance.
Left/Right Power Balance

4. Distribution Charts for Power, Heart Rate, and Cadence: Visualize your efforts like never before with distribution charts for power, heart rate, and cadence. Understand the intensity and distribution of your efforts during different segments of your activity. This feature offers a dynamic way to analyze your performance data, enabling you to make informed decisions about your training strategy.

We believe these updates provide a richer, more insightful experience on Map My Tracks. Whether you’re aiming for personal bests, training for an event, or simply enjoying the ride, these enhancements are designed to support your training and goals.

Thank you for being a part of the Map My Tracks community. We’re committed to continually improving your experience, and we can’t wait to see how these updates enhance your tracking and training sessions.

Share your workouts with a coach

We've been adding a range of new features of late and the latest is one to make is super easy for coaches to be able to review an athlete's workouts.

We know that coaches have a lot of data to analyse from their athletes, and sometimes not enough time,  which is why we have created a ‘My athletes’ dashboard. Once athletes have granted a coach access to their activity the coach can open the athlete’s training room.

Within the training room coaches are able to analyse in detail recent workouts, trends, calendar and peak performances and more.

To get started the athlete/coach set up process is:
1. The coach must first follow the athlete on Map My Tracks.
2. The athlete then grants the coach access by making them a ‘Close friend/coach’ in Settings > Access.

Once that is done the coach will see their athletes in Explore > My athletes and have access to their training rooms.

Coaches do not need a Plus account but the athlete will need an active Plus account to allow access to the Training Room.

We have more coach/athlete features in the pipeline so watch this space. For now, enjoy the new tools.



Peak performances

Introducing Map My Tracks Close Friends

Share your adventures with your nearest and dearest.

Outdoor adventures bring people together, and here at Map My Tracks, sharing those experiences with your loved ones should be seamless and enjoyable. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our latest feature: Close Friends. With Close Friends, you can now effortlessly share your outdoor adventures privately with a select group of individuals, ensuring that those nearest and dearest can join in on the excitement and stay connected with your outdoor activities like never before.

How it works: Map My Tracks’ Close Friends feature revolutionizes how you share your outdoor adventures with your inner circle. Let’s take a closer look at how it works:

Creating your Close Friends list:  To begin, you can curate a personalized list of Close Friends within the Map My Tracks website. Go to the Settings page, then select the Close Friends tab. From there, you can add friends, family members, or anyone you want to share your adventures with. You have complete control over who can access your activities, ensuring that only the most trusted individuals can view your private activities.

Sharing activities in real-time: Once your Close Friends list is established, you can share your private activities. As you embark on an adventure, Map My Tracks allows you to seamlessly update your progress, including your location, distance travelled, and photos.

Privacy and security: Map My Tracks prioritizes your privacy and ensures the utmost security for your Close Friends feature. You have complete control over who can access your private activities; only those designated explicitly on your Close Friends list can view your private activities. Map My Tracks’ robust security measures safeguard your data, providing a worry-free experience.

Map My Tracks’ Close Friends feature is a game-changer for those that want to share their experiences privately with their loved ones. Whether hiking, cycling, running, or any other outdoor pursuit, you can now effortlessly keep your Close Friends updated on your progress privately and engage them through every twist and turn.

So go and invite your closest companions to join you on your next adventure through Map My Tracks’ Close Friends feature.

Peak performance, VO2max, MAP stats

For those of you that like to do some number crunching on your power stats then the recent update to the Map My Tracks app might interest you. We’ve introduced a summary of your peak power over different time intervals giving you an at-a-glance view of your stats.

In amongst the stats are a few things that get automatically detected from your ride date. FTP, FTHR, VO2max and MAP are all estimated when certain criteria are met. As these are normally best tested in a lab the values are only relevant when the app detects that you have performed at a steady and high state.

This is only useful if you ride with a power meter. If that’s you then check out the latest version of the app in the App Store and Google Play.

Welcome to Collections

We're thrilled to be able to roll out a new feature that has long been asked for. PLUS members can now create Collections of activities.

You might want to create a collection from a recent hike over a few days or from rides completed over several days. In fact, collections are so versatile that they can be any group of activities with each collection topped and tailed with cover images and descriptions.

Collections can remain private or if you prefer to share your collection with other Map My Tracks users then you can make it public for everyone to see. Either way, you are in control.

Collections are made by first tagging your activities. Use the same tag across all the activities you wish to include in the collection, then from your tag list page you can convert the tag into a collection.

Tags can be added to activities either on the website or through the app. For now, collections are only available on the website but they will be soon be also in the app.

As ever, let us know what you think. If you need any guidance on using Collections then get in touch with us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We can’t wait to see how you start using Collections. Get started here →

West Highland Way Collection

We’ve kicked things off with a few Collections to browse:

Showcase your best photo with cover slides

New to the app, and website, is the option to set your favourite photo as the cover image on your activity.

With the cover slide option you can now make the first photo that everyone sees to be one of your choice. When no cover slide it set the photos will be presented in the order in which they were taken.

Simple, neat and very handy to show off your best photo.

More control over your followers

Today we've rolled out a small, but handy, update to managing followers.

It’s now possible to remove a person from following you. This might be useful if you don’t know the person following you and would prefer that your activities are not in their activity feed. It also stops them from getting push notifications about your activity.

When you remove a person from following you it doesn’t stop them from following you again. We have plans to roll out user blocking which will be available in the coming weeks.

The option to remove followers is currently only available on the website. Head to your profile page then click on the ‘Followers’ link to see who’s following you. From there you can remove followers.

For now, we hope this small update helps to give you more control over your privacy.

Automatically upload workouts to Map My Track from Wahoo ELEMNT

Great news if you are a Wahoo ELEMNT user.

Automatic uploads to Map My Tracks from a Wahoo ELEMNT is now available. This makes it super simple to upload your workout to Map My Tracks.

The step-by-step guide below should help get everyone set up. You’ll need to make sure you have the updated Wahoo ELEMNT app to use it. The setup takes only a few seconds and once done any workouts recorded on the ELEMNT will automatically upload to Map My Tracks.

If you have any questions about getting this set up then contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll help get you all set up.

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