Dedicated metrics screen for cycle training: Discussion
Dedicated metrics screen for cycle training: Discussion.
Gps mapping is an excellent feature for recreational and touring cyclists alike,
allowing users to find, navigate, save and even share cycle routes. However, when cyclists train for the purposes of improving general fitness or to race competitively, metrics take priority over mapping as a means of monitoring performance as well as protecting against over training. With this said, opens a discussion over what a dedicated metrics screen should look like and what exactly should be recorded on to it.
In my opinion the first question is the easiest to answer. When riding at speed often over less than perfect terrain a metrics screen must be easy to see especially in sun light which becomes a problem for many smart phone apps. Large numerals and text upon an energy saving black background seems ideal?
I'm sure that there are many opinions about what should be included and all will have some validity. For my part, the screen should only contain metrics that can actively help with training.
2 Average speed
4 Heart rate coupled to zones perhaps by color background
6 Average cadence
8 Average Power
8 Calorie use
Lastly I would include an interval training metric.
Interval training is without doubt the quickest and most effective modern method of training for cyclists wishing to increase performance.
A dedicated interval training algorithm should allow the user to :
1 Set the amount of intervals to be trained during there session,
2 Set the duration of each interval
3 Set the resting period between intervals.
Intervals can be goal specific to either a preferred upper heart rate zone, speed or power threshold.
So this is my view of a no-nonsense go-to cycle app with everything you need and nothing you don't.
Thanks for the detailed ticket, a lot of these suggestions fall under the “customisations” that I’m planning, which will eventually enable users to create their own data pages with just the information they want.
Most likely I will look to gradually add in some of these changes over the next few months.