Map My Ride

List of 3 bikes rides as shown on MapMyRide app.

Do you track your exercise? Like your steps or a hike or a bike ride? I like to track and document my activities. I use the Pacer app to count my steps each day. I have a daily goal,and I know from Pacer if I’ve made my goal.

Now, I could use Pacer to track my ebike rides. However, Dan and I recently met a fellow rider on the Katy Trail who mentioned an app he uses to track his rides. The app is called MapMyRide. Like Pacer, it’s free, so it fits in perfectly with my allotted “app budget.”

I like using two different apps to track each activity. When I am riding my ebike, Pacer knows not to count the steps while I’m riding.

With MapMyRide, I tap “Start Workout” and begin riding. I can pause it if we stop. I only do this if we stop for an extended amount of time. Like today, when we rode to our library to pick up the mobile hot spot for our upcoming travel trailer trip. When we’re done riding, I hit pause, finish and then save. Easy Peasy.

To Katy Trail
To Library

Now my ebike has an odometer and a trip meter along with other data, but the MapMyRide app maps the routes and provides historical data. I like looking at that stuff, especially after my ride when I am back at home resting in the recliner.

Using these apps does motivate me. With Pacer, I set goals, and there are days when I walk just a bit more to achieve my goal. With MapMyRide, I haven’t set goals yet, but I probably will. I also know the MapMyRide app has a number of features, but I only use the basic part of it.

What about you? Do you use an app or some other way to track your exercise? Even if you don’t use an app, there’s one very important thing to remember. It still counts.

18 comments

  1. Good morning, Betty! Great post! The health app on my iPhone tracks my steps along with other health data. My FitBit app also tracks steps and maps my actual walk. For motivation, I use “Walk the Distance”, which is a paid app, but well worth it for me. I’m currently doing a virtual power walk of the Appalachian Trail and am almost at the 50% point of completion of the 2190 miles. Walk the Distance has many different destinations and pulls data from my phone health app to compare my distance to whatever trail I’m doing virtually.

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    • I looked into “Walk the Distance” after reading about it on your blog. I LOVE the idea of it. I told my daughter about it, and she thought it was a good deal, and I should get it. 🙂 Perhaps one day I will. It sounds like you enjoy tracking your power walks, too! Enjoy your day!

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    • At one point, Pacer was registering my regular bike rides (not ebike rides) as steps which I didn’t like. Fortunately, it doesn’t do that for the ebike rides. I do like tracking my steps. I’ve thought about getting a FitBit to replace Pacer. I’m thinking it might be more accurate. Plus, I wouldn’t always have to have my phone with me. Thanks for reading, and have a good day!

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  2. I used a fitbit but when I couldn’t change the date on it, stopped. It is an eye opener that normal activity doesn’t achieve 6,000 steps a day. I still walk but my daily form of exercise is a 23 minute TV program called Classical Stretch. . . just saying love it. Claudia

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    • I think we need to really enjoy whatever exercise we do. It’s much easier to stick to it when we enjoy it. Classical Stretch sounds great. Anything to keep me moving! Thanks for reading and your comment. Enjoy your day!

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  3. I use MapMyWalk when walking for exercise. At least I try to. Many times I’m half way into the walk before I remember to start it, or I forget to stop it when I’m done. A week later it tells me my walk was 20 miles long. I use AllTrails when hiking. I can download a map and use the app offline, which comes in handy when there is no service. It also gives me elevation gain, weather conditions and other useful information when hiking. I’ll certainly check out the MapMyRide app when we get our bikes. I just ordered them this morning. Can wait to show what we got in a future blogpost. 😊Happy Days and Safe Travels

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    • Oh, I’m so excited for you. I can’t wait to see what kind of ebikes you ordered and reading about what you do with them! I do feel like it is a whole new world! Regarding the walking apps, one reason I like Pacer is that it continually counts steps; I don’t have to remember to turn it on and off. I just have to have my phone with me. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great day!

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  4. Hi Betty, I also learned of the app Map My Ride from a fellow biker and really like it. I find using my phone’s gps, it is more accurate than the speedometer/odometer on my bike. I like looking back on my previous rides to see if I am improving in speed and distance or slowing down. Lately, it seems it has been the latter. Enjoy your rides!

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    • Thanks, David. Since I am riding an ebike, I’m not real concerned about my speed. All I have to do to improve my speed is level up on the pedal assist. 🙂 However, I do like to increase distance or time riding since this relates to increasing the amount I am exercising. We would have never ridden to the library on our regular bikes, but we did on our ebikes. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day!

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  5. I used “My Fitness Pal” for three years, logging and entering my stats on a nearly daily basis. I finally stopped entering the data when my doctor told me I needed to eat more and gain more weight. I still work out regularly, but I just decided to stop with the logging of information. lol. But hey, I say if it works for you, go for it! Great post. – Marty

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    • Whether we log or not, the most important thing is to do what we can to stay healthy. We all have different challenges. We just have to find what works for us individually. If I remember right, Gorgeous is a great cook, so you are lucky there! Enjoy your day!

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    • When we rode on the Katy Trail, I found it interesting to see how close we were to the Mississippi River when we were at the Black Walnut Trail head. There is a statue that jets out into the river near there, and I was trying to figure out if we could get to that statue on our bikes. I don’t know why, but I just like looking at maps. It sounds like you understand. 🙂 Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day!

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  6. I use the Apple fitness app that came with my Apple Watch. It gives me plenty of details about my walks and runs. But I hate to look at the data these days, because I’m quite a bit slower than I was pre-COVID. This pandemic has led to more inactivity and stress eating, which means I’m 10-15 pounds heavier than my ideal weight.

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    • Hi David. My son and daughter have an Apple Watch, and they really like the watch. For me, I’m not sure I could see the tiny screen! When I stay inside our house all day, I get less than 600 steps all day. That’s not good! I didn’t realize how little activity I had on days like this, so I try to do something to get more exercise. But the pandemic and days where it is too cold or too hot to get outside are definitely challenges! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a good day today.

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    • I just got a fit bit. I am not sure what it will count when I ride the ebike. Hopefully, it will be smart enough not to count my ride as steps. Who knows though? I guess the important part is that we are exercising! Enjoy your day!

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