I’ve been keeping a record of all my cycling trips for a couple of years ever since I set myself a cycling target for 2011. At first I thought this might be a rather nerd-ish thing to do but I needed to know the distances for the year – so I created a simple spreadsheet and entered the data (from my trip computer) after every ride. I’ve kept this going and, perhaps unexpectedly, I’ve found it quite a motivational tool.
I think this is because whenever I look at it and see a ‘missed’ week, I feel guilty! Even though I don’t have an ‘official’ target for 2012, I still find myself comparing distances between this year and last. Perhaps it’s just me!
- There are many websites or smartphone apps that will keep a record of cycling distances as well. I use a few of these, including Endomondo, Instamapper, ViewRanger and Social Hiking but I pick and choose between them according to the type of ride and my objectives (and anticipated battery life). So, my spreadsheet is always the master record.
How about you? What are your motivational tips?