I'm not sure how exactly I should read the tracker. I live in an outrageously hilly area, so I have to go uphill multiple times on my ride. I'm generally going under or at 10 mph, but I know I'm really working hard (rapid breathing, increased heart rate, etc). Is the tracker accurate for that? I just put it at 10mph because there is no lower option, but I feel like it evens out to that since I'm working so hard on the hills. Any advice/comments?
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My guess is that the fitness tracker calorie readouts are okay for rides predominantly on the flats. When I log mtb rides where my average speed is 7-10mph, it way underestimates because I can see I'm hitting a bpm in the 160s. ymmv.
I use my HRM and the fitness app MapMyFitness to track. My HRM says I burn about 900 calories in a 2 hour trail ride and the app shows 700. I don't know which one is accurate. BTW - my HRM does have a chest strap but I think that is a bit high
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I've only used my HRM with my bike once, but it showed that I burned far fewer calories than the Spark tracker did. I plan to test it out more this month. Since I'm trying to lose a few pounds, I try not to eat more while or because of biking. Gotta get that calorie deficit to lose!
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So, here's a beginner's question... If the calories I eat for the day minus the calories Spark says I burn riding comes out within my target calories for the day, am I going to be okay with losing weight? Can I use the exercise to speed weight loss (by not making up the calories burned) or should I stay inside the targets so as not to throw my body into "survival-hold onto the fat" mode? For instance, I road 20 miles Tue and 25 miles Wed, then had a steak dinner Wed night. Nutrition tracker says I was over for the day, but I'm pretty sure even with the ballpark figure for calories on the fitness tracker, that I should be okay. I just don't know if I should PLAN to eat more calories on long ride days.
Does anybody know how "ballpark" the fitness tracker calorie readouts are? For instance, shouldn't riding a road bike on pavement at 12 mph be different than riding a hybrid mountain bike on gravel at 12 mph? Riding on pavement sure feels easier anyway.
I don't know if someone can set up a dedicated beginners thread, but if you just ask your question, for the most part there are a lot of members on this team that are super helpful and more than willing to help. If you have any specific questions, you can feel free to pm me or post on my spark page and I'll answer if I can.
Cool article! I don't suppose we could set up a sticky thread for beginning cyclists like myself to ask newbie questions? (My apologies if something like that already exists. I just joined this team yesterday. )
GOALS FOR 2014
1. Run 1500 training miles
2. Score 270+ on Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
3. Train and run in Fall road race
4. Lose average of 8 lbs. per month until target weight is achieved
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