Latest improvements: tablet browsing, event tracker, heart rate and power zones
We like to keep a constant flow of new features here on Map My Tracks. Most are developed as a result of feedback from our users and others fit nicely into our long term plan to make sure Map My Tracks is the best sports community available.
We’ve been busy behind the scenes developing some key new features that include better mobile browsing, full support for heart rate and power zones, new effort scores and loads of event tracking features. We’ll summaries the main features starting with mobile browsing.
Better tablet browsing
There has been a dedicated mobile version for a while now and it a great way to browse your profile in a mobile browser. With more people browsing the Map My Tracks on tablet devices we wanted to make sure that commonly used pages were nice and slick for these screen sizes.
We’ve tweaked the activity page to optimise the layout for tablets. This makes it super simple for coaches, friends and family to follow a person’s workout in real-time. It’s a great tool to remotely monitor their progress, speed, heart rate and power all in real-time.
Heart rate and power zones
Personalised heart rate and power zones can now be set up. Once set, each activity that includes heart rate or power data uses the zones to give you more information about the time and effort in zone. Zones are a great way to measure your training progress and provide an invaluable metric to monitor.
If you are not using heart rate or power in your workout then we would recommend that you start. The Map My Tracks app supports the Wahoo Fitness range of sensors and makes it easy to record (or broadcast live) your heart rate. For the cyclists out there that ride with power meters our app can also be used in conjunction with the Wahoo Fitness sensors to record (or broadcast live) power data.
Heart rate and power zones are a Map My Tracks PLUS feature so upgrade now to take advantage of this new feature.
Along side the new heart rate zones we have also added a new effort score for each activity that includes heart rate data. The effort score is a measure of how much work you’ve done for each activity.
Map My Tracks scores the effort made for each activity by analyzing heart rate. The harder you work, or the longer go, and the effort score goes up. Take it easy and the effort score goes down. It’s to compare your activities with your training buddies.
The Effort Score is based on the intensity, derived by heart rate, and the duration of the activity. Map My Tracks automatically score any activity that has personalised heart rate zones and heart rate data is available. To have your activity effort scored first set up your heart rate zones and ensure you record your heart rate during your activities
Event tracking tools and features
We’ve been busy enhancing the range of features that event organiser can take advantage of to broadcast their event live. New to the Map My Tracks Event Tracker is more control over creating races, enhanced elevation profiles, route markers and much more. This round of changes provides event organisers with more control over how each event is presented and makes it easier to manage races and events.
We hope you like all the new features across the site. There’s are loads more in the pipeline and we’ll let you know as soon as they are ready to use.