How To Plan Routes on Sports Tracker
In running, biking, and life in general, when you have a goal in mind it really helps to have a plan on how to get there.
Planning a route on Sports Tracker (available only for Android devices) for either a specific distance or duration is one of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of any workout, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar location.
Using Sports Tracker, you can plan a route using your mobile or laptop. Most people find the larger screen on a computer to be much more useful in the planning stage, so that’s what we’ll be using here.
To get started, go to Sports-tracker.com, login and click Routes in the top menu, then click Plan a Route at top right to get to the maps.
Mapping the Route
You can start mapping your route right away but before you start it’s helpful to toggle through the different maps to determine which is most useful for you. By also filtering Draw Mode and Activity Type you will help the algorithm provide the kind of route that will be most interesting to you.
To start mapping, simply click + drag to move the map around. Click once to drop a pin as your starting point. Click again along your preferred route and Sports Tracker will automatically fill in the fastest route between the two pins.
If the route that has been selected is not the route you wish to follow, simply click the last pin you dropped and drag it backwards along your preferred route until your desired route appears. You can also erase your last few moves by clicking the Undo at the top right of the map.
To plan your route based on the duration of your workout, look below the distance readout and click on the red number following Estimated Time.
Don’t be afraid be afraid to drop in loads of pins because extra pins will help you later on if you decide to alter your route. For instance, you many want to add or subtract a few kilometers to a favorite route or check out an alternative section.
When you’re happy with your results, fill in a Route Name, hit Save and your route will be saved to the Sports Tracker Routes page.
How to Follow a Route on Sports Tracker
To follow a route you’ve created, open Sports Tracker on your mobile, click the Diary icon at the bottom of the page, click Routes at top right, click the route you want to follow, then click Follow Route, Continue and Start.
Planning routes takes a little bit of trail and error but it’s also really intuitive and highly addictive. Be forewarned that once you get started, it’s hard to stop!
And if you have any questions or if you know of any tricks or tips to planning a route please leave them in the Comments below.