Race countdown, health chart markers and new date filters
Spring is arriving here in North America, bringing with it race season and a number of useful updates to the SportTracks platform related to races and performance modeling.
If you have a race planned, you may have noticed a new feature appeared on your dashboard showing a countdown timer to your next race:
If you don't see a countdown timer to your next race, make sure to add the planned race to your calendar, and pick the "Race" type in the sub-sport for the run, ride or swim.
Health Chart Markers
Over on the health page you can now add race markers to your charts. Our athletes requested to add this feature a while back and it makes a lot of sense. You can add race markers to any chart, but it probably makes the most sense on your performance charts. Moving your mouse over the marker shows the event details, and you can click it to zoom to the event:
To add chart markers click the settings gear in the upper right corner of the chart panel and select the markers you want to see.
New Date Filters
You may have noticed another change on the health page - the time filter links have been replaced by a button that opens the date selection dialog. Using the dialog you can pick any range of custom dates, or a relative period of time before today. Relative dates can be any duration of time based on a number of days, weeks, months or years.
You can also totally customize a duration to show future predicted trends for performance modeling and health. Fitness, Fatigue and Performance will incorporate future planned workouts and changes due to recovery into your training load. Recorded health metrics you are tracking such as weight will use a straight line prediction from a best fit of the last 30 days of data. Use the trend prediction line with a grain of salt; there's no advanced modeling happening here, just a linear extrapolation on a best fit, so the line can get a bit nonsensical after a few weeks. But still, it's nice to see where things are going.
The date selection dialog is used in three other places: filtering the workouts in the analysis, workouts, and personal records pages. With this improvement you now have much more flexibility in customizing your reports to use relative dates. Enjoy!