From “Out of Shape” to Triathlon 5th Place

Testimonial by Fitdigits User Len W.

I was introduced to triathlon by a good friend of mine after learning about my new found love for running. I had been challenged by my brother-in-law to compete in the Super Spartan race in Temecula, CA. At that time I was pretty out of shape after getting married and settling into a new career. With only two month to prepare for a race through an obstacle course with no running experience, I needed help in learning how to run and get into shape fast! That’s when I started searching for apps on my iPhone. I found Fitdigits and after reading about the functions, etc. I decided to download it onto my phone and give it a shot.

After my first few races and a half marathon I realized that I had hit a wall and was no longer progressing. I had just transitioned to Triathlons and wanted to be able to track my running, cycling and swimming. Although the app doesn’t specifically address swimming, I can enter the data and the GPS still tracks me in the water when I place my phone in a waterproof case. What I really liked about Fitdigits was the GPS component and the audible stats letting me know my current pace, average pace and distance traveled. That really helped me improve my overall performance in each discipline significantly and in a very short period of time.

My goal was to improve my overall race performance within a years’ time. I had been consistently finishing in the top 20% of my age group and wanted to finish in the top 10% or better. With the help of Fitdigits, I was able to place 5th in my age group at an Olympic distance triathlon placing me in the top 5%! Needless to say I was very happy with my results.

I started by establishing a baseline for each discipline and then from there, I would track my performance in each discipline against a set training schedule using the baseline stats as my starting point. After each week I was able to see my progress with specific detail provided through app in the history field. I was quickly able to compare my previous results, on a day to day basis or I could compare on weekly bases and make adjustments to my workout routine as necessary.

One thing I especially appreciate is being able to see the duration of my workout, distance traveled, calories burned (huge for me), pace average, CPM avg., and I like to see the Elevation ascent and descent. It really helps me see clearly how I’m actually performing from day to day based on terrain as well. It’s not static. Because the history is easy to see, I can compare how I’m doing really easily. Another huge feature me is how it syncs with my Lose it App. I also track my caloric intake as I’m also adjusting my diet for race day. Another cool feature is the map showing me my route.

I’m having so much fun tracking my progress both on the app but more importantly in real life in my events, that I’ve been recommending the app to several friends at work and in my Tri club. As a result of my training schedule, coupled with the Fitdigits App, I’ve been able to hit my targets and achieve my goals. I’m in better shape today at 49 than I’ve been in in the last 20yrs. I tell my friends that if they want to lose weight, hit a specific fitness goal or improve in their game to get this App!

Post Workout Results to Lose It!

The iOS version of Fitdigits offers the ability to post your workout results to Lose It! directly from the Fitdigits app. Follow these steps:

*Make sure you have downloaded Lose It! and have created an account on your device before starting.

1. Open your Fitdigits App

2. Go to the Results tab and select the workout you wish to share. Tap Share in the upper right

3. Tap Lose It! (Photo 1)

4. The time and calories of your workout will appear in another screen. Tap “Add” in the upper right hand corner (Photo 2)

5. From here you will have two options: Either go back to Fitdigits, or Remain in Lose It!. Tap “Remain in Lose It!” to view your shared results. (Photo 3) (NOTE: It has been our experience that the “Remain in Lose It!” button does not respond immediately. Do not give up so soon. Keep tapping the button until it is successfully shared.) 

6. Be sure to scroll to the appropriate date to view your posted workout! (Photo 4)

Tap Lose It!

Tap “Add” in the Upper Right Hand Corner

Tap “Remain in Lose It! (Might take a few times)

View Your Workout in Lose It!

Share Your Fitdigits Activities to Our Partners

Ever since preschool, it has been hammered into our heads to share. “Sharing is caring” my preschool teacher, Ms. Cray, would always say, and I must say she got that right (also was a big fan of nap time).

You’ve seen the power of adding a Daily Activity provider or Nutrition & Calorie Intake provider. Here we will cover sharing activities tracked in Fitdigits apps to our workout sharing partners. It’s easy to show your friends, family and workout buddies that you truly care by sharing your Fitdigits workouts. It is fun, easy, and a great way to inspire others, or also if you happen to have a lot of data in a particular portal, and aren’t ready to make the full jump, but still love using our apps!

Share your workouts to: TrainingPeaks, Strava, Runkeeper, DailyMile, Facebook, MyFitnessPal, Twitter and More

With our Star Membership, you have the ability to auto-share to your partners. When paired and set to on, activity providers will be automatically updated every time you do a workout without having to share manually as outlined here.

To Share from your iOS or Android device:

1. Go into the detailed Results of the activity you want to shareSharing to partners from Fitdigits apps
2. Tap the “Share” in the upper right hand corner
3. Tap how you want to share the activity.
4. If you don’t see the partner you want to share to in the list, tap “Add Share Partner” and select / link to the desired partner.

NOTES: Make sure you have synced your workouts by performing a Sync before you attempt to share via .csv. Fitdigits will not allow you to email your results via .csv, .gpx or .tcx if you have not already synced the workout.

Also, from the devices, share is only for activity partners, not device partners such as Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or nutrition partners such as MyFitnessPal. The share to those partners is typically automatic on sync, but if there is an issue, you can also share them via the website, see below for more.

 

To Share from the Website:

Partner Share from Fitdigits Website

1. Go into the detailed Results of the activity you want to share (it must be synced from the device to the cloud to show on the website).
2. Tap the “Share” in the upper right hand corner
3. Tap how you want to share the activity.
4. If you don’t see the partner you want to share to in the list, tap “Add Share Partner” and select / link to the desired partner.

Ways you can share:

Share Page 
This option creates a custom page that accessible by those with the link. Using that URL, you can share the page / activity with anyone or any way you choose. When you are on that page, you will see a set of options on the left side of the page that make it easy to click and share.

Apple Health
This will share your Fitdigits workout to your Apple Health app. For more information, see the blog post on Apple Health.

Email
This will share your Fitdigits workout results via email. When you tap email, Fitdigits will put a summary of your data, as well as include the screenshots you specified. You can then send this email to whomever you like!

Facebook
This will share your Fitdigits workout to your Facebook wall. For more information, see the blog post on Facebook Sharing.

Twitter
This will share your Fitdigits Workout to your Twitter sphere. For more information, see the blog post on Tweeting your Workouts

Strava
This will upload your information to Strava. Strava is a online workout logging website, with both free and premium accounts available. You can upload all of your Fitdigits workouts so you have them in an easy to access format. To share, make sure you link to Strava by going to Menu > Partners >Strava, enter your Strava username and password and tap Save.

Now go back to your workout results, tap Share -> Strava, choose what type of workout you performed, tap save and you will receive a message verifying that your workout has been uploaded.

Notes: Strava doesn’t support indoor workout types except Elliptical – see here for more, and note the bottom comment about a Work out type with an indoor checkbox is no longer valid. They need GPS for a valid share or, it seems, marking the workout as an Elliptical. If you have any update please let us know at support @ fitdigits.com

Daily Mile
This will upload your workouts to your dailymile account. Login using your dailymile username and password. If you login to dailymile using your Facebook account, go the dailymile website and login with your Facebook account. Next, choose the option to change your password, and create a password for your Facebook account on dailymile. After you have done this, when you try to pair with dailymile do not login via Facebook, but instead use your Facebook email address and new password.

Runkeeper
This will upload your workouts to your Runkeeper account. Login using your Runkeeper username and password. If you login to Runkeeper using your Facebook account, go the Runkeeper website and login with your Facebook account. Next, choose the option to change your password, and create a password for your Facebook account on Runkeeper. After you have done this, when you try to pair with Runkeeper do not login via Facebook, but instead use your Facebook email address and new password.

See here as an example of how to add Runkeeper and share a workout to them:

Training Peaks
This will upload your information to Training Peaks. Training Peaks is a online workout and nutrition logging website, with both free and premium accounts available. You can upload all of your Fitdigits workouts so you have them in an easy to access format. To share, make sure you link to Training Peaks by going to Menu > Partners > Training Peaks, enter your Training Peaks username and password and tap Save.

Now go back to your workout results, tap Share -> Training Peaks, choose what type of workout you performed, tap save and you will receive a message verifying that your workout has been uploaded.

Lose It! (iOS devices only)
You can also now visualize your results through Lose It! For more information, see our blog post on Sharing Workouts to Lose It!

Email .csv, .tcx, .gpx
Choosing this option will email yourself your workout results as a linke to a .csv, .tcx and .gpx file. A .csv file is best opened in Excel and once you have this data, you can manipulate it in excel or upload it to numerous workout tracking websites. The other file types, .tcx and .gpx, are popular file formats for workout upload sites such as Garmin Connect.