New to dailymile? Still trying to find your way around? Puzzled by the lingo. Here’s help in the form of a glossary of sorts. Call it dailymilepedia if you like.
DMer: An athlete who posts workouts on dailymile and is a part of the dailymile community is often called a DMer on dailymile. (There, now I can use that word in the rest of this post.)
Leaderboard: Your leaderboard is the place you go on dailymile to see how you stack up against your friends in the battle for mileage supremacy each week. The top four mileage grabbers appear on the right hand column of your home page each day, but there’s so much more if you’ll dig a little deeper. Click on the leaderboard link and you are ushered into a wonderland of information. On the official leaderboard page, you can filter your list by different sports or can compare your mileage to your friends’ totals or, with another click, measure your efforts against the entire site. Cyclists love the leaderboard, because, unless there’s a 100K or 100-mile running race at the beginning of the week, they can dominate the top spot for weeks on end. The leaderboard’s “everyone” tab is also a great place to look for new friends who will challenge you to do more than you thought you could do.
Zap the Zero: Every Monday, the most hated figure on dailymile appears at the top of every DMer’s home page. The figure detested by all is that nasty zero that taunts those who have yet to post a workout. This valueless place holder screams “loser” at the top of its nonexistent lungs until the DMer shuts it up with a quick lunch run or an epic bike ride or an early morning swim. When this first workout of the week is posted and the ugly stepchild is replaced with the number of miles (or kms) completed, in dailymile parlance, the zero has been zapped. The workout that banishes the zero is called a zero zapper. The earlier in the week the zero is zapped, the better. It takes the edge off the crankiness Monday morning’s bring.
dailymile meetup: People meet and form bonds of friendship, or even love, over the internet all the time. On occasion, they are able to arrange a time and place to get together face to face. Such meetups may lead to true love or to death by boredom. A dailymile meetup takes the best of regular meetups and adds a 4:00am run or a 50-mile bike ride to the mix. dailymile meetups may be large or small, pre-race or post-race. Most involve food. Athletes are a hungry lot! If you’re signed up for a race, check on dailymile to see if other DMers have organized a meetup. Better yet, set one up yourself and make it a great time for your dailymile friends.
Burning Donuts: When you run, tons of energy is expended. When you swim, you leave something of yourself in the pool. (Don’t even go there!) When you bike, you burn calories. The folks at dailymile acknowledge this and have devised a creative way to measure energy spent. They determined the amount of energy required to burn off the calories gained by consuming a single donut and then created the “donuts burned” meter. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you’ll find this bit of training data on your training tab at the bottom of the page. A new donut is burned every time you work off 185 calories. Some use their donut number to gauge for how many greasy, iced rings of dough they can eat at the office later in the day.
The Feeling Meter: After every workout, as a DMer is posting, they have the option of sharing how they felt. (Who says guys don’t share feelings?) If their run was an incredible experience, they can click the big grin marked “great!” A simple smiling “good” is merited if a ride feels right, but isn’t the most epic of adventures. The “alright” icon indicates a pleasant, but less than amazing workout experience. “Blah” is the perfect selection for a weightlifter who’s non-committal or apathetic toward that day’s session. If a swimmer completes a workout despite “not feeling it” that morning, they may choose the “tired” button. When working through an injury, a DMer may quietly whimper by clicking “injured”. Some (just me really) have suggested the need for a “sickly” button for those workouts where nausea hits and you want to (or do) puke. It’s a no go so far, but every DMer knows they’d use it.
Motivations: When commenting on a fellow athlete’s post, a DMer can add a bit of punch to it by attaching a motivation. Why just say, “Nice Job” to your friend when you can say it with a green thumbs up motivation. If a certain performance amazes you, say, “Great Performance” with the blue running man. When a DMer’s post makes you want to try harder or take a stab at something new, tack on an orange “You’re an Inspiration” star. A friend is injured? Slap a pink “Get Better” band-aid over their wound. Who wants to type the clichéd “LOL” when you can add a greenish grinning “You’re Funny” motivation icon to your comment? Sad DMer? Give them a cup of “Feel Better” tea. If you’re ready to rumble, send an “I’ll Beat You” motivation and the race is on. Has a friend PRed? Pin that blue “Congrats” ribbon on their chest. Are they planning to compete in a race next week? Bid them godspeed with a “Good Luck” horseshoe. Anyone can comment on a workout. Make your comments stand out with a motivation.
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