Hello, and welcome! This guide will walk you through the steps that you can take in order to participate.
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First, and most importantly,congratulations on deciding to participate in the DFIRFit in 2020 challenge! Secondly, don’t get dissuaded by “miles”, we have created an easy to use spreadsheet so you can convert almost any activity to miles (more on that later)
Now that the hard part is out of the way, now you can work on setting up some important steps.
We created an easy to use Google Sheet that contains a wide variety of activities, and converts them into miles based off how long you performed that activity/exercise. The multipliers are based off of the chart on the blog, but have also been updated for activities that members of this group are likely to perform. If there is an activity that you would like to have added, please let us know, and we will add it as quickly as possible.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The spreadsheet has to be shared as editable, so you may notice that someone else is using it at the same time as you. You are welcome to make a copy, but be aware that exercises and/or values will be updated on the main spreadsheet. This shouldn’t be a huge issue, as there are around 125+ activities there, but if you request something specific to be added, make sure you make a copy of the latest version(s)
The missions can sync with a variety of fitness trackers/devices automatically (you can do so here https://www.myvirtualmission.com/connections , and be sure to follow all of the applicable instructions, including what data source(s) and/or activity(ies) to sync), but you can also input data manually. For the manual option, the easiest way is to navigate to “My Missions” ( https://www.myvirtualmission.com/default/profile ) then submit distance accordingly, which should look similar to below. It is important to note that the distance is only recorded to one decimal place, so round up or round down accordingly (the Google Sheet takes care of this automatically for you for non-distance recorded activities, so you just have to copy and paste). Just like any other import of data, you may “double dip” if you do not specify on your fitness tracker (as well as your phone) to not count steps during activity(ies). The way to disable this differs from device to device, so if you want to ensure that does not happen, and want to count steps, Google is your friend :)
UPDATE, January 18, 2020: Thanks to Sarah Edwards for confirming this, when you pay for Premium Access, the challenge(s) may now actually recognizes both Apple Watch and iPhone (in some cases, or if you originally set it up that way, it didn’t previously). So you may have to delete duplicate entries from these device(s) if you do not want to “double dip” on overall progress in the race(s).
MORE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use Strava to automatically import your data, it will most likely display a map of where that activity occurred, even if it was stationary in your home. If that is of concern to you, sharing map data of your activity(ies) do not connect Strava as an automatic data input.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When using the My Virtual Mission application on your device(s) will likely allow you to see additional “My Connections” services, such as Google Fit on Android and Health Kit on Apple. These are not available through the website itself, you have to do this on your mobile device(s). Also be aware that although you may record workouts/activities in your “My Connections” services, it may not count as a “distance” activity, so you may have to make a manual entry in order to count that for distance. For example, cardio with no distance, or a HIIT class, or stretching, or a strength workout may not count for distance through the automatic syncing, and you will have to create a manual entry.
For everyone who records at least one activity on the DFIRFit in 2020 mission, they will be entered into a random drawing that will occur on the first day of each month, and will receive a small package of, as of yet, TBD, items. This is meant to help motivate participants to stay active.