Metres and Miles     

  The FREE target setting Excel spreadsheet for all

swimmers,    walkers,     cyclists,    runners,    rowers......  ......but mainly swimmers!!

Welcome Back!

  Grrr... not a good year for any of us I guess.

Lockdowns to try to control the spread of covid19 have hit everyone hard in the UK and elsewhere.

As you can see from my 2020 chart below, several months with either no swims or reduced wet time have made training sporadic at best.

(I failed to hit my target even after halving it back in July)

However, walks/dogwalks, golf, gardening and rowing machine have all helped to keen me reasonably fit and sane throughout.

The start of 2021 is going to be hard for all until vaccinations are completed.

At some point we will return to pools to train and compete again!

Until then stay safe everyone.

Happy New Year.

M&M      Version News:

4th Jan 2021 

2021 v1.1 available

1st Jan 2020 

2020 v1.1 available

wet days of the week display

improved current year vs previous year's chart

8th Jan 2019

2019 v1.2 available

'forecast' chart bug swatted

new 10-year data display added

25th Dec 2018

2019 v1.1 available

7th Feb 2018

2018 v1.2 available

'average speed check' chart bug swatted

30th Dec 2017

2018 v1.1 available

"2018" added

'basic' version dropped

various bugs sorted from 2017 v2.9

18th Dec 2016

2017 v1.1 available

"2017" added

'advanced' version added

31st Dec 2015

2016 v1.1 available

"2016" added

new features included

some color corrections

31st Jan 2015 News Flash:- CloudOn issues!

Cloud On is dead in the water - long live Excel :(

5th Jan 2015

2015 v2.1.1 available

unit selection activated for MACs

31st Dec 2014

2015 v2.1 available

"2015"  added

31st Dec 2014

2015 v2.0 available

extra features added

20th Dec 2014 2015 v1.4 available

chart corrections made

15th Dec 2014

2015 v1.3 available

   13th Dec 2014 '

new version' beta available

(+ Dave's example sheet)

    9th Dec 2014 

2014 download available

M&M 2021  

  • click filename for FREE download NOW!!!

MetresandMiles 2021 v1.1 

2021 Version includes no changes:

What to do next:

1. To avoid disappointment read and use the 'Hints for New Users' -see below

2. Click on the link above to download and SAVE the new M&M onto your desktop computer, then OPEN the file into Excel.

3. Enter your target distance - click on your choice of units

4. Optional: enter your choice of venue (or swim location) codes - you have total freedom of choice here and can change your mind later too!

5. Do your swims - enter distances - Optional: enter venue code and estimated minutes swimming/getting wet!

6. Check the My Stats page for analyses                                                                 - see how close to the target swim line  __  you are.

7. Optional: Enter your previous years swim totals (on the JAN page) - and see where your new this year's forecast is taking you :)

8. these 2 images show:-

(above) my previous years (2018 not completed)

(right)  how they display on the 2019 MyStats page

NB - this will change once the new year gets started

with the 2018 data included!!

New design features for 2021

            • no changes this year :)

New design features for 2020

  • new: wet days of the week diplay
  • improved: functioniing of 'forecast chart' data vs historical year data

New design features for 2019

  • language options available - apologies for any


  • previous years 'M&M totals' achieved can be input for a new

chart experience!

New design features for 2018

  • 2017 'advanced' version is the now the standard version this year

New design features for 2017

  • smoother/clearer data entry
  • 'basic' version and new 'advanced' version

New design features for 2016

  • easier to change chart units using 'Excel for iPad/iPhone'
  • 'todays swims' distance included on 'My Stats' page

New design features for 2015

  • your target can be set in miles, yards or metres
  • the new target that appears for the NEXT month is dependent on progress so far in previous months.

(BUT with your target for the whole year firmly in focus!!)

  • you can enter data in miles, yards, meters or any combination in any one day!!

Hints for new users:

(someone not sure how to open an EXCEL file on their device)

STEP 1:PC or MAC with MS Excel (2007 or later)

1.    download the file above onto your desktop PC or MAC and SAVE AS with a new file name   

(e.g. "Dave's swims 2019"; "Anita's rows 2019"; "Pedro's cycles 2019"

2.     set a target for the year on the 'My Stats' page, revisiting it several times in the first month or so if you are not sure the level to set it at first time. entering 'venue codes' are optional

3.    start entering each training distance ('venue codes' and 'times' are optional ) for each day of the month and then check on your progress on the 'My Stats' page

*Experienced users will probably want a copy to be saved in the cloud to access from anywhere, on any device - see my solution below if you haven't done this sort of thing before

Hints for not so new users - using mobile devices:

STEP 2: Using iPad & iPhone (NOT to be done before step 1)

Ipads and iPhones CANNOT import these, highly formatted, Excel files directly

without messing them up completely!!!!! - try it and see !

You will need to use Excel for iPad or Excel for iPhone

My Workaround Method - there are other ways and other clouds to do this!

  • Use your PC to open a free Dropbox account
  • Save a copy of the M&M spreadsheet into Dropbox.
  • Load the free app Excel for iPad into your iPad/iPhone and link it with Dropbox - ggogle for help if needed
  • Open the spreadsheet by opening Excel for iPad, then select the Dropbox folder, then click on the spreadsheet you want to open


  • After entering new training data it is VERY important to either SAVE the data or exit propely from one device before using a different device. This helps Dropbox to know exactly which copy is your latest copy!


  • If you do make a mess of it, Dropbox has an easy way of REVERTing to a previous version!

  • The app 'Excel for iPad' is available free and will nearly do everything you need, via Dropbox (or similar Cloud Storage).

  • 'Excel for iPad' cannot use the unit 'option buttons' to change the chart units - but you can easily change all of them, on ALL charts, at the same time, using the yellow box numbers on the My Stats page.

    Remember to Google every time you get stuck with anything

      - there's loads of help out there


  • Technology that we are using successfully at home 

(there are many other ways of doing this I believe):

  • ipads with Excel for iPad app, linked to Dropbox
  • iphone 7 with Excel for iPad app, linked to Dropbox
  • iMac + Excel for Mac, linked to Dropbox
  • PC with Windows 10 + Excel, linked to Dropbox

  • All devices are able to access the spreadsheet in use, via Dropbox, so that the latest data is accessible from any device.

  • The latest spreadsheet copy is automatically loaded into the memory of ALL our devices  -  if/as they are switched on.

  • This means the M&M spreadsheet is available to view or enter data on any device at any time we choose anywhere in the world.  Brilliant!

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