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 Post subject: Punted Strava.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:22 pm 
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I've been struggling with Strava and what it's all about for a long time. Maybe it's the time trial it's in me since it's really my ability against the clock. Beating my competition is enjoyable too.

I just want to focus on my own personal training. No more senseless and sometimes dangerous KOM's.

I deleted my account today and get the feeling that I'm not going to miss it.

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:50 pm 
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Well done that man.

I personally loathe Strava, pseudo-virtual-competition is not competition.

There is an element of schadenfreude when I see a pro who, on a casual training ride, blitzes everyone's KOM and the resulting whining that flows from there.

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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Plenty of people can use Strava for personal training. Route making, heatmaps, Sufferfests, Powercurves etc etc etc. Just rise above those fighting it out on virtual leaderboards for virtual kudos.


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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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deltree wrote:
Plenty of people can use Strava for personal training. Route making, heatmaps, Sufferfests, Powercurves etc etc etc. Just rise above those fighting it out on virtual leaderboards for virtual kudos.


+1. Treat it as "Facebook for cyclists" and you'll love it. I've got Strava for fun and trainingpeaks for hard work.


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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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All pretty relative to how petty the local crew can get about it...

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Personally don't get it or use Strava regularly either...

I have only posted my climbs ridden OS bar a couple local ones which I've just kept private so I could just see the ride stats.

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I like it, but only because it does SOME things better then Training Peaks; that said it is really designed to be social media for cyclists. For me it's a tracking tool, and seeing what your buddies are upto... KOM's well I've got one, and a very close 2nd!

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+1. Treat it as "Facebook for cyclists" and you'll love it. I've got Strava for fun and trainingpeaks for hard work.


Yeah, that's what I use Strava for. To keep up with what my friends are doing and get ideas for new rides. And maybe some basic metric tracking.

I don't care about KOMs or leaderboard positions because all the legit benchmark segments have thousands of people on them. It's a deep pool around here.

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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Agreed. I keep up with what my cycling buddies are up to, and I also find it a useful training tool for myself and my power meter. One day I'll make the effort to get my head around trainingpeaks but for now I'm finding Strava a useful and powerful tool.

It's not difficult to just ignore the whole segment cock-fighting. I think instead of believing that's what Strava is all about and deleting your account, you should focus on what other things Strava offers - I like commenting and encouraging some of my mates' rides, especially if they're going to be helping me out in some races this season!


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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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I use it as an alternative for the terrible Garmin website for data as it displays it well and allows for good analysis and logging distance. The leaderboards are just a bonus.

The main thing people often forget with strava is a KOM is a climb. Ignore any segment that isn't a climb over x hundred metres and you'll do okay.

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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I personally love Strava! I dont get all heated and competitive about it. I do find it useful to track form. I have powermeters on all my bikes and use WKO+ but for those who dont its the next best thing. Imagine in tens years time you'll be able to see where you were riding and compare to your current form. I love that aspect!

If you cant handle being 2000th on some random segment then maybe its not for you. I only look at rankings on main hill climbs. No way to cheat on them! Sometimes reality isnt easy to face. Make your own personal goals on important segments and leave all the others to the Freds

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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Curiously, I find its enjoyment is an inverse function of how competitive the cyclists are in ones normal rides. Round here, as Ive moaned on this site many time before, the top 100 KOMs are almost inevitably taken up with ex pros or pros on training rides. Once that part of its out the way I find it really fun to ride and compare my riding schedule and to beat my own PBs.


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I understand if you like the software to read the results of your workouts. On the other hand I find Garmin Training Center adequate for my needs.

Also living where I live for as long as I have I'm not going to find any new training routes. I think I get more out of on the road today thread. Not routes but more like places I would like to be on my bike.

Along the same lines I have not in a very long time posted any pictures of anything I have bought in the "What have you bought today thread". I have no desire to show what I bought for my enjoyment but just rather enjoy it. Its been well over a year since I have updated pictures of my bikes. Training and riding my bikes gives me all I need or want.


I also don't do Twitter , Facebook or any other social media sites either. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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right, but now youre touching on the whole "enjoyment versus communication" quasi-existentialist modern dilemma. We go on Safari every year and it never ceases to amaze me how many people are so obsessed with filming, photographing and syndicating to their social media "friends", seeing nothing. Whilst Im aware the very fact of posting makes me a hypocrite, but my excuse is I spend many hours sat in front of a desk for my own business waiting for something to happen. If it wasn't Id be riding, not posting. possibly!


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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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The way I see it is social networking is great, but wasn't everything a lot more friendly before it. Once you're sucked in it's hard to escape. Good on you for staying human.

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