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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:03 pm 
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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.

Same at bike races. In the moments of no tunnel vision in races like the nationals road race, you do notice people who, every lap, have their iPad in front of their face as you come past.

Pondering it now, it's stunning*.


*at the time there's no chance to make any in-depth analysis. Tunnel vision has normally resumed.

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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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It's great for longitudinal data. I look at segments when I started riding bikes 3 years ago and see that my heart rate is down and time is up! That's a good comparison. People who take strava seriously are serious


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Strava is a great way to track your progress and motivate yourself and friends. It's probably the best innovation in cycling in the past decade.


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Devon wrote:
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.
Social media should only be used with care. Some criminals have been caught when they posted videos they made of their crimes to social media. Even something seemingly as innocent as Strava could catch someone up if it showed that they were riding when they were supposedly doing something else, such as being out sick from work.


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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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I agree HammerTime, but that's just another way of putting 'don't be stupid' and 'don't get up to no good'.

Stupid people have a hard time with social media.


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I usually upload a months worth of riding at once, so I don't obsess over leaderboards.
It's fun seeing what rides friends have done, and finding a new route if I'm out of tone, but really I could care less about taking it seriously :P


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 Post subject: Re: Punted Strava.
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Comparing similar rides (or portions) is much simpler with Strava than Garmin's outdated Connect site. That keeps me interested in uploading to Strava.

If you're ditching / ditched Strava, would you consider ditching your cyclometer, too? Someone once said that riding (untethered) for the fun of it was the best... I'm sure they were mistaken. LOL.

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Any KOM is way off limits in the winter up here, yet I find uploading my sessions to Strava rewarding. It is a nice way of keeping up with what my cycling friends are up to, and a great way to easily compare training sessions. Sharing and getting feedback can also be somewhat rewarding when you're out all alone in -10'C, doing intervals in the dark :-)

Also sharing routes in e.g. Gran Canaria, or even more familiar locatiions, with friends has proven very useful.

The excessive KOM-hunting? Not really into that, but hunting a KOM sometimes if it fits my training plan can be really fun and an extra motivator.

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Strava is also the closest thing to twitter for cycling in regards to following professional riders. People like Laurens ten Dam, Taylor Phinney, Ted King, Evie Stevens among others are all active and able to be followed by the public. Seeing where they ride (and how ridiculously fast they all are) is more motivating and inspirational to me personally than any kudos or koms.

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I really like Strava. But, admittedly, I only really use it to keep track of my own relative progress and compare to peopler who I know personally aren't cheating. Even then. though, you can't take it too seriously because of wind and draft conditions.

I always end up at about the 50th percentile on every segment, so I am not in any danger of shooting for a KOM.

I also know and saw some of the KOM's being set during the Tour of Utah. They really do go that fast. :unbelievable:

I like Golden Cheetah for analysis.


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Comparing similar rides (or portions) is much simpler with Strava than Garmin's outdated Connect site.

Waiting for Garmin to buy Strava - then turn it in to their version of Training Peaks.

Especially given it's already now part of the way there...

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Is "cheating" on Strava really cheating?


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I like it but I don't take it too serious so that's the key. I get uncomfortable when grown men start talking about a 'KOM's that exist on the internets.


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Tinea Pedis wrote:
Johnny Rad wrote:
Comparing similar rides (or portions) is much simpler with Strava than Garmin's outdated Connect site.

Waiting for Garmin to buy Strava - then turn it in to their version of Training Peaks.

Especially given it's already now part of the way there...


That's interesting - it'd be really convenient for Garmin/Strava users like myself and many others.


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I don't use it as much as I used to, but still like to see what my friends are doing. I've had a couple of KOMs but have since lost them since the big boys and girls that used to keep their rides and training off Strava have gone on there now. Now I look at what people are doing and have even more respect for some of those people and how hard they ride, train, compete and hold down full time jobs etc.

I don't get worried about where I sit on a leaderboard, but I like to see my own progression.

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