There are many who view Strava as a scourge sweeping across the cycling world which takes the fun out of riding – where every meter of road or trail has been turned into a warpath…..errrr……”segment” with riders seeking virtual glory. It probably has induced too much of an “ABR” mentality for those with Strava-itis (ABR = Always Be Racing). Stories of dudes on Walmart clunkers yelling at people to get out of the way on a descent with shouts of “on a Strava run!” may be overblown but it’s not far off.
I do, however, enjoy using Strava because it provides an objective means by which to analyze training by providing a graphical display of your route on a map with various bio-metric values overlayed (e.g. heart-beat, cadence, power, speed, etc.). Yes, I shoot for KOM glory and PR’s when I’m ready to get after it. (That was cycling speak – the last sentence translated = Yes, I am guilty of being that dude from the first paragraph.)
But after the dust settles and I get past looking at the times, stats, etc., I’m left with the true reason I ride my bike: it’s fun to see where I’ve been and recall the memories associated with those rides. I just came across a site that lets you map a collection of your rides and the cumulative display is rather cool to view! The website along with a map of my past 100 rides: http://www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/map.php
I’m curious to see where the next 100 days takes my wheels . . .