Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Truth About STRAVA

I was first intrigued about Strava when a guy walked into TriSports and asked if John Song was working.  "I don't know him, he said, "but we follow each other on Strava."

It was at this point that I needed more info.  So I downloaded the app for myself and it became my new addiction.  Here's how the Strava website explains it:

Strava grew out of our own needs as athletes. With busy lives requiring much solo training, we missed the sense of camaraderie and friendly competition that drove us to achieve our best through training with others. We envisioned Strava as the means to put our workouts and races into context. We call that social fitness.
Today, Strava lets athletes all over the world experience social fitness—sharing, comparing and competing with each other's personal fitness data via mobile and online apps. Currently focused on the needs of avid cyclists and runners, Strava lets you track your rides and runs via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device to analyze and quantify your performance. Strava makes fitness a social experience, providing motivation and camaraderie even if you’re exercising alone.

I began to gather my friends through this social media site and learned something quickly:  those friends of mine who rode faster and better than I did were training and riding HARDER and MORE than I ever was.  What an eye opener to see Lyn was doing five rides a week and a century each weekend.  My mountain biking pals were on the trails for hours at a time, while I was just casually riding a couple of times a week.

Strava is a great way to see how your training stacks up to your riding partners.  Are they getting in an extra 40 or 50 miles of training through commutes and extended rides on you?  Are you pushing yourself to new limits?  Can you do better than you did last week?  Strava will answer all of these questions for you.  And it will give you a jump start to ride better and try harder than you've ever done in your training.

See for yourself.  Get a STRAVA account today and follow me...lorie tucker.

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