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Last week I got that bloody awful crown logo on my phone from Strava! you know exactly the one that goes ‘Uh OH! You have lost your KOM’ ahh not yet another - oh f@@k off!

About 2/3 hours later after much deliberating I deleted my account & then just to be sure logged into my old (pre-Strava) mapmyride account & wiped it too – all trace of active bike history gone! El Teide rides, east coast Tenerife gone, Scottish trip gone, sportives & a reasonable handful of (remaining) KOM’s gone & most importantly to me a simple record of the number of miles several years cycling gone… why?

Ok so I’ve not been having a great year fitness wise, not been ill or injured enough to be off the bike but since the turn of the year I just am not as fit as I was last year & can’t seem to find the reason.

Losing the jewel in my crown of ‘KOM’s an 16:08 min tricky uphill with the next best placed time being 17:22 & having a good number of people tried it was too much for me to bear – I’m been on super form the day I got it, it had stood since July last year but this on the back of losing several in the last two months odd was too much for me to take, I probably acted irrationally, in fact I’m pretty sure I did but I considered my pending action for a few hours before I struck – I wanted to be sure & tbh do I miss little snippets of information like actually knowing how far I’ve gone, yes, what my average was or elevation, yes, am I really that bothered… NO I’m glad I have done it, ok I don’t regularly cycle with a good few of the people I followed & who followed me so I’ll not be able to ‘Kudos’ them on their antics but the whole thing was just getting to me.

I miss watching my ever increasing overall mileage, that in itself gave me a little sense of pride in myself but I don’t plan to go back, I intend to ride my bike, before I had any tracking my body knew when I was going fast or hard or far for long periods because err I couldn’t breathe, my legs hurt A LOT the bloody great big hill in front was well yeh..in front of me! I didn’t need anything to tell me these details my inbuilt monitor told me these things & that’s where I’m going back too, old school you may call it, out of touch others may call it, I don’t race so I don’t necessarily need to be aware of finite information but that’s where I am now, it’s taking a bit of getting used too again but so far I’m liking the effect, I just I can hold out when I see Mont Ventoux in front of me later this summer..

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SammyG [274 posts] 1 year ago
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You care.

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redmeat [147 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow.

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Scoob_84 [372 posts] 1 year ago
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You'll be back on Strava within 2 months once you acknowledge two facts:

1) There's always someone bigger and stronger out there than you,
2) A ride not recorded on Strava is not a ride.

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Scoob_84 [372 posts] 1 year ago
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You'll be back on Strava within 2 months once you acknowledge two facts:

1) There's always someone bigger and stronger out there than you,
2) A ride not recorded on Strava is not a ride.

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redmeat [147 posts] 1 year ago
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Scoob_84 wrote:

2) A ride not recorded on Strava is not a ride.

Oh dear.

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mooleur [537 posts] 1 year ago
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Damn.

If I could pinpoint my form on number of Strava QOMs I would be a happy girl right now. Why oh why won't BC notice me  20

Seriously though, why don't you just use Garmin connect instead? That way you can ignore those pesky spams and still track your progress!  1

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bfslxo [144 posts] 1 year ago
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SammyG, your right I do care but I intend not to go back & Scoob definitely always someone bigger better stronger & usually younger  20 but a ride is not a ride if not on Strava - ouch  29 & at the mo can't afford a Garmin
I'll let you all know back in 2 months, in the meantime the almost daily rides continue to go unrecorded

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mooleur [537 posts] 1 year ago
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Use map my ride or endomondo rather than garmin then?

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themartincox [466 posts] 1 year ago
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I think I posted to Strava last year, possibly in spring.

Being the proud owner of 1 KOM now, I peaked at 3 of them, i find it a fun tool for memories, but day to day? not so much.

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giff77 [1191 posts] 1 year ago
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Scoob_84 wrote:

You'll be back on Strava within 2 months once you acknowledge two facts:

1) There's always someone bigger and stronger out there than you,
2) A ride not recorded on Strava is not a ride.

You sound like one of the brainwashed lemmings that follow the velomatia

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levermonkey [642 posts] 1 year ago
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Scoob_84 wrote:

You'll be back on Strava within 2 months once you acknowledge two facts:

1) There's always someone bigger and stronger out there than you,
2) A ride not recorded on Strava is not a ride.

1) Yeah! So what? This is news? What you can do at 30 you can't do at 40, what you can do at 40 you can't do at 50.
2) What a load of bollocks! Do you really believe that? Tragically sad.

Not everyone lives and dies by Strava. The main difference between keeping a riding diary/Garmin and Strava is Strava is all about "Look at Me! Look at me!" where as a riding diary/Garmin is all about [Everyone sing along] "I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike...."

Cycling is not about KoMs it's about FUN!  4

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Scoob_84 [372 posts] 1 year ago
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Guys I was joking  24
Too easy on here

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Dapper Giles [69 posts] 1 year ago
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I think we need a sarcasm alarm.

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Spatulala [110 posts] 1 year ago
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I love Strava. I have 1 KOM (it's a descent). I ride with a bunch of guys and we compare our progress against each other's and poke fun in the comments. I love having a record of my rides, and enjoy pipping mates on a key local segment from time to time.

Thank god I'm not a super fit rider, it sounds like life isn't nearly as much fun.

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mrmo [2013 posts] 1 year ago
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Strava's a game don't take it seriously. KOM i got yesterday involved sitting behind a tractor for c6miles*. Is that worse than using a chain gang or waiting for a gale?

*I wonder... what happened to the truck and bike Guy Martin used got to be good for a few segments.

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andyp [1436 posts] 1 year ago
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If you're using Strava to compare yourself against others - seriously - then you need to take a good long look at yourself. Just go and pin a number on and actually race them. On the same day, in the same weather conditions, with the same number of km in your legs before the finish line.

It's very good for tracking your *own* progress. But the whole KoM thing...those people who put their 'stats' in their signatures...is pretty pitiful.

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therevokid [911 posts] 1 year ago
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ridewithgps and track ..... me - totally stress free  1

having turned 50 I have defo found that I no can't do what the 25 y.o. on the
club run do  1

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IngloriousLou [138 posts] 1 year ago
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andyp wrote:

It's very good for tracking your *own* progress. But the whole KoM thing...those people who put their 'stats' in their signatures...is pretty pitiful.

Whatever  1 It's just a bit of fun.

Different people like different things, some like football, some like rugby, some like lager, some like bitter. Just because it's not your thing doesn't make it pitiful.

I compare my progress against my local buddies and we use it as a bit of extra motivation and for the banter.

Feel free to berate me for my sins against cycling but I'm just out there enjoying myself.

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Simon E [2539 posts] 1 year ago
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IngloriousLou wrote:
andyp wrote:

It's very good for tracking your *own* progress. But the whole KoM thing...those people who put their 'stats' in their signatures...is pretty pitiful.

Whatever  1 It's just a bit of fun.

+1.

If people have fun or gain motivation to ride more thanks to Strava then that's great.

Equally if it becomes a chore or doesn't interest you that's fine too.

Perhaps andyp thinks competitiveness in this format isn't legitimate; that trying to get KoM on a segment is childish, even though we all like reading of the pro riders' times up famous climbs.

And is Strava really so inferior to having someone time your effort with a stopwatch?

@bfslxo - you could always keep an old fashioned training diary like Tom Southam and many others:
http://rouleur.cc/journal/racing/training-diaries

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mrmo [2013 posts] 1 year ago
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Simon E wrote:

And is Strava really so inferior to having someone time your effort with a stopwatch?

Good point, TTers pick "fast courses", what they actually mean is flat busy dual carriageways where you get a tow off the passing trucks. Is this cheating?

If you win on the day you won, anything else, pb's etc. what are you proving? Does a pb mean you are fitter/stronger, or does it mean that on the day conditions were better.

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IngloriousLou [138 posts] 1 year ago
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mrmo wrote:

Good point, TTers pick "fast courses", what they actually mean is flat busy dual carriageways where you get a tow off the passing trucks.

TTers are crazy  3

The idea of riding on fast DC clenching the buttcheeks every time you hear the rumble of a 40 ton truck coming past you at 60mph doesn't seem like fun, but whatever floats your boat...

(I should point out that one of my training buddies is a pretty decent TTer and he has my full respect for the speeds he can achieve and maintain)

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kentos1978 [8 posts] 1 year ago
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Just turn on the privacy options and you don't appear on any leaderboards. Surely the best of all worlds?

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kentos1978 [8 posts] 1 year ago
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Just turn on the privacy options and you don't appear on any leaderboards. Surely the best of all worlds?

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kentos1978 [8 posts] 1 year ago
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Just turn on the privacy options and you don't appear on any leaderboards. Surely the best of all worlds?

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rainman onwheels [11 posts] 1 year ago
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Strava made me faster, so I'm grateful it exists. I expect I'm not the only one. There is of course a whole load of bullshit that comes with it  102 - but like many things, it's a package deal.

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big mick [179 posts] 1 year ago
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You don't have to have a Garmin computer.There is an app for a smart phone I think it's £1 or less and then you have a private Garmin connect account simple's!!!  1

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SB76 [102 posts] 1 year ago
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Whatever floats your boats, lets not all knock others for viewing things differently. I like Strava, i like it for tracking my own data. Do i need the data? No not really but it provides motivation to see improvements. Is it good to see how you sit against mates/others? It doesnt hurt, shouldn't be taken seriously as plenty of factors determine their and your times.

The important thing here is use it sensibly, dont become a tool in behaving badly on the road just to rank higher up the charts!!

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andyp [1436 posts] 1 year ago
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'Perhaps andyp thinks competitiveness in this format isn't legitimate'
correct. Woo, look, I just rode a segment faster than someone else. Who may have been riding it 200km later in a ride than me, into a headwind, and with one leg. We'll never know. Ergo, it's not competitiveness.

'that trying to get KoM on a segment is childish'
not childish, no. Fairly sad.

Why not just enter a race?

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Scoob_84 [372 posts] 1 year ago
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Or why go through the trouble of entering a race when you can just go out and do it through strava?

Yes it's not racing but it still competitive

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IngloriousLou [138 posts] 1 year ago
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