Strava Attack

23
Jun
2014

Nothing can motivate a cyclist like a little friendly competition, and Strava definitely provides the framework to create challenges.  Although I’ve had a Strava account since they first started up, I wouldn’t consider myself a Stravaholic like several cyclists around the world.  But the other night I fell asleep thinking about a few of the segments around here, so you know exactly what was on my mind when I took off for my morning ride the next day.

I think Strava is super cool, but I honestly only upload my activity about every month, or whenever I remember.  I’m lucky enough to own KOM status on several segments here in Grenada, and still hold “King” status on a few in Austin.  My Strava Attack started when I was auto e-mailed twice last week from Strava.  Once to say I lost my KOM on a segment in Austin, and the other saying I had lost one here in Grenada.  Well I can’t do much about the Austin segment at the moment, but I was motivated to reclaim the other one.

Loving the Bike Strava

 

On my daily rides, I don’t pay attention to where the segments start and end…..so any of the KOM’s I’ve claimed have been part of a regular ride.  But, this time I was set on altering my ride so that I could do a couple segments that I don’t generally make part of my route.  The Strave Attack was on, and I was sure I could take back my lost KOM along the way.

The overall ride was totally one of my fastest here in Grenada, but after getting home and uploading the ride….the best I had done was slightly improve one of my other standings.  No new KOM’s.  Not even a PB.

You won this time, Strava.  But I’ll be back.  Yeah, you could say that I’m slowly becoming a Stravaholic…..how about you?

If you’re on Strava and want to friend me up, here’s a link to my Strava Page.

Get Motivated.  Strava-Attack.  #MakeitHappen

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2 Responses to “ Strava Attack ”

  1. Tim on June 25, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Scott, you can just can and flag a ride which has bogus data like that and then it takes them of any leaderboards etc. I am a total stravaholic and I even check it a few times a day to see what others I follow have been up too – I love it, such a motivator for me.

  2. Scott on June 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Last summer, at the point when I was riding well (for me) I actually gained a KOM on a local segment…which lasted all of an hour. Within the hour, it was gained by a rider who apparently managed to ride at 53mph uphill, and he was surpassed the same day by a QOM who rode an average of 56mph. When I checked out their profiles, they each owned numerous K/Q titles, and their overall average speeds were north of 50mph. At that point, I gave up on Strava – surely there is a way for them to build in an algorithm to look for unrealistic speeds and poachers who take their GPSs in their cars to post high speeds. Maybe there is now – I don’t know…but it was pretty discouraging.

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