Sunday, January 2, 2011

Strava: Crack for metrics junkies

About a month ago a certain somebody suggested I try Strava.
It loaded faster than Garminconnect, and it was around my birthday, so I ponied up the dough for a 1 year subscription.
It tells you all the basic metrics you download from your GPS; time, distance, elevation gain, HR, and power if you've got it. If you don't it gives you an estimate based on weight, speed, and incline.
Like everything else these days you can easily link your activities to Facebook.
But here's were they suck you in.
If your route happens to hit an incline that registers within their parameters as a classified climb, or if someone has marked a climb it will rank you. Gives you virtual trophies, medals and the likes.
Seems me and this fellow Cosmo's paths have crossed on a number of occasions. I'm 2 for 3 against him. He has me on Old Mountain Rd, but I have him on Buena Vista, and East Hartland Rd (they have it listed as East Hartford Rd).
Oddly enough the longest of the 3 climbs our times are closest on; within a few seconds. But the two shorter ones we have separated ourselves by more. He absolutely destroyed me on Old Mountain!
I don't know him from Adam, but he is now my constant nemesis.
My one goal in life right now is to beat his time.
New Year's resolutions?
Old Mountain Rd.
My white whale.


Mookie said...

I love that freakin' site. I wish you could comment on people's rides on the site though.

Did you join the climbing competition? For some reason I can't so emailed support. Hopefully they get that squared away.

I love the KOM's. I won't be shooting for any records until Spring though. It's definitely a great gauge for improvement.

CB2 said...

I tried to enter the climbing compititon too, but wasn't able to.

TJ said...

Cosmo has been tearing it up on my climbs also. Strava has created a new world of competition for us.