Monday, April 2, 2012

Strava

It seems as if Strava is taking amateur cycling by storm. I mean, we, as cyclists, have long been apt to wave our dicks at one another in the form of posting our times up various climbs and so forth. Now, thanks to Strava and GPS, every ride is a race, or rather a series of races limited only by the number of Strava segments into which your route has been subdivided.

But in order to engage in this virtual dick waving, one must "follow" other riders--to complete the analogy--whose virtual dicks one would be interested in seeing waved about. As participation has grown, some people new people have decided to follow me. Many of these people I don't know, which is surprising, since I am decidedly not a big deal. But some of these people are my friends, so I thought I would follow them in return.*

*An act of masochism, as seeing how fast they are will certainly only add to the guilt I feel when a piece of pasta or a morsel of sugar or god forbid a bottle of beer passes over my lips since I know these things, while delicious, will not contribute to my fastness.

Strava, however, has incorporated privacy features that make it so members can require approval for another member to follow them. To which I say: get over yourselves. If you have a training ride or even a not training ride that you don't want other people to see, don't post it.

3 comments:

  1. Dick waving, dick dance? You and your buddies riding with crotchless bike shorts? Yeehaw!

    I really like Strava. Although anyone "following" me will really be disappointed with my commuter rides and such. I particularly like the downhill segments for the mtb. I had a pretty slow time on the Rattlesnake downhill (Millcreek Canyon) segment before I knew it was a segment (must have been all the hikers I courteously stopped for :)), so I attempted to redeem myself yesterday only to find out my phone died halfway through the ride and didn't time my downhill run. If I don't have a GPS track of my ride did it actually happen???

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  2. I admit it ... I like Strava, and seeing how other people do on the various segments.

    But I'm not striving for KOM bragging points; for me, it's all about the lanterne rouge.

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